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Stainless Steel Furniture Care & Maintenance

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Stainless steel, also known as inox, is an alloy that does not readily rust nor wear with excessive cleaning. However, all grades of stainless steel will stain and discolour without proper maintenance and cleaning. Here's how to clean and maintain stainless steel furniture properly.

Cleaning stainless steel furniture

Stainless steel can be cleaned using branded stainless steel cleaners available from trade suppliers or from supermarkets, use as directed. 

Polish/Cleaners such as Sheila Shine are also suitable. Incorrect cleaners can cause staining or corrosion. Acid based products must not be used.

When cleaning use a nylon or other non-scratching scourer. When the direction of the ‘grain’ is visible, clean in this direction.


  • Do not use strong acid solution or abrasive cleaners.
  • Do not use steel wool, steel brushes or other cleaning materials that contain steel as these can cause rust.
  • Do not use stainless steel furniture outdoors which is not specifically specified for outdoor use.

Interior design features in Patina Steel, Black Steel, Blue Grey Steel, Corten Steel & Distressed Steel

These are supplied waxed or lacquered. Waxed items should only be revitalised with beeswax, lacquered finishes can be cleaned with a furniture polish suitable for paintwork.

Lacquered Products

Lacquer is basically paint so a mild detergent or suitable furniture polishes should be used. Again no abrasive or harsh chemicals or solvents should be to be used to clean .

Looking for advice on cleaning other metal furniture? Read our blog on chrome furniture care or powder coated furniture.

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By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 23/10/17 09:51
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