S3i Blog August - 2017

John Loughlin

Technical Team

Stainless Steel Balustrade By The Sea

Protect and care for your stainless steel in coastal areas.

The presence of sea salt on the surface of the stainless steel is one of the major factors that causes staining or discolour, impairing the overall look of your balustrade, this brown discolouration is commonly known as 'tea staining'.

Sea salt has the characteristic of staying wet until a very low relative humidity. The result of this is that the surface stays wet (and is corroding) longer with sea salt.

In coastal and any outdoor environment we always recommend using 316 marine grade stainless steel.

Washing regularly with warm water and soap or a mild detergent such as washing up liquid removes deposits (such as salt) that can cause corrosion, remember to rinse the surface thoroughly and dry to prevent staining and water spots.

For heavy tea staining we recommend the regular use of Q Clean or Q-Ultra Clean which recover the chemical composition of the stainless steel surface and will remove any contaminates. As an alternative WD-40 can be used to clean blemishes and protect your stainless steel.

Remember - If you start a regular cleaning regime from time of installation your stainless steel balustrade will be looking great for many years to come.

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Tag: S3i Group, Stainless Steel, Maintenance and Care, Tea Staining, Coastal Balustrade, Corrosion

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