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Care and maintenance of stainless steel hardware

31 August 2018
Care and maintenance of stainless steel hardware

Stainless steels are very resistant to rust, however this does not mean that they are impervious to it. Stainless steel will rust and must be kept clean and free from contaminants. Frequent cleaning is a requirement to maintain its lustre and appearance.

One of the advantages of stainless steel hardware is that any rust spots can be easily removed and generally the product will return to its “new” state with appropriate cleaning.

How to clean stainless steel hardware

  • Most discolouration can be removed with a mildly abrasive cleaner (AJAX, JIF, Brasso etc).
  • Heavier corrosion and rust can be removed using a Scotch-Brite pad or stainless steel scourer.
  • After cleaning, the product should be rinsed free of all cleaning product residue with fresh water.
  • Do not use steel wool, as this will leave residues of steel which will rust.

Substances to avoid with your stainless steel hardware

Stainless steel will develop discolouration, rust spots, and corrosion brought about by environmental and installation conditions. Environments with exposure to the following substances should be avoided:

  • Chlorine based (bleach) products and cleaners
  • Hydrochloric acid, (commonly used for tile and concrete cleaning).
  • Cement dust.
  • Soap concentrates.
  • Water with high iron content (generally bore water)

We recommend regular treatment with 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and polish to further protect and enhance stainless steel hardware.

NOTE: Stainless steel is a living metal, so light surface rust is more likely to occur in the first few weeks after installation as the metal stabilises with the environment. Do not be alarmed, this quite common but does require cleaning immediately to prevent permanent damage.

For more information on care and maintenance of your new windows, doors and hardware, please read our Care and Maintenance Brochure.