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Remove stains and dirt from the stainless steel

• Life is full of problems.

Your new stainless steel kitchen is a mess of burnt fat and fingerprints.
The construction company has stained the elegant, stainless steel-clad walls of your building with lacquer and limestone.
The pots that cost you so much are stained with coffee or damaged by hot.
The gardener forgot his carbon steel tongs on the garden table of your beach house, and rust has soiled the stainless steel surface.
Certain things happen to someone at least once in a lifetime.

 

No fear!

Fortunately, the stainless steel surfaces are resistant to stains and wear. Because of this, they are used in aggressive and extreme environments, both in the home and in the industrial sector. Sinks, large kitchens, tanks, furniture ceilings and operating tools are exposed to paint, grease, heat, dirt and weathering.
These daily attacks can damage the aesthetics of the stainless steel.
Do not despair: in most cases there is a simple, quick and inexpensive solution.

 

Daily cleaning of light soiling.

Using soap or detergent, or a 1% solution of ammonia in hot water.
With a soft cloth or clean sponge, rinse with clean water and dry well.

 

Remove the fingerprints from the stainless steel.

As mentioned above, use detergent and hot water. For stubborn marks, you can use solvents such as alcohol or acetone. There are also special products on the market that can reduce fingerprint traces.

Oil, grease and smudges.

You can use solvents such as denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or acetone to remove the traces of oil. Alkaline cleaning agents can be used on surfaces that do not come into direct contact with food.

Heavy soiling, discoloration, water and oxidation stains

Use mild, non-abrasive cleaning agents. Put on a cloth or sponge and rinse with clean water. Avoid abrasives and products that contain chlorine. You can also use cleansing cream, calcium carbonate, or citric acid.

Remove paint and ink from the steel.

Use a thinner or a specific paint stripper depending on the paint. For textured or decorated surfaces, use a nylon brush or a soft brush. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Burned or charred food

Soak in boiling water and dilute ammonia solutions or detergents. Remove the dirt from the steel with a nylon brush and abrasive detergent powder. Repeat as necessary, and then clean with soap and water. Be careful: sanding dust can scratch the polished surfaces!

Tea and coffee stains.

To remove tea stains from the steel, soak in hot water with sodium carbonate (Soda Solvay). For coffee stains, use warm water and sodium bicarbonate. These solutions can also be applied with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse with clear water.

Limestone, concrete or lime deposits.

Use a solution of warm water and phosphoric acid to 10/15% vol. Neutralize with dilute ammonia solution, rinse with clean water and dry.
To remove limestone stains, you can also use one part vinegar to three parts water. Clean with a nylon brush. You can also find specialized cleaning products on the market. Be very careful to remove limescale stains from steel, use hydrochloric acid-based products.
To avoid water stains, do not leave any drips, especially if the water is very hard and rich in minerals. You can use a hair dryer or a paper towel.

Hot marks or severe discoloration.

You can use non-abrasive cleaning agents or polishing pastes, e.g. B. Use “Polish” for the cars. The creams will work on most surfaces, but be careful with very smooth surfaces as they can leave scratches. If the steel is not polished, you can use a non-rub sponge. Use it in the satinizing direction, not sideways.

 

Clean stainless steel with encrusted dirt.

Use thin grit abrasive paste for bodywork, then rinse and dry. Be careful because the brushed and polished surfaces could easily become shiny. Because of this, you would have to treat the entire surface, not just the dirty areas, so as not to leave a visible difference.

Isolated rust.

The rust of common steel (carbon steel, not stainless) can stain stainless steel.
Iron particles from welding, filings, chips and so on prevent the natural passivation of the stainless steel. This is how rust develops, which in severe cases can turn into localized corrosion.
There are special products for removing such stains. Alternatively, you can use a 10% solution of phosphoric acid; Then, clean with dilute ammonia and then clean thoroughly. You can also try a solution of oxalic acid, always rinsing well.
One method that is somewhat drastic of removing traces of rust in localized areas is to sand with a fine sandpaper. We recommend that you do a test on a hidden area to check the result. When the steel is satin finished, smooth in the direction of the satin finish. Do not use steel wool if it is not made of stainless steel. Do not use used sandpaper to grind ordinary steel.

We have not mentioned any product names but only their type in order not to advertise them.
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The cleaning agents must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions while observing the environment and safety standards.
Do not use solvents or cleaning agents that release gases in closed environments.

Do not use any sharp or pointed objects that could scratch the surfaces.
Do not use any substances containing chlorine or abrasives such as B. Chlorine bleach.
We recommend that you carry out a test on a concealed area in order to check the result before cleaning with aggressive substances.
If you use metal brushes, they must be made of stainless steel to avoid contamination.

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