Leading stainless steel wire manufacturers will certainly tell you that the maintenance of your stainless steel products is of the utmost importance. Cleaning and maintenance of stainless steel wire is important to preserve its corrosion resistance. Stainless steel wire owes its corrosion resistance to a thin layer of chromium oxide. Contamination and damage to the surface of the stainless steel material reduces the corrosion resistance of the steel. The environment in which the stainless steel wire is used will determine what type of maintenance is required and just how regular.
Below are a few tips for maintaining your stainless steel wire:
Only use chemicals and detergents specifically for use on metals and according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Avoid contact of strong acid solutions with the steel wire.
Keep wire free from carbon steel pickup from tooling, equipment, welding sparks and similar. Contamination from carbon steel pickup can result in quick, localized corrosion.
A fine abrasive paste can be used to treat neglected stainless steel wire with accumulated grime deposits.
Of course the maintenance and cleaning methods that you use for your specific stainless steel wire product will be determined by the application that it is being used in. For instance, stainless steel wire used in a balustrade will require slightly difference maintenance to a steel wire used in marine applications. If you aren't sure about the ongoing maintenance of your stainless steel wire product, we highly recommend that you chat to one of our consultants for some advice.