Stainless steel patch fittings need maintenance more than you can image
Description: HeleH patch fittings are protected by the most advanced lacquer available. You should clean them with a cloth moistened with soapy water. We provide many different methods in this article. Get it!
Why we need to clean stainless steel patch fittings?
After a period of time the lacquer coating, especially on external patch fittings can suffer a possible breakdown. Therefore, the life of the patch fittings is beyond the manufacturer's control. They can not guarantee it. If the lacquer coating breaks down, you should remove the brass patch fittings and coat. To do this, use a soft brush with acetone thinner like "Nitramores". Perform according to the manufacturer instructions.
Next, completely dry the product by using a soft cloth and metal polis. It can be "Brasso" or "Duraglit". At this stage, we can either be re-lacquered or polished the product when required.
Picture 1: Keeping stainless steel patch fittings like new is necessary
We need to clean stainless steel patch fittings for aesthetic considerations. Additionally, this is to preserve corrosion resistance. We will protect stainless steel patch fittings from corrosion. It is due to a thin layer of chromium oxide. Oxygen from the atmosphere comes with the chromium in the stainless steel. Then, they form this passive chromium oxide film that protects from further corrosion.
There are contamination of the surface by dirt or other material. They all hinder this passivation process and traps corrosive agents. Thus, they will reduce corrosion protection. Some form of cleaning is essential to preserve the appearance and integrity of the surface. We can clean stainless steel patch fittings easily with many various methods.
These products actually thrive with frequent cleaning. Unlike some other materials, we can not 'wear out' stainless steel by excessive cleaning. The stainless steel patch fittings perform best when they are clean. Cleanliness is necessary for maximum resistance to corrosion.
Maintenance program of stainless steel patch fittings
We should wipe over with a clean cloth and warm water with a mild detergent all exposed surfaces. Perform this on a frequent and routine basis. If they are more stubborn dirt or stains, use mild, non-scratching abrassing powders. For example, typical household cleaners. We can use them with warm water, bristle brushes, sponges or clean cloths. If you want to clean more aggressively, add a small amount of vinegar to the powder.
Picture 2: Comply with instructions when cleaning stainless steel patch fittings
You have to avoid using carbon steel brushes and steel wool. That’s because they may leave particles embedded in the surface. This can lead to rusting. After cleaning, you should immediately rinse in clean hot water. Then, wipe completely with a dry towel.
We recommend for routine cleaning is once a month. It has to be more often in areas subject to heavy soiling or frequent use. You consider routine maintenance as a prerequisite of compliance with an associated guarantee. Then, you should keep 'Maintenance Log' for each installation.
Using beeswax for maintaining patch fittings is new idea
Beeswax is the combination of hand forged metal finished with wax. Because of the simplicity, patch fittings are essentially everlasting. It will be as long as you maintain them correctly with a premium quality beeswax.
Sometimes, temperature changes your product. This may have a slight white bloom. Therefore, we recommend polishing it with a soft cloth and a small amount of maintenance wax. This is to restore the finish. If you fit your product in a damp area ( a bathroom), it may potentially exhibit surface rust. If this occurs, you should clean the product with fine wire wool. Additionally, apply a premium quality beeswax to restore the finish.
Picture 3: Beeswax is good way to clean your stainless steel patch fittings
The use of maintenance wax is essential to restore the finish. It is also afford protection to the beeswax range of products. If there is surface rust, you simply rub the affected area with wire wool. Next, apply the maintenance wax with a rag or brush. It is crucial to pay attention to where mechanical parts come together. There will be abrasive movement. And the wax surface will eventually be lost.
We recommend that you should oil these moving parts. There may be very slight colour or size differences with these products. That’s because every item is hand forged. This will be a problem with other ironmongery products. Thus, we feel it enhances the appeal of this range.
We hope that you will know about stainless steel patch fittings more through this article. Accordingly, you can care and maintain your patch fittings in effective ways. If you need us to consult patch fittings as well as other products, leave messages or contact us at: http://heleh.it/