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Stainless Steel

WHY STAINLESS STEEL?

  • Highly durable
  • Easy to clean
  • UV and weather resistant
  • Environmentally-friendly

NATURL CHARACTERISTICS

This product may possess physical and technical attributes that form part of the natural characteristics of this material. Such features may include, but are not limited to:

  • Colour variation
  • Grain variation
  • Texture variation
  • Blemishes
  • Abrasion resistance

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL

  1. Remove all cushions and coverings before cleaning
  2. Remove any loose dirt and particles with a dry cloth
  3. Gently wipe off any sticky marks or stubborn spots with a damp wet cloth or soft-bristled brush
  4. Prepare a mild cleaning solution consisting of approximately 2 tablespoons of ph-neutral soap with 1 litre of water
  5. Apply to a clean microfibre cloth and wipe down all surfaces
  6. Rinse off thoroughly with a clean, wet cloth to remove any excess detergent
  7. Use a soft, clean cloth to wipe down all surfaces and allow to dry naturally
  8. Repeat the cleaning process every 3-4 months, depending on the furniture’s level of use

ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • Wipe down surfaces regularly to prevent buildup of excess dirt, dust, salt or chlorine, which may lead to damage such as teastaining
  • Don’t hose down furniture during periods of extreme heat - sudden temperature changes may cause stress on a material which can weaken it long-term
  • Prolonged outdoor use in extreme weather conditions is not recommended
  • Cover furniture when not in use to prevent damage from inclement weather, leaf mulch, sap and wildlife
  • Consider furniture placement and avoid areas that are likely to cause excessive build up of corrosive materials

HOW TO REMOVE HARD-WATER STAINS

Due to it’s high mineral content, hard-water scaling may occur as a result of exposure to the elements, or lack of routine maintenance. Try the following steps to removing calcium deposits and hard water spots.

  1. Prepare a solution of equal parts white vinegar and distilled water
  2. Spray the solution directly on to the stain and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse thoroughly with a clean, wet cloth to ensuring all residue has been removed
  4. If the scaling has only been slightly lifted, repeat steps 2 and 3 to allow the stain more time to soak
  5. If successful, allow to air dry completely before use, otherwise proceed to the next step
  6. Prepare a paste consisting of 3 parts baking soda, 1 part distilled water and a few drops of white vinegar
  7. Apply the paste to a clean sponge and gently scrub the stain
  8. Apply more paste directly on to the stain and allow to sit for 15 minutes
  9. Rinse thoroughly with a clean, wet cloth to ensuring all residue has been removed
  10. Re-apply the paste for a second time if required

HOW TO REMOVE TEA STAINING

Tea staining is a cosmetic issue that appears as a discolouration of stainless steel surfaces, usually as a result of superficial corrosion. This may be caused by a number of factors, including proximity to coastal areas, exposure to the air borne pollutants, as well as lack of routine maintenance. Although tea staining does not affect the structural integrity or life of the material, it is important to tend to staining problems immediately using the methods outlined below*:

  1. Treat the surface to dissolve the stain by using a phosphoric acid mixture, but avoid using a mixtures containing hypochlorite, hydrochloric acid or chlorine
  2. Wet the surface with the solution, at the recommended dilution using a rag or soft-bristled brush
  3. Leave the solution on the surface until the stain has been removed - about 30 minutes or longer, ensuring the surface is never dried out
  4. It often helps to renew the application during this time - mild rubbing with the applicator may help to dislodge heavier deposits
  5. If required, gel or paste formulations are available to help the acid stay on the surface, particularly when on steep & vertical surfaces
  6. Alternatively, a sulphamic acid based powder cleaner (e.g. Essteele Stainless Steel Cleaner) on a moist rag can be used. The stains can be scrubbed off – once over to leave some chemical on the surface, then a second scrub after five or ten minutes is usually effective.

*Adapted from Austral Wright

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