Low-Cost Ways to Keep Galvanized Steel Extra Clean

One of the most important advantages of galvanized steel is that it is fiercely resistant to rust. As we talked about in our previous post, galvanized steel goes through a special process of surface preparation and immersion in molten zinc, making it so durable it can last up to 50 years.

However, some mistakenly think that just because galvanized steel is resistant to rust, means that it doesn’t need to be cleaned. Unfortunately, you can often walk into restaurants and see that the steel in the kitchen is not being properly taken care of.

Indeed, this is because even galvanized steel can deteriorate if continuously exposed to dirt and grime that never gets cleaned off. But don’t worry! There are easy, low-cost steps you can take to help ensure that your galvanized steel lasts for the long run, the way it’s meant to.

  1. Make a list of supplies

Here is a list of supplies you will need. Obviously, you should adjust the list accordingly, depending on what the steel you are cleaning is being used for.

  • Vinegar solution
  • Car wash fluid
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Wax or metal polish
  • Milk solution and baby powder
  • Hose
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • A few lint-free cloths
  1. Wash the steel

Hose off all the dirt and grime from the surface before anything. This way, you will not scratch or destroy your galvanized steel once you get to scrubbing and polishing.

  1. Scrub steel with cleaning solution

Once all dirt is washed off, use the soft-bristled brush to scrub with your cleaning solution, made from one part dish-washing liquid and four parts warm water. Use the vinegar for any problematic stains. When finished scrubbing, wash the entire surface of the steel using the car wash fluid and the lint-free cloths.

  1. Neutralize any alkaline deposits

To do this, mix one part baby formula to two parts milk, creating an alkaline-neutralizing solution. Using a toothbrush, brush the whole surface with this solution.

  1. Rinse and dry

This is an important step, as any leftover chemicals or water can leave stains on the zinc-coating. Using warm water and a hose, rinse off the cleaning chemicals first from the surface. Make sure that the water pressure from the hose is below 1450 psi to avoid damaging the steel’s coating. Afterward, thoroughly dry off all water with lint-free cloths to prevent wet-storage stains.

For a finishing touch, polish and buff your galvanized steel using lint-free cloths and wax or metal polish. This will really make it shine, and will make any small scratches nearly invisible.

If you are looking to buy sheet metal supplies in Camden County, or if you’re buying sheet metal supplies in Montgomery County, make sure to call Sherwood Steel today at 215-309-8309.