Maintenance & Cleaning
Stainless steel should never be cleaned with steel wool, sandpaper, mineral acids, bleaches or chlorine.
In most cases, light staining can be removed with a fine abrasive cleaner, scouring powder, or non-metallic abrasive scouring pad such as a Scotch Brite® pad.
Stainless Steel Cleaner and WD-40 are excellent and practical cleaners and polishers for stainless steel.
Applying cleaning products
Apply the cleaning product in the same direction as the finish to minimize damage. Stainless Steel cleaner can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
Use caution when cleaning with muriatic acid or bleach solutions for disinfection. Such chemicals should immediately and thoroughly be rinsed from stainless surfaces in the vicinity.
Occasionally, operators or owners report “rusting” or staining on their outdoor showers. Staining that looks like rust can be caused by the pool environment, lead content in the water, chlorine-based chemicals, chemicals in the atmosphere, or contact with undesirable other contaminants or chemicals. The brown stains on stainless steel components do not impair the structural integrity of the product. It is advisable to clean stainless steel products in saltwater conditions weekly and apply a protective coating to prevent staining.
STAINLESS STEEL CONSIDERATIONS
Stainless steel is the preferred material for providing aesthetic appeal, strength, durability, corrosion resistance, and ease of fabrication at beachside and pool properties. It’s possible, however, for problems to occur regarding stainless alloys in natatorium environments. But aquatics professionals can generally avoid potential problems by paying proper attention to pool operation, maintenance, and material selection.
The chloramines produced by pools disinfected with chlorine-based chemicals can pass into the atmosphere, where they can accumulate as condensate on above-water surfaces. When the chloramines decompose, they can form a solution that initiates corrosion of underlying metals.
Do not add chlorine to your pool nearby stainless steel equipment, and rinse the stainless steel if in the same area where chemicals are added. Do not store stainless steel products in a closed area underneath steel beams or where other steel products can contaminate the surface or in areas where chlorine is stored.