Care & Maintenance Information for Stainless Steel
With minimal care stainless steel planters will last a lifetime. As for any product, some maintenance is necessary but with stainless steel this is simplicity itself. A regular wash with mild detergent and polishing dry with a soft cloth is all that is needed. Never use scouring powders or steel wool as they can scratch the surface.
What is Powder Coating?
Care & Maintenance of Powder Coated Planters?
Please note items are handmade. Galvanised sheet steel will dull down over time. Industrial Galvanised sheets are not supplied with a backing material, therefore minor scratches will be evident. Please opt for stainless steel for a smooth finish.
To keep your Galvanised planters free from finger prints spray lightly with WD40 and then wipe down with a soft cloth.
A simple regular clean will minimize the effects of weathering and will remove dirt, grime and other build-up detrimental to all powder coatings.
Cleaning should start at the time the products are installed, ensuring that construction materials such as concrete, plaster and paint splashes are removed before they have a chance to dry.
Failure to remove these materials at this early stage will require the use of aggressive cleaning materials and techniques with potential damage to the powder coated surface.
The best method of cleaning is by regular washing of the coating using a solution of warm water and non-abrasive, pH neutral detergent solution.
Surfaces should be thoroughly rinsed after cleaning to remove all residues.
All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge or a soft natural bristle brush.
Cleaning of powder coated sections can be conveniently carried out at the same time as window cleaning.
The frequency of cleaning depends in part on the standard of appearance that is required and also the requirements to remove deposits that could, during prolonged contact with either the powder film or the metal substrate (if exposed), cause damage.
In severe environments, such as industrial or marine, the normal frequency of cleaning should be at a maximum of three monthly intervals.
However, where high atmospheric pollution exists, such as salt spray, or a combination of factors above, the environment is classified as hazardous and the period between cleaning should be increased to monthly.
Sheltered areas can be more at risk of coating degradation than exposed areas.
This is because wind-blown salt and other pollutants may adhere to the surface and will not be cleaned away with rainfall.
These areas should be inspected and cleaned if necessary on a more regular basis.
WARNING. Do not under any circumstances use strong solvents such as thinners or solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters or ketones. Abrasive cleaners or cutting compounds should not be used.