Stainless steel kitchen kickboards have become a popular choice for contemporary kitchens. Stainless steel kickboards are an excellent option as they are naturally corrosion resistant and offer strength, durability, and lustre. However, stainless steel is not entirely rust or stain proof, and regular maintenance is needed to keep your kickboards looking great. So, here we’ll explore the do’s and don’ts of cleaning.
Do Clean Frequently
Your kickboards have a tough life, so they need to be cleaned frequently to maintain their lustre and fantastic appearance. Fortunately, your kitchen kickboards only need to be cleaned with soap and warm water. Typically, any cleaning product that is safe for glass is safe to use on stainless steel. You can apply it with a cotton cloth and rinse before drying with a soft cloth.
Do Remove Spots As Soon As Possible
If you do see any spots of rust or discolouration, it is vital that you deal with them as quickly as possible. You should apply a mild abrasive cleaning product with a wet cotton cloth. Apply in the direction of the grain or your finish. Ensure that you rinse thoroughly and wipe completely dry. Any stains that are resistant to mild cleaning products may need to be scoured. Take care to scour in the direction of the grain with an abrasive paste or stainless steel wool. If the spot requires scraping, use sponges, plastic tools and stainless steel pads. However, for tough spots, you may feel more confident calling in a professional for specialist repairs.
Don’t Use Coarse Abrasives
Course abrasives such as steel wool or sandpaper can cause a massive problem for your stainless steel kickboards. In fact, these coarse abrasives may actually cause rust spots and discolouration. You should also avoid using salt solutions or mineral acids. Harsh abrasives such as scouring powders can cause scratches that will permanently mark the surface.
Don’t Use Chlorine Based Products
You should avoid your kickboards coming in contact with chlorine based products. These types of liquids such as bleach can stain or even corrode the stainless steel surface. So, if you are mopping your kitchen floor, be careful where you splash bleachy water. If any bleach does come into contact with the kickboard, rinse and dry the area immediately.
Don’t Allow Contact With Steel, Iron or Other Metals
Other metals can cause contamination when in contact with stainless steel. This leads to corrosion and rust that will mar the appearance of your kitchen kickboards. It is important to watch for your kickboards and ensure that there is no prolonged contact with any other metals. If you have any other metal items near your floor, ensure that they are not touching your kickboards. If you’re planning your kitchen renovation and are interested in attractive kitchen kickboards, you should speak to us. We offer a wide selection of options including stainless steel kickboards. You’ll also find The Kitchen Door Company team ready to answer any queries to help you to plan all the details and realise your dream kitchen.