Stainless steel sculpture material is one of the most flexible materials, widely used in industry and home. Its chrome film is rust-proof and corrosion-resistant, and it can provide years of protection by properly maintaining this layer of chrome. However, dirt and other contamination can damage it. So stainless steel must be kept clean and follow these guidelines to keep your stainless steel sculptures as bright as new.
Method 1: Clean with a mild detergent
- Dispose of stains as soon as possible:
Stainless steel is not easy to stain, even if it is, it is better to wash off spilled or stuck as soon as possible. After the stain is formed, even if it is possible to be removed, it may be more difficult, and the damage to the chrome film is also greater.
- If necessary and possible, immerse the object in a diluted detergent:
If you’re cleaning a small sculpture like a stainless steel sculpture, you can soak it in the wash to help remove charred food or other stains and soak it overnight for very difficult to remove stains. Skip this step for larger objects or small stainless steel sculptures that are not very dirty. For stains that are particularly difficult to remove, use a cleaning agent with ammonia.
- Wipe the stainless steel sculpture with a damp cloth or a thick sponge:
Gently wipe the surface with a cloth or sponge. Usually do not need to be very hard. Clean and wring out your rag from time to time to keep the rag moist and clean, avoiding hard dirt on the steel surface. If the surface of the stainless steel is polished, do not rub the surface with force, but wipe along the surface and avoid ring rubbing on the surface.
- Rinse the stainless steel sculpture thoroughly with warm, clean water. Wet and wipe the stainless steel sculpture with a clean rag or sponge. Always wash away any detergent residue, otherwise streaks and fading will form on the surface.
- Repeat as many times as necessary:
Normal cleaning can remove most of the stains and contaminants, but if the stains still exist, repeat the process. Patience – continuous wiping can usually remove even the most stubborn stains.
Method 2: Using abrasive-containing cleaning agent
- Clean the stainless steel sculpture with a mild abrasive material:
This method only applies when your patience (and your arm) has been thoroughly polished. Wipe the surface of the stainless steel sculpture with a soft cloth and a paste mixed with water and sodium bicarbonate (salted baking soda). Next, repeat the patient wipe, then rinse thoroughly.
- Go all out:
If you include soaking, the combination of detergent and abrasive does not work, you have to take it seriously. Use more abrasive cleaners such as “Ajax” or “Comet” commercial brand cleaners. The method is to wet the cloth or sponge with hot water, pour the abrasive cleaning agent on the side of the cloth, and use this surface to wipe the surface of the stainless steel sculpture.
- Stack the towel without the cleaning agent and wash off the abrasive cleaner. Keep the towel warm and damp, but don’t get drenched.
- Rinse thoroughly and dry: After wiping with abrasive-containing cleaning agent, rinse immediately with clean warm water. Wipe dry with another cloth. Repeat the rubbing with abrasive.
Method 3: Polish with olive oil (glazing)
- Clean the stainless steel sculpture surface with detergent or abrasive scouring pad. Follow the above procedure until the stainless steel sculpture surface has been completely cleaned and free of other stains.
- Rinse with clean water and dry. Let the mirrored stainless steel surface be completely dry. Polished surfaces are not well polished with oil because oil and water are not compatible.
- Pour one or two tablespoons of olive oil onto a rag or rag to polish the surface of the stainless steel sculpture (glazing). Use a rag or rag and pour a few drops of olive oil onto it to start polishing (glazing). Wipe hard for a few minutes. Polishing the surface of a stainless steel sculpture with olive oil (glazing) may take longer than you think.
After the entire stainless steel sculpture is covered with olive oil, the grease can penetrate into the scratches and small holes in the metal surface. Make sure the entire surface is oily, but not greasy. At this time, the surface of the stainless steel sculpture should be bright, not slippery, which means you add too much olive oil.
- Use the other side of the cloth to remove excess olive oil. Turn the cloth over and use the clean (cleaner) side to do the latter. Wipe the surface of the stainless steel sculpture with a cloth again and erase the excess olive oil.
Method 4: Polish the stainless steel sink with flour
- Clean the surface of the stainless steel sculpture with flour, baking soda and water, wet the surface of the stainless steel sculpture, and sprinkle with baking soda. Clean with a brush or sponge. When you remove all stains or other oils, rinse off the remaining baking soda.
- Let the stainless steel sculpture be completely dry. Let it dry naturally, or dry it with a towel and let it dry.
- Cover the entire stainless steel sculpture surface with flour. Don’t worry about the surface, you will polish it later.
- Wipe the surface of the stainless steel sculpture with a cloth. Think of flour as a mild abrasive.
- Discard excess flour and wipe the cracks and cracks with a brush. No need to use water to wash away the flour. Just use a rag to clean up the excess flour.
Method 5: Wash and polish with other materials (glazing)
1 Polished (glazed) with WD-40 (Universal rust inhibitor manufactured by WD-40, which can be used as a universal maintenance agent for metal products). Spray a little WD-40 onto the surface of the stainless steel sculpture and then wipe it (glaze), which also protects the surface.
Since WD-40 is a petroleum preparation, the surface of the stainless steel sculpture must be cleaned after polishing.
2, cleaned and polished with Windex (windex is a glass cleaner) This household glass cleaner to clean the surface of stainless steel sculpture is also very useful. Spray a few times, wipe a few times, and you’re done.
- Clean with tartar: Mix one teaspoon of tartar with a few drops of water to make a paste. Wipe it with a sponge or cloth on the surface of the stainless steel sculpture, then wipe it off and shine as new.
- Clean with vinegar. Drop a few drops of vinegar on the cloth and thoroughly wipe the area to be cleaned. Vinegar works well in removing scratches on the surface of stainless steel sculptures.