Keeping your stainless steel stainless

The fittings on your boat may be called “stainless steel,” but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. Here are some tips for keeping stainless steel stainless:

  • Clean stainless frequently with soap and water. Any cleaner safe for glass is usually safe for stainless.
  • Remove rust spots as soon as possible with a cleaner made for stainless steel, brass, silver or chrome.
  • For added protection, use a good car wax after cleaning and drying.
  • Never use coarse abrasives like sandpaper or steel wool.
  • Don’t use acids or bleaches to clean.
  • Never leave stainless in contact with iron, steel or other corrodible metals.

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