Care & Cleaning of Stainless Steel Frames & Fixtures
How to Clean Stainless Steel Boat Frames & Fixtures
Stainless Steel, being one of the most durable corrosion resistant metals available, is perfectly suited for fixtures and hardware in the harsh marine environment. This super material even has it's own natural anti-corrosive coating-an adherent oxide passive film due to a reaction with surface oxygen. Despite this, Stainless is not impervious to corrosion. Keeping stainless steel clean of contaminates and avoiding contact with other kinds of metal is the best way to preserve it's beauty, functionality and promote it's natural corrosion defense.
- Mix a solution of mild soap and water.
- For general cleaning, wash the tubing using a cloth or sponge-do not use steel wool.
- Rinse thoroughly, because detergent, soap or cleanser residue may interfere with stainless steel's adherent oxide passive film.
- Thoroughly dry.
- Application of a metal cleaner and/or polish is recommended-polish will provide additional surface protection.
- Don't use steel wool or sandpaper to scrub stainless steel.
- Do not use bleach.
- Clean frequently with mild soap and water.
- Glass cleaner is acceptable for stainless steel.
- Application of a polish is recommended.