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Caring for Stainless Steel

CARE AND CLEANING OF STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel is steel alloyed with chromium to make it highly resistant to stain, rust, and corrosion. Note: This does NOT mean that stainless steel will never rust or corrode. Science has not yet developed a steel which is completely stainless or corrosion PROOF.

The type of stainless steel and finish selected by SSCI for this product is the best available for the intended use.

CLEANING AND CLEANSERS

The basic rule of thumb is to use the mildest cleaning procedure that will do the job effectively. Always rinse thoroughly with clear water and dry completely. Frequent cleaning will prolong the service life of stainless steel equipment and will help maintain a bright, pleasing appearance.

Ordinary deposits of waste and fluids can usually be removed with soap and water. More stubborn deposits or tightly adhering debris may require harder scrubbing and possibly the use of commercial cleaning products acceptable for use on metal surfaces. When using any cleaning agent, rub in the direction of the polish lines or "grain" of the metal. For high luster finishes, clean soft cloths or pads should be used. If especially rough cleaning is necessary, use “stainless steel” wool, nylon, or plastic scrubbers. Test these scrubbers in an inconspicuous area first to be sure they do not mar or scratch the stainless steel finish.

Minor scale build-up and some hard water spotting may be removed by washing with vinegar, followed by a neutralizing rinse with clear water and a thorough drying with a soft cloth. For heavy deposits of scale, 5% oxalic acid (use warm), 5-15% sulfamic acid, or 5-10% phosphoric acid may be used. Always follow with a neutralizing rinse of clean water and a thorough drying.

The large selection of brands and combinations of chemicals available for deodorizing, disinfecting, and sanitizing is staggering. Select one or more agents for use in your facility only after weighing all the benefits claimed by each product. Often this choice is made without adequate consideration of the effects these agents may produce on equipment or furnishings.

CAUTION: Before selecting a chemical to employ in your facility, review label statements regarding use with metals (stainless steel). Always consult the chemical supplier if there are any doubts.

Avoid prolonged use of chlorides (such as chlorine bleach), bromides, iodides, and thiocyanates on stainless steel surfaces as these chemicals will cause pitting, corrosion, and metal discoloration. Allowing salty solutions to evaporate and dry on stainless steel may also contribute to corrosive conditions.

In summary, select chemical deodorizers, disinfectants, and/or sanitizers only after weighing all possible benefits and known adverse effects.

EFFECT ON WARRANTY

CAUTION: The warranty for this product is void if the care and cleaning instructions provided in this manual are not followed.



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