Maybe you haven’t noticed this yet, but stainless-steel corner guards usually have excellent corrosion resistance, strength, luster, and durability. All these features are just perfect and good to hear. But still with every good thing, you will always find some fault, doesn’t really matter how big or small it is but there will be some fault. And that, of the stainless-steel corner guards is that they aren’t completely stain or rust proof. So, if you fail to do some regular maintenance on them and keep them free of any contaminants, then you shouldn’t be surprised to see them rust and stain.
Most appliances made of stainless steel usually stay stain and dust resistance for many years, but the issue comes in when they start to scratch and blemishes start appearing on them. This article will guide you on how you can take care of your stainless-steel corner guards and ensure they serve you for the longest time possible.
The do’s and Don’ts when it comes to stainless steel corner guards
Here are the do’s
- Ensure you clean your stainless-steel corner guards on a regular basis with soap and warm water. You can also use any cleaner that is safe for glass which is usually safe to be used on these appliances as well. You can also use ammonia in the absence of glass cleaners, but make sure to thoroughly rinse and dry it with a soft cloth.
- Ensure you remove any discoloration or any rust spots on the stainless-steel corner guards as soon as you spot any starting to form. You can also apply a mild abrasive cleaner like Ajax, or Bon Ami or any other solution of equal equivalence using a wet cotton cloth. Ensure you rinse the area thoroughly and then wipe it dry. Any stains which you notice resist this treatment may need to be scoured in the direction of the grain using a mild abrasive cleaner and stainless-steel wool in creamy paste form. If you notice that scrapping is required, then you can use the stainless-steel pads, wood, plastic tools, or even sponges. It can be good if you have a professional look at the issue if you realize that scrapping or scouring is required.
- Never use any course abrasives like steel wool or sandpaper on stainless steel. You may end up encouraging rusting instead of preventing it.
- Don’t clean the stainless steel with salt solutions or mineral acids.
- Never store any chlorine-based product near the stainless-steel items.
- Don’t leave the stainless-steel item in contact with steel, iron, or any other metal that can cause contamination which eventually leads to rust or corrosion.
- Don’t use any chlorine-based cleaning liquids like bleach to clean or wipe stainless steel.
- Never use any hard-abrasive scouring powders like VIM which will end up leaving scratch marks on the stainless-steel items.
- Refrain from using any wire wool pads that are made of ordinary steel like Brillo pads. These products impair the self-healing capabilities of your stainless-steel surfaces.