How To Clean Stainless Steel Kick Plates and Push Plates

by Mike Besley on 26-10-2016

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Kick plates are designed to take the knocks and damage at the bottom of the door, over time they can end up looking far from pristine. 

Here we offer a few tips on how to clean stainless steel on your kick plates and push plates - how to clean and restore them - from routine cleaning to taking more drastic action.


 

ROUTINE CLEANING

 

Routine cleaning is best done using warm water, a general detergent and a microfibre cloth. This is the first option for cleaning stainless steel.

Tip:  To get the best results, dry off with a dry microfibre cloth to prevent water spots.  This is really important, because minerals in water can leave marks on stainless steel.  Wipe in the direction of the polish lines for the best results.

For better results you can use a glass cleaner, to remove finger prints and light marks, look for one based with ammonia like Windmill Gleam Plus.

 

DIFFICULT STAINS

 

If you have stains that are difficult to remove, scratches on the surface, or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish surfaces.

 

Use a stainless steel cleaner like Windmill Stainless Steel Polish. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly and towel dry.

 

Tip - Make sure the cleaner contains no chlorine (bleach) - chlorine is a natural enemy to stainless steel and can damage the surface easily.  Cleaners with abrasive ingredients can scratch the finish.

 

Don't always blame the stainless steel cleaner, as water with mineral deposits (hard water) can cause staining and water spots to form on stainless steel. Always remember to dry your stainless steel surfaces with a microfibre cloth after rinsing.

 

CLEANING WITHOUT ABRASIVES OR CHEMICAL

 

If you still need help with black marks on the stainless steel try magic sponges, they work by using the sponge wet, and remove all sorts of marks from surfaces. 

 

Don’t be alarmed as they use no chemical, but wear out themselves as used.  Again, use in the direction of grain and watch them work.

 

Finally, replacement isn’t an expensive option if they have been damaged and can transform a building at low cost.

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