Care & Maintenance
IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL FABRICATION INFORMATION
Stainless steel can be contaminated by carbon steel which will lead to corrosion. Ideally, a fabricator will have a dedicated workshop and tools for stainless steel only.
Contamination can be picked up from:
- Grinding wheels, wire brushes and linishing belts
- Steel storage racks
- Tooling used with other metals
- Contamination from grinding or welding sparks from nearby carbon fabrication
ARCHITECTURAL WOVEN MESH
If the mesh is not black powder coated and is being used externally for aesthetic purposes, to minimise tea staining, please evaluate if mesh is to be picked, passivated, and electropolished.
The cleaning frequency of stainless steel depends on four points;
- The environment
- Position of the stainless steel structure
- Stainless steel surface finish and structure design
- Client’s expectations
A rule of thumb for cleaning external stainless steel is when you clean the surrounding windows also clean the stainless steel.
Wash surface of stainless steel (both surfaces if stainless steel mesh) with soap or mild detergent and warm water. Rinse in clean cold water and dry. Cleaning to be undertaken in accordance with ‘A Guide to Specifying and Cleaning External Stainless Steel’.
A Guide to Specifying and Cleaning External Stainless Steel
|Clean Inland||6 - 12 Months|
|Polluted urban / Industrial||6 - 12 Months|
|Coastal / Marine (not splashed)||3 - 6 Months|
Note: Rainwater is an effective natural cleaner, stainless steel that does not get rained upon will need more frequent cleaning.