Whilst stainless steel is corrosion-resistant and therefore doesn’t need extra protection to keep it in good condition, you do need to take care with cleaning in order to keep in the best possible condition.
Cleaning stainless steel radiators is straightforward but does require a bit of elbow grease in order to be most effective. Basically, all you need to do is wipe it with a damp cloth and then dry it thoroughly with a tea towel or kitchen paper so the water drops don’t leave marks. For best results, used deionised water to clean or rinse the surface – you can usually buy it from supermarkets to use in irons, steam cleaners or for car care.
For mirror-polished stainless steel, you can use a glass cleaner, but make sure it’s chloride-free.
From time to time you may find there are some stains that you can’t easily remove with a damp cloth:
Fingerprint marks – simply wipe down using soapy water.
Watermarks – use a glass cleaner.
Oil or grease – for greasy stains that can’t be removed with soapy water, use a cleaning solvent such as methylated spirit. You may need to reapply a few times until all traces have been removed.
Paint – you can use a solvent-based paint stripper or proprietary alkaline product.
Neglect – if you haven’t given your stainless steel towel radiator any TLC for a while, try using a metal polish which has been designed for chromium-plated objects.
Products to avoid
Scouring pads, wire wool or anything with the ability to scratch the surface of your radiator.
Cleansers containing chloride and hydrochloric acid, e.g. toilet cleaners.
Bleach – if you accidentally spill bleach on your stainless steel radiator, rinse it off immediately with lots of clean water.
As a general rule of thumb, to avoid accidental scratching, keep the cloths you use for cleaning stainless steel separate from those you use on other surfaces.
If you would like basic maintenance tips to help keep your designer radiators in tip-top condition, visit the FAQs section of our website.