IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL FABRICATION INFORMATION

Stainless steel can be contaminated by carbon steel which will lead to corrosion. Ideally, a fabricator will have dedicated workshop and tools for stainless steel only.

Contamination can be picked up from:

  • Grinding wheels, wire brushes and linishing belts
  • Steel storage racks
  • Tooling used with other metals
  • Contamination from grinding or welding sparks from nearby carbon steel fabrication

ARCHITECTURAL WOVEN MESH

If the mesh is not black powder coated and is being used externally for aesthetic purposes, to minimise tea staining please evaluate if the mesh is to be picked, passivated and electropolished.

MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

The cleaning frequency of stainless steel depends on four points;

  • The environment
  • Position of the stainless steel structure
  • Stainless steel surface finish and structure design
  • Client’s expectations

A rule of thumb for cleaning external stainless steel is when you clean the surrounding windows also clean the stainless steel.

CLEANING

Wash surface of stainless steel (both surfaces if stainless steel mesh) with soap or mild detergent and warm water. Rinse in clean cold water and dry. Cleaning to be undertaken in accordance with table ‘A Guide to Specifying and Cleaning External Stainless Steel’.

A GUIDE TO SPECIFYING AND CLEANING EXTERNAL STAINLESS STEEL

Environment Grade 316
Clean Inland 6 -12 months
Polluted urban/Industrial 6 -12 months
Coastal/Marine (not splashed) 3 – 6 months

Source: ASSDA

Note: Rainwater is an effective natural cleaner, stainless steel that does not get rained upon will need more frequent cleaning.

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