How to Tackle Tea Staining on Stainless Steel

For every stainless steel installation we complete in the Perth area, we conduct thorough follow-up. That follow-up not only ensures that our customers are 100% satisfied, but it also allows us the opportunity to further refine our service and our products.

One of the topics that comes up on later follow throughs is tea staining. Many of our customers don’t know the expression, so we thought it would be productive to explain tea staining here and how to neutralise it.

Tackle Tea Staining on Stainless Steel

What it Tea Staining?

Tea staining is a brown surface stain on stainless steel. It is actually rust; it is usually caused by salt air or similar atmospheric conditions. The good news is that a tea stain isn’t actually a stain and doesn’t affect the structural integrity of your stainless steel surface.

Cleaning Tea Staining

Stainless steel keeps best when it is cleaned with soap, water or mild cleaners. To combat tea staining, start with a bleach-free, chalk-based cream cleanser. Put it on a damp, soft cloth and clean gently. This should be enough. If it isn’t, though, the next step is a commercial stainless steel cleaner.

Always handle commercial stainless steel cleansers with care because they are often formulated with dangerous chemicals such as sulfamic, oxalic or phosphoric acids. After using any of these on a surface, it is important to rebalance the ph of the stainless steel with a sodium bicarbonate or 1% ammonia solution. Then, simply rinse the surface with clean water and gently wipe it dry.

If this doesn’t do the job, you can use a synthetic pad to rub the stain out. Always rub in the direction of the grain because pads are abrasive and can remove microscopic particles. This will change the dynamics and characteristics of your surface.

Call Western Stainless Solutions

If your restaurant, medical facility, mining facility or shop needs some stainless steel equipment, call the professionals at Western Stainless Solutions today: 1300 794 647.

About Paul

Paul Bartlett is the owner and director of Western Stainless Solutions. He has a passionate commitment to personally seeing each project through from conception to completion. Mr Bartlett has owned Western Stainless Solutions since 2005. He had prior experience as a foreman for Caterlink, where he learned to fit out numerous restaurants with stainless steel equipment.

With Western Stainless Solutions, Mr Bartlett has overseen numerous large projects, always getting them finished on time and on budget. His favourite projects include:

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Coles Inglewood
  • Woolworths Yanchep
  • Mt Barker Chicken
  • The Merrywell Bar
  • Perth Children's Hospital
  • St John of God Subiaco refurb and development

Mr Bartlett has extensive experience in completing large projects, but is always around to add a personal touch to projects such as restaurants and pubs.

Mr Bartlett also has experience in the sports world. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for School Sports WA and spent two years as the General Manager of the Stirling Senators in the State Basketball League.

The bottom line: Mr Bartlett specialises in getting things done. He has a “hands-on” approach that is rare for owners of businesses the size of Western Stainless Solutions.