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Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Gutter

Stainless Steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust under normal circumstances, however it's not completely impervious to staining. Dirt, dust and grime put stainless steel at risk for corrosion and rust if not maintained properly. If you have staining or scratching on your stainless steel gutters, we recommend using mild detergent or glass cleaner first. If that doesn't work, then a stainless steel cleaner may be the next course of action. 
Since we often deal with installed stainless steel in areas that are difficult to service economically, we  recommend cleaning stainless steel around the pool area with a simple and widely available cleaner – "Bar Keeper's Friend" followed by an application of citric acid which is also widely available in natural food stores. 
The mild abrasiveness of the cleaner applied with a plastic bristle brush or "scotchbrite" pad followed by the application of citric acid is very simple to use and easy to locate when you are operating a budget-conscious program with limited resources. Following up with citric acid is an important step because it acts to passivate the surface after cleansing to achieve maximum resistance to corrosion.
Of course, proper water balance and air circulation make the biggest difference in corrosion control.

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