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Guide to Care and Cleaning of Top Quality Type 304 Stainless Steel Featherland Bird Homes

INTRODUCTION: Stainless steel is steel that stains less. Stainless steel is defined as steel alloyed with chromium that is highly resistant to stain, rust and corrosion. Note to the buyer: THIS DOES NOT MEAN STAINLESS STEEL WILL NEVER RUST OR CORRODE because current technology has not developed any steel which is completely stain or corrosion proof. You can rest assured the stainless steel type and finish selected for Featherland bird homes is the best available for the intended use. CARE AND CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS HAVE TO BE FOLLOWED. The metallurgists have the ability to analyze the products made of stainless steel to determine if the product was cared for properly.
CLEANING AND CLEANSERS: The basic rule of thumb is to use the mildest cleaning procedure that will do an effective job. Always rinse thoroughly with clear water and dry completely. Frequent cleaning will prolong the service life of stainless steel equipment and help maintain the finish. Ordinary deposits of waste and fluids can usually be removed with soap and water. More stubborn deposits or stuck on debris may require harder rubbing or the use of commercial cleaning products acceptable for use on metal surfaces. When using any cleansing agent, the rubbing should be in the direction of the polish lines or "grain" of the metal. For high luster finishes, clean soft cloths or pads should be used. If especially rough cleaning is necessary, use "stainless steel" wool or nylon or plastic type scrubbers. Test these type of scrubbers in an inconspicuous area first as they could mar or scratch a stainless steel finish. Never use ordinary steel wool or steel brushes on stainless steel surfaces. Minor scale build-up and some hard water spotting may be removed by washing with vinegar followed by a neutralizing rinse with clear water and thorough drying with a soft cloth. For heavy deposits of scale, 5% oxalic acid (use warm), 5-15% sulfamic acid, or 5-10% phosphoric acid may be used. Again, always follow with a neutralizing rinse of clean water and thorough drying.

DEODORIZING AGENTS, DISINFECTANTS AND SANITIZERS: The large selection of brands and combinations of chemicals available for deodorizing, disinfecting and sanitizing is staggering. Select one or more of these products for use for your Featherland bird homes after weighing all the benefits claimed by each product. Be sure to consider all of the effects the cleansing agents may have on your Featherland bird homes. IMPORTANT: BEFORE SELECTING A CHEMICAL, REVIEW LABEL STATEMENTS REGARDING USE WITH METALS (STAINLESS STEEL). ALWAYS CONSULT THE CHEMICAL SUPPLIER IF THERE ARE ANY DOUBTS. For example, avoid prolonged standing chlorides (such as chlorine bleach), bromides, iodides and thiocyanates on stainless steel surfaces as these chemicals can cause pitting, corrosion and metal discoloration. Allowing salty solutions to evaporate and dry on stainless steel also may contribute to corrosion. In summary, select chemical deodorizers, disinfectants and/or sanitizers after weighing all possible benefits and known adverse effects.

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