Stainless Steel Door Furniture
Whilst stainless steel was available before the Second World War, it didn't really become popular until after this period. This was due to all metals being protected and being used primarily for the war effort.
Stainless steel was introduced as a hardwearing, maintenance free, non-corrosive material, used mainly in commercial applications. It is important to remember when using stainless steel door furniture that screws of the same grade should be used for fixing. This prevents any bi-metallic corrosion occurring when two different metals come into contact.
When stainless steel door furniture was first introduced, only basic round bar applications were available. Today there are many up to date modern designs available in various finishes. These modern day variations and stylish designs bring the benefits of a maintenance free material that would not look out of place in any home!
Q. Are there different types of Stainless Steel door furniture?
A. Yes, there are two finish styles available. These are Satin Stainless Steel (SSS) and Polished Stainless Steel (PSS). They differ in the way their description implies i.e. one has a matt or satin finish and the other is polished and looks similar to a chrome plated finish. There are also two grades of stainless steel generally available, these are known as grade 304 and grade 316. Whilst both grades are suitable for normal use in buildings, 316 is a better grade formulated for strength and performance together with marine standard corrosion resistance provided the handle has been manufactured by hot rolling. Occasionally the design of handles do not allow them to be made this way and instead the article will go through a casting process. The casting process can create impurities in the metal and so any furniture made this way is not recommended for marine use or exposure to harsh weather conditions.
Q. Does the finish on Stainless Steel furniture need any maintenance?
A. Yes. Natural hazards such as dust and moisture in the air can attack the finish on this type of furniture. Simple but regular maintenance can prevent this. Grade 316 is more resistant to corrosive attack than grade 304 making it ideal for Industrial and Commercial use as well as domestic applications.
Q. How should I care for my Stainless Steel furniture?
A. Both polished and satin Stainless Steel should be cleaned regularly using a mild non-acid soap and hot water. A soft dusting cloth can then be used to enhance the surface. Occasionally you will need to polish your door furniture with a non-acid good quality wax polish.
Q. Should I use metal polish to clean my Stainless Steel door furniture?
A. No. Metal polish should NEVER be used to clean Stainless Steel door furniture. These polishes contain chemicals that are damaging to the surface of the metal.
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