October 4th, 2017

Cleaning Instructions For Stainless Steel Toilet Partitions

By Patricia Holland

Stainless steel is a unique form of steel that is low in carbon and contains at least 10 percent chromium. Bradley stainless steel toilet partitions are manufactured from type 301 stainless steel. Type 301 contains between 16 percent to 18 percent chromium and between 6 to 8 percent nickel. It is easy to manufacture, highly corrosion resistant, and impervious to a number of chemicals.

We must be realistic in our expectations of what stainless steel restroom partitions can do. While they are corrosion resistant, they are not immune to rust. Its chances of not rusting are much greater if you keep its surface free from contaminants that contribute to oxidation. Daily cleaning should be done with mild soap and water, or glass cleaner, using a soft cotton cloth. This is normally all that is required to maintain the surface aesthetic.

There are times, however, where certain airborne agents in certain environments do cause stainless steel restroom partitions to corrode or to appear discolored. There are also those instances where overzealous cleaning staff uses the wrong chemical agent to clean stainless steel toilet partitions. If you educate your cleaning staff in advance on what NOT to use, you will save yourself the cost of labor involved in repairing the damage. You will also save on replacement costs which might result if the damage is too severe to repair.

The following substances should never be used on stainless steel restroom partitions.

Avoid any pure bleach or cleansers that contain chloride should never be used because they contain bleach.

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Avoid muriatic acid, which is used to clean tile and concrete installation sites, should never be applied to stainless steel.

Avoid using water that contains high iron content. It will leave a rusty residue.

Wash off all soap residues as well. Some soap contains chemicals that will discolor stainless steel restroom partitions.

Do not use any products made of iron such as steel wool, machining chips, or cleaners that are stored in metal cans.

Avoid anything containing salts because salts contain chlorides.

Anything that does inadvertently discolor your stainless steel toilet partitions must be removed immediately. Discoloration will become permanent if you do not do this, and the surface will also become pitted. Typically, discoloration can be removed by putting a little Ajax, Bon Ami, Revere Ware Stainless Steel Cleaner, or Goddard’s Stainless Steel Cleaner on a Scotchbrite pad. After removing the discoloration with the pad, wash the panel thoroughly with water.

In the event that your stainless steel toilet partitions do end up rusting, then use the following materials to remove the rust.

For bright and satin finishes, you can use naval jelly. You have to be careful using it because it is an acid based product. It will brighten the panel, so you have to evenly apply it all over the surface. After doing so, be sure to rinse the entire surface with water.

For satin finishes, you should use mild abrasives like Bon Ami, BarKeepers Friend, or similar products. Be certain that you do not use anything with chlorides or bleach. A soft wet cloth should be used to apply the abrasives. Be sure to rinse with water thoroughly, and also dry the panels with as soft dry cloth.

If you have grab bars with a rough finish, you can use nonmetallic abrasive pads. Apply a mild abrasive to the bar using the pad. Rub with the grain, rinse, and wipe dry. Never do this with fine finishes.

If you follow these guidelines, stainless steel toilet partitions will maintain their aesthetic indefinitely.

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