Stainless steel is a versatile and popular material used in various industries and applications, from kitchen appliances to medical equipment.
It offers excellent corrosion resistance, durability, and aesthetic appeal. However, not all stainless steel is created equal.
Here’s what you should know:
Stainless Steel 304
- Contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel
- Providing excellent corrosion resistance, even in harsh environments
- Highly resistant to oxidation, organic acids, and many chemicals
- Used in kitchen appliances and equipment
Stainless Steel 316
- Contains 16-18% chromium, 10-14% nickel, and 2-3% molybdenum
- Known for its superior corrosion resistance, especially in marine and chloride-rich environments
- Popular for using it for coastal environments, medical equipment, areas with high salt level
Stainless Steel 430
- Not as resistant to corrosion as grades like 304 or 316
Stainless Steel 201
- Contains less nickel and has a lower corrosion resistance compared to 304
Our Steely™ Collection is made from Stainless Steel 304. While they are durable and resistant to corrosion, cleaning, and maintenance are still required for them to look good for a lifetime.
1. Regular Cleaning
To keep your stainless steel 304 items looking their best, establish a regular cleaning routine after using them. Start by wiping the surface with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in warm water and mild dish soap.
Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots.
Note: Avoid abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as they can scratch the surface.
2. Removing Stains and Fingerprints
Despite its resistance to stains, stainless steel 304 items may occasionally show marks or fingerprints.
To remove them, try using a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Apply the solution to the affected areas and gently rub with a soft cloth or sponge, following the grain of the stainless steel.
Rinse thoroughly and dry.
3. Preserving the Shine
If your stainless steel 304 items have a polished finish, take care when cleaning or polishing to avoid damaging the surface.
Always clean and polish following the direction of the grain to maintain the desired appearance.
Use specialized stainless steel cleaners or polishes to restore shine and protect the surface. Remember to read and follow the instructions on the product label.
4. Heat and Chemicals
While stainless steel 304 is generally resistant to heat and chemicals, it’s best to avoid subjecting it to extreme conditions.
High temperatures or exposure to harsh chemicals can discolor or damage the surface.
Take care when using oven cleaners or other strong chemicals near your stainless steel items. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly and dry immediately.
Proper care and maintenance of stainless steel 304 items in your home are essential for preserving their aesthetic appeal and longevity.
By following these tips, you can keep your kitchen shining and enjoy the benefits of this durable and stylish material.
Remember, a little regular care goes a long way in ensuring your stainless steel 304 items remain a source of pride and beauty in your home.