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How to Clean Stainless Steel on a Boat

The most common—and incorrect—assumption about stainless steel is that it’s hands-off. In spite of it’s name, however, this metal is prone to stains and other problems if you don’t clean it effectively. But that doesn’t mean you’ll need to slave away to keep it protected—not if you know the best way to clean stainless steel, that is.

Three Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a relatively low-maintenance metal, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its pitfalls. If anything, people ignore this material more on their boats than others because they don’t see the need to address something that’s advertised as “stainless.”

Here are three tips to keep in mind if you want to prevent most stainless steel problems on your boat:

  • Avoid the “old-fashioned” remedies. You might find a lot of tips that recommend turning everyday house cleaners into stainless steel cleaners. The truth is, you’ll have inconsistent results this way. It’s better to pick a dedicated stainless steel cleaner that is designed specifically for the metal on your boat.
  • Clean it often. You don’t have to give your stainless steel a deep, thorough cleaning every week, but you should include it as part of your regular routine just to preserve its fresh look throughout its lifetime.
  • Pick up Stainless Steel Cleaner. This is our best product to clean stainless steel on your boat. With Stainless Steel Cleaner, you’ll have a non-streaking formula that cleans and protects at once, leaving you with very little “extra” work to do at the end of your cleaning.

These three tips alone should give you the foundation you need to deal with a wide range of stainless steel problems on your boat. But this metal, like any other part of your boat, can have more challenges that you may not foresee in the long run.

Protecting Your Stainless Steel for the Long Term

The best way to protect your boat’s stainless steel over time is simple. Give it a quick wipe-down with Stainless Steel Cleaner frequently. Simply add this step to your current boat cleaning routine. Because Stainless Steel Cleaner also protects after cleaning, it will do you a lot of good and make sure that the metal on your boat looks virtually the same the next time you clean your boat.

But what about some other ways to protect this metal?

First, address any stainless steel problems as soon as you see them. On-demand cleaning helps prevent corrosion and even long term staining on the metal. Second, keep your boat’s stainless steel free from debris, even if it’s simply to wipe it down with a cloth without using any additional cleaner. This will prevent anything from building up and ensure that the metal reacts as little as possible with the environment around it.

With these tips in mind, you should have no problem keeping your stainless steel as pristine as possible. With the right equipment in hand, the easy-on, easy-off application of Stainless Steel Cleaner will keep your life as a boat owner hassle-free.

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