General Cleaning Of Stainless Steel

Procedure code:
501006S
Source:
National Capitol Region Specifications
Division:
Metals
Section:
Metal Materials
Last Modified:
03/03/2017

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

 

Last Reviewed 2017-03-03