A guide on how to clean stainless steel

A guide on how to clean stainless steel

Stainless Steel (Inox) dispensers enhance a washroom’s décor and aesthetics.  Their clean lines and smooth brushed finish bring a superior look and feel; whilst providing a high level of quality and robustness that meets the demands of the busiest of washrooms.

Stainless Steel (Inox) dispensers by their nature are easy to keep clean, just a few simple steps undertaken as part of the daily cleaning routine will keep the dispensers in tip top condition and help to present a clean and hygienic washroom.

Keep stainless steel cleaning simple

There is no requirement to use any chemical cleaning products, bleach or abrasive cleaners.  A simple mild, diluted detergent wiped, rinsed and dried is all it takes to keep on top of daily dust, fingerprints and water splashes.  Use a soft cloth or sponge and wipe in the direction of the brushed grain for best results.

  • Use a mild detergent and soft cloth
  • Do NOT use chemicals, bleach or abrasive cleaners

Some specialist stainless steel cleaning formulations are available on the market. These should be fine, but as we cannot test every product available we always recommend that you undertake a spot test first.

Is it rust? – highly unlikely

If you find any brown spots or deposits around the lid, pump, sides or bottom of the dispenser you may think this is rust. This is highly unlikely. It is much more likely to be a build-up of soap that simply needs removing. In these cases we recommend removing the deposit with a brush or non-scratch cleaning pad and warm soapy water, always rinsing and drying well. This will return your unit to its best condition and appearance.

How often should you clean stainless steel?

Never underestimate the influence that the first impression of your washroom can have on your company and brand. Most of us will judge, often unconsciously, a business by the standard of its washroom. A pristine, fresh smelling, hygienic washroom demonstrates a level of attention and care provided to colleagues and visitors alike. An unpleasant, smelly, dirty washroom can quickly unravel the brand image and company values presented in reception.

Obviously the regime for your cleaning team will depend on the size of your washrooms and footfall. We recommend as a minimum that the outer surface of a dispenser is cleaned daily. Inside surfaces should be wiped clean with soap and water at least once a week.

How to remove fingerprints on stainless steel

If you have stainless steel dispensers in your washrooms, then you will be well aware of the dreaded fingerprint mark.

Toilet roll holders, soap dispensers and door handles are all inevitably touched by users. This often leaves behind a greasy fingerprint mark, even on plastic dispensers.  If this is a persistent problem in your washroom consider installing dispensers that provide the superior look and feel of stainless steel, but have a coating that helps to prevent such marks. Our Platinum Range of washroom products uses an innovative lacquer applied directly onto the stainless steel that helps to prevent fingerprint marks keeping your washroom looking pristine and reducing the demands placed on your cleaning teams.

Clearing a top up soap dispenser

A top up stainless steel soap dispenser provides a cost effective solution to ensure your visitors never face the feared empty refill. However, in quieter washrooms where a dispenser may not have been used for a while the soap can dry and clog in the nozzle. On the rare occasion that this might happen we recommend adding warm water to the reservoir and pressing the pump until the blockage clears. Do not add any cleaning products to the reservoir to avoid any contamination with the soap.

Please DO NOT EVER attempt to push a sharp object into the nozzle; this can cause damage to the unit and injury to you. Simply add the warm water and clear it that way.

More surprising suggestions

Please note we don’t recommend any of these!

A quick internet search provides rather more ‘interesting’ solutions to keep stainless steel shiny, such as wax paper, club soda, vinegar and olive oil! But what is interesting is that most of these articles all finish with a recommendation of simple mild detergent and micro-fibre cloth, which is definitely what the Dudley Industries team would recommend.

Contact the stainless steel experts

You can view all our stainless steel washroom range or if you would prefer to speak to one of our team then please call +44 (0) 1253 738311 or email sales@dudleyindustries.com