General care of The 1810 Company stainless steel sink and tap
Discolouration and most marks on stainless steel are caused by water-borne deposits clinging to its surface. They are always the result of an outside source rather than coming from the steel itself. Such stains are often seen as a “rainbow-effect” and can be avoided completely by removing wet cleaning aids (cloths, containers etc.) from the sink after use so as to avoid watermarking and rust stains.
One of the best ways to care for the sink is to clean it with a product called ‘Quean Clean’ (available from www.queanclean.co.uk) which can be used as required. It will also remove grease and limescale. It is helpful to dry the sink thoroughly after cleaning.
(a) the use of plastic bowls for washing up, as these cause heavy localised
(b) leaving salt, vinegar, citric fruit juices, mustard or pickles on the surface for any length of time
as they can cause corrosion;
(c) abrasive cleaners such as bleach, scourers or wire woolpads
Care needs to be taken not to damage the tap finish – cleaning should be gentle with a rinsed soft mild soapy cloth only. If limescale is a problem around the nozzle then gentle use of a small brush with some lemon juice will help alleviate the problem –taking care to rinse away any remaining lemon juice from the tap.
Scratching – stainless steel
The surface scratches which appear on stainless steel sinks rarely have any appreciable depth and will become less noticeable with age. A stainless steel sink will develop a patina with time and will look better a year after installation than during the first few months of use due to the fact that the scratching will have evened out. All sinks manufactured in stainless steel perform in exactly the same way in this respect be they manufactured by The 1810 Company or a competitor. We recommend the use of ‘Quean Clean’ which when used regularly will assist in maintaining your sink.
We would point out that the use of a plastic washing up bowl will over time cause the development of regular abrasion marks over the sink’s surface. Inox Cream – for use on stainless steel to be used after ‘Quean Clean’. To use the Inox Cream, apply with a damp cloth (like a J-Cloth) using circular motions, allow to dry (to a white powder), then buff off with kitchen roll. The Inox Cream forms a waterproof layer on your sink, which helps the water drain off easier.
Rust Spots – stainless steel
The 1810 Company are extremely stringent in the quality and standards required from the steel suppliers. The material used is high quality stainless steel which is metallurgically incapable of rusting or corroding in normal household conditions.
It can, however, harbour ferrous particles from the water supply and these often occur with newer installations when the pipework is disturbed, or from ‘wire’ scouring pads or utensils. These filings get deposited and cling to the sink surface and unless removed will rust.
In this instance we would recommend that the sink is cleaned thoroughly using ‘Quean Clean’. This should be sprinkled onto the sink and scrubbed into a paste with a stiff nylon nailbrush (NB simply using a nylon washing up brush is not sufficient as the product needs to be worked into the ‘valleys’ of the texture of the sink), which should be left on the sink for at least thirty minutes before thoroughly rinsing off.
We would point out that unless the particles are completely removed they will return. It is therefore very important that after cleaning the sink, it is dried thoroughly.
This process needs to continue at least daily for a period of 7 to 10 days until the problem disappears. The problem is sometimes particularly obstinate to remove and it may take several attempts to restore the sink to its pristine condition.