The beauty of stainless steel is the ability to restore the finish easily. Powder coated and chrome plated surfaces do not allow this and require the surface to be striped back and recoated or replated again. Scratches in stainless can be buffed out with Scotch Brite pads or very fine grit sand paper (steel wool is not recommended due to the mild steel fibers contaminating the stainless surface therefore leaving rust colored stains). It is also recommended that the surface of the grain is followed in the same direction when buffing out scratches. HINT: Strips of masking tape can be adhered to the stainless surface to act as a guide to ensure your buff line will be parallel to the existing grain.

All Steelbase products are manufactured standard in a 304 grade stainless. This is a general food grade and outdoor use stainless. 316 grade stainless is generally used as marine grade close to very corrosive environments. I.E.; Salt and chlorine water. Stainless although very resistant to corrosive environments do require periodic care and maintenance. Cleaning is necessary on all grades of stainless to prevent corrosive particles from gathering in the grain of the stainless surface. This results in a rust colored staining. One might think that the stainless is actually rusting, but it is actually the corrosive particles that are reacting and causing the staining. Weekly cleaning with a good stainless cleaner will keep the surface free from corrosive particles. In environments where there is salt and or chlorine present a weekly clean with water and liquid detergent followed by drying will keep the stainless surface free from contamination. If staining has occurred the surface can be cleaned with a non abrasive kitchen cream cleanser.

If 304 grade is used in corrosive environment a good protective spray such as Nycote can be used both on the stainless and powder coated surfaces to ensure extra protection.

The cast Iron spider (this attaches the base to the table top) along with the ballast plate which sits on the floor are not stainless steel. Steelbase can not guarantee these components along with their hardware against corrosion. A protective spray is recommended if left outside or used in a corrosive environment.