The majority of products available from SHS are made from Stainless Steel, including our Professional, Elegance, Steel Rod, Wire Rope and Glass Canopies.
Stainless Steel is a metal alloy that has a chromium and nickel added to it, that aids in preventing some corrosion. For a more in-depth look at what makes up Stainless Steel visit the British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA) website.
Whilst this layer and any polishing or buffing over the steel done by most suppliers adds a further level of protection from the elements. The finishes available with SHS Products are the Satin finish and the Mirror polish finish.
As you can see, there is a distinct visual difference between Satin Finish (left) and Mirror Finish (right). Find out more about the difference between Satin and Mirror here. Mirror polish has better resistance in highly corrosive areas such as those within 10 miles of the coast or high humidity areas such as indoor swimming pools.
We also have to factor in the Grade of Stainless Steel used. At SHS we use grade 304 for internal applications and 316 for external uses. In contrast to Grade 304, Grade 316 has molybdenum added to it to assist in repelling salt particles.
How to Clean It
The type of stain will determine which method you choose;
Routine cleaning of light soiling – Soap, detergent or dilute (1%) ammonia solution in warm, clean water. Apply with a clean sponge, soft cloth or soft-fibre brush and then rinse in clean water before drying.
Fingerprints – Detergent and warm water. Alternatively you can use hydrocarbon solvents.
Oil & grease marks – Hydrocarbon solvents (methylated spirit, isopropyl alcohol or acetone).
Stubborn sports, stains and light discolouration. Water marking and light rust staining – Mild, non-scratching creams and polishes. Apply with a soft cloth or soft sponge and rinse off residues with clean water before drying.
Localised rust stains caused by carbon steel contamination – Propriety gels or 10% phosphoric acid solution (followed by ammonia and water rinses). Alternatively oxalic acid solution followed by a water rinse.
All SHS Products come with a 12 month warranty that states your balustrade will remain free from material defects (for full terms see our terms and conditions). However, remember that regular cleaning helps keep your system looking brand new for a long time after that!
Update: We no longer supply the Steel Rod Balustrade