stainless steel

Clean, reliable, the most durable

Because of the unique ability of stainless steel to resist corrosion, heat damage and chemical damage it makes it a natural best fit for many industrial, commercial and residential applications. Stainless steel is a classy, clean and durable material with a wide variety of uses. Contact us today to discover the limitless possibilities of this time-tested product.

Applications for Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel has been used for many industrial, architectural, chemical, and consumer applications for over a half century. Stainless Steel applications include office spaces, restaurants, kitchens, exterior cladding, kitchen sinks, handrails, door and window fittings, furniture, structural sections, reinforcement bar, lighting columns, lintels, masonry supports, cateringequipment, brewing, distilling, food processing these just to name a few.

We know Stainless Steel

We have used Stainless Steel for over 25 years and have turnaround capabilities to implement many materials and technologies to help create the spaces of your dreams and adequate solutions for any task . Visit our showroom to see the many uses of this wonderful material. We are located in North York, Ontario and happy to serve. Click here to set an appointment.

Care and Maintenance

Here we describe processes and conditions to ensure the adequate management and maintenance of this material product and through its many uses and applications. This guideline incorporates best practices related to the care and maintenance of this product. If you are interested in using this material, having the required knowledge for best care practices will allow you to utilize the application to the best of its ability ensuring best shelf life and quality therein of the product.

  • Alloy Types
  • Cleaning
  • Care
  • Note of care

304 is the basic chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel and has been found suitable for a wide range of applications. It is the most readily available in a variety of product forms. This grade is easy to form and fabricate with excellent resistance to corrosion.
304L is the low carbon version of 304. It is sometimes specified where extensive welding will be done.
316 offers more corrosion-resistance through the addition of molybdenum. This grade is desirable where the possibility of severe corrosion exists, such as heavy industrial atmospheres and marine environments.
316L is the low carbon version of 316.
430 is a straight chromium ferritic stainless steel with lower corrosion resistance than the 300 series. It is principally employed for interior use.

Stainless steels need to be cleaned for aesthetic considerations and to preserve corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is protected from corrosion by a thin layer of chromium oxide. Oxygen from the atmosphere combines with the chromium in the stainless steel to form this passive chromium oxide film that protects from further corrosion. Any contamination of the surface by dirt, or other material, hinders this passivation process and traps corrosive agents, reducing corrosion protection. Thus, some form of routine cleaning is necessary to preserve the appearance and integrity of the surface. Stainless steels are easily cleaned by many different methods. They actually thrive with frequent cleaning, and, unlike some other materials, it is impossible to "wear out" stainless steel by excessive cleaning. The effect of surface/pattern roughness, grain/pattern orientation, and designs that allow for maximum rain cleaning (exterior applications) should be considered.

The cleaner stainless steel can be kept while in storage, being processed or during use, the greater the assurance of optimum corrosion resistance. Some tips on the care of stainless steel are listed below: 1) Use paper or other protective wrapping on the surface of the stainless steel until processing is complete.*
2) Handle stainless steel with clean gloves or cloths to guard against stains or finger marks.
3) Avoid the use of oily rags or greasy cloths when wiping the surface.
4) Do routine cleaning of exposed surfaces. Buildings with window washing systems can utilize this method to clean exterior panels.
5) Where possible, after cleaning, rinse thoroughly with water.
6) Cleaning with chloride-containing detergents must be avoided.
7) Even the finest cleaning powders can scratch or burnish a mill-rolled finish. On polished finishes, rubbing or wiping should be done in the direction of the polish lines, NOT across them.
8) DO NOT USE SOLVENTS in closed spaces or while smoking.

*Many adhesive-backed papers and plastic sheets or tape applied to stainless steel for protection "age" in fairly short periods of time and become extremely difficult to remove. Manufacturers should be contacted regarding information as to how long protective films or paper can be left in place.
*Household Cleaners - Household cleaners fall into two categories: detergent (non-abrasive) and abrasive cleaners. Both are effective for many mild dirt, stain, and soil deposits, as well as light oils such as fingerprints. The abrasive cleaners are more effective but introduce the possibility of scratching the surface. However, the degree of abrasiveness will vary greatly with the particular product, and some brands will produce noticeable scratching on only the most highly polished and some coloured surfaces. All of these cleaners vary widely with respect to their acidity and the amount of chloride they contain. A neutral cleaner low in chloride is preferred unless the user is assured that the surface can be thoroughly rinsed after cleaning. The fact that the label states "for stainless steel" is no guarantee that the product is not abrasive, not acidic, or low in chloride. The cleaning method generally employed with these cleaners is to apply them to the stainless surface and follow by cloth wiping, or to wipe directly with a cleaner-impregnated soft cloth. In all cases, the cleaned surface should be thoroughly rinsed with clean water and wiped dry with a soft cloth if water streaking is a consideration.
*Commercial Cleaners - Many commercial cleaners compounded from phosphates, synthetic detergents, and alkalis are available for the cleaning of severely soiled or stained stainless surfaces. When used with a variety of cleaning methods, these cleaners can safely provide effective cleaning. Manufacturers should be consulted and their recommendations followed whenever using cleaners of this kind. The general precautions stated above also pertain to these cleaners.