Stainless steels are generally low in maintenance, although some is required to maximise corrosion resistance and removal of surface contamination. Proper care and maintenance will ensure your ICON™ or ANDO™ Stainless steel hardware achieves maximum corrosion resistance and maintains its lustre and appearance indefinitely.
One of the advantages of stainless steel hardware is that any “tea staining” or discolouration can be easily removed and generally the product will return to its ‘new’ state with appropriate cleaning.
Stainless steel may develop discolouration brought about by environmental and installation conditions. Environments with exposure to the following substances should be avoided:
NOTE: Stainless steel is a living metal, so light surface discolouration is likely to occur in the first few weeks after installation as the metal stabilises with the environment. Do not be alarmed, this is quite normal but does require cleaning immediately to prevent permanent damage.
Hardware supplied with a powder coat finish should be cleaned on a regular basis.
Atmospheric deposits, especially in coastal areas, can cause damage to the coating surface and should be cleaned every three months. In severe marine environments cleaning should ideally take place monthly, especially for exterior-mounted hardware such as door handles.