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Historic Preservation - Technical Procedures

Spectitle:

General Cleaning Of Stainless Steel

Procedure code:

0501006R

Source:

National Capitol Region Specifications

Division:

Metals

Section:

Metal Materials

Last Modified:

11/25/2013

Details:

General Cleaning Of Stainless Steel



GENERAL CLEANING OF STAINLESS STEEL


PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

    A.   This procedure includes guidance on cleaning stainless
         steel using a mild detergent.  See also the Stainless Steel Information Center information booklet, "The Care and Cleaning of Stainless Steel":

http://www.ssina.com/download_a_file/cleaning.pdf

    B.   See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
         reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines
         cover the following sections:

         1.   Safety Precautions

         2.   Historic Structures Precautions

         3.   Submittals

         4.   Quality Assurance

         5.   Delivery, Storage and Handling

         6.   Project/Site Conditions

         7.   Sequencing and Scheduling

         8.   General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

         These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing
         this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
         along with recommendations from the Historic Preservation
         Officer (RHPO).    

1.02 QUALITY ASSURANCE

    A.   A test area will be cleaned and reviewed by the RHPO for
         approval prior to commencement of work.


PART 2---PRODUCTS


2.01 MATERIALS

    A.   Soap:  Mild soap, such as "Ivory Liquid".

    B.   Abrasive Cleaners:  Very mildly abrasive cleaner with
         whiting and pumice, such as "Bon Ami", baking soda mixed with mild soap, Barkeeper's Friend, etc.

    C.   Car wax, such as those formulated for chromium-plated items or approved equal.

    D.   Clean, soft cloths, chamois leather, or nylon pad (such as Scotch-Brite).

2.02 EQUIPMENT

    A.   Natural bristle brush

    B.   Sponge


2.03 LIMITATIONS

    CLEANING AGENTS NOT TO BE USED: chloride cleaning agents, hypochloride bleaches, silver cleaners.

    
PART 3---EXECUTION

3.01 PREPARATION

    A.   Prior to cleaning, mask or otherwise protect all
         adjoining surfaces that could be altered or damaged by
         the cleaning operation.

3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
   
    A.   Wash stainless steel surface with mild detergent and
         clean water using a clean cloth, sponge or natural
         bristle brush and light pressure.  Wipe dry with a clean
         cloth.

    B.   Apply abrasive cleaners only if necessary and with a
         clean cloth, sponge or natural bristle brush.  Always
         wipe in a consistent direction with the grain of the
         metal.  Rinse all abrasives thoroughly from metal surface
         and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

    C.   Do not apply protective coatings such as lacquers, but
         apply a good quality car wax as a very thin protective
         film.

                         END OF SECTION
 


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