If a stainless steel balustrade is not regularly cleaned ‘tea staining’ can occur. Tea staining looks very much like rust but is caused by salt depositing on the surface of the stainless steel. Proximity to the surf increases the risk of tea staining.
To maintain its looks and minimize the risk of ‘tea staining ’ external stainless steel needs regular maintenance. This can best be achieved by washing with soapy or mild detergent and warm water followed by a rinse with clean cold water. The appearance of the surface can be improved further if the washed surface is wiped dry. A spray of proprietary stainless steel polish will also enhance and protect the finish. We recommend a thorough clean and polish at the beginning of summer and winter with an occasional wash and rinse during dry spells.
If the stainless steel has excessive staining, ‘autosol’ (chrome metal polish) can be used, just rub on then polish off.
Stainless steel wire rope infill’s and fittings will also need maintaining and periodic retention of wires may be required.
All external glass infill panels have been treated both sides with ‘Vitroglaze’ ; Cyndan chemicals who manufacture the product give a 3-year guarantee subject to it only ever being washed with mild detergent or water and polished with a microfiber cloth. Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning cloths can have an adverse effect.
Although the risk of tea staining is very rare on internal stainless steel balustrades a regular wash and polish will be required.