The term Stainless Steel means exactly that, “stain less”, rather than, “no stain steel”.
Handle House’s stainless steel products are of highest Australian quality material and are very resistant to corrosion. Factors however still exists that can cause stainless steel to stain and discolour the appearance of your handles and hardware over time. This is a natural process and does not indicate a fault or defect in the manufacturing process of our products.
As stainless steel does not have an outer coating it is necessary to provide cleaning on a regular basis to ensure your product remains of its original high quality.
A brown discolouration, also known as tea staining, is a phenomenon that occurs where water with significant chloride content is in regular contact with the metal surface. This is a common occurrence along the coastlines of Australia, however with regular maintenance this event can be controlled for any handles exposed to these kinds of conditions.
It is recommended to use filtered, clean water with the cleaning sponge and then wipe over with a dry cloth. If tea staining has already occurred use mildly abrasive substances or a specialist steel cleaner for example Nevr-Dull which can be purchased from Handle House. Do not use steel wool, as this will leave a steel residue which in itself is prone to rusting.
DO NOT GO AGAINST THE GRAIN! Always rub stainless in the same direction as the grain. Rubbing against the grain will spoil the finish and stainless will lose its shine. Worse still, rubbing against the grain can damage the surface by creating microscopic crevices where dirt can collect. This can lead to corrosion spots.
If you are unsure of the material of your chosen products please do not hesitate to ring the Handle House team to discuss the best way to care for and maintain the high quality finish of your handles.