Stainless steel and nitrile rubber are easy to clean. Washing with soap or a mild detergent and warm water, followed by a clean water rinse is usually adequate for most industrial applications. An enhanced aesthetic appearance will be achieved if the cleaned surface is finally wiped dry.
Acids should only be used for on-site cleaning when all other methods have been proved unsatisfactory. Rubber gloves should be used and care taken to ensure acid cleaners are not spilt over adjacent areas.
Special precautions are necessary with oxalic acid and solvents should not be used in closed spaces without adequate ventilation. Manufacturer’s directions should always be followed.
If the suggestions in the table below have been attempted and the result is still unsatisfactory, stainless steel is able to be mechanically cleaned by specialists on site. Please contact ACO for further information.
|Routine cleaning, all finishes.||Soap or mild detergent and water (such as dishwashing liquid).||Sponge, rinse with clean water, wipe dry if necessary.|
|Fingerprints, all finishes.||Soap or warm water or organic solvent (e.g. acetone, alcohol).||Rinse with clean water, wipe dry if necessary.|
|Stubborn stains and discolouration.||Mild cleaning solutions or cream cleanser.||Rinse well with clean water and wipe dry.|
|Oil and grease marks, all finishes.||Organic solvents (e.g. acetone, alcohol).||Clean after soap and water, rinse with cleanwater and dry.|
|Rust and other corrosion products.||Oxalic acid.||Rinse well with clean water. The cleaning solution should be applied with a swab and allowed to stand for 15–20 minutes before being washed away with water. Use a mild cleaning solution to give a final clean if required.|
|Scratches on brush (satin) finish.||Household synthetic fibre scouring pads.||Do not use ordinary steel wool, as particles can become embedded in stainless steel and cause surface problems. For deeper scratches; apply scourer in direction of polising. Clean with soap or detergent as per routine cleaning.|