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Care & Maintenance: Stainless Steel (Metals)

Stainless Steel (Metals)

Stainless steel is an alloy of low carbon steel and chromium, which is inherently anti-corrosive and will not lose this resistance if scratched. In most environments, oxidation may occur, and in the early stages it is non-corrosive and easy to wipe away. This is referred to as surface rust or “fly rust.” If left unchecked, this corrosion may become irreversible over time. Regular maintenance is important, especially in marine and coastal environments.


  • A general cleaning with mild, pH-neutral soap such as Dawn® and clean water using a non-abrasive cloth or sponge, being sure to thoroughly dry.
  • Cleaning any metal surfaces with abrasives, scouring powder or hard bristle brushes is not recommended.


  • To treat stubborn dirt or surface rust (also known as “fly rust”), use a good stainless steel cleaner (options available at most hardware stores) and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • We offer McMaster® Stainless Steel Wipes (JeC Item #799-30-200-00-00), which clean and offer added protection against rust buildup. Follow instructions on packaging.


  • For heavy cleaning, we recommend using a high quality stainless steel cleaner and adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions.