THE STAINLESS STEEL AND ITS PROPRIETIES
Stainless steel is technically an alloy with characteristics of high resi stance to corrosion due to the presence of certain elements capable of creating an invisible layer of protective oxides on its surface.
The most interesting property of stainless steel is represented by its ability to self regenerate this layer – also called passive film – thanks to its reaction with oxygen from the elements of alloy.
It follows therefore that in the case of scratching, the passive film will self regenerate, ensuring constant and continuous protection from external agents.
Stainless steel is very hygienic tank to the compactness of its surface, the fact it is non porous, and its high resistance to mechanical stress.
The combination of these factors reduces the risk of absorption of foreign particles and stagnation of bacteria is eliminated.
The 100% recyclability of stainless steel completes its extraordinary features.
Maintenance of stainless steel products
Stainless steel requires little and simple tricks to be cleaned and maintained, by adopting them you will prolong the life of your item and enhance its great characteristics over time.
To begin with, just bear in mind that at the end of every cleaning cycle, it is very important to thoroughly rinse your item and to dry it afterwards.
Drying it properly is particularly worthwhile because water drops leftover could cause lime scale or ferrous accumulations to encrust and stain its surface.
Recommended products and methods
To perform a good overall wash-over mild soap in combination with a soft sponge works best, whereas a cream detergent soap is definitely more recommendable in case of tough stain and dirt.
Alternatively, a variably diluted solution of water and baking soda, rubbed over the area to be treated, is as well efficient, especially when used with a synthetic, nylon-like sponge.
In case of lime scale accumulations, generally harder to remove, a solution of water and vinegar is just as effective as simple, particularly if you completely soak your item in it for a few hours.
Despite steel great features of resistance, you should never use abrasive steel wools as they would inevitably scratch your item surface and could even release ferrous remnants responsible for rusty stains.
Equally damaging consequences would occur where silver care solutions and hydrochloric acid or bleach – based cleaning products would be deployed.
To know more …
Please refer to the following links for more exhaustive information:
European Stainless Steel Association
British Stainless Steel Association