When someone thinks of stainless steel they often envision an industrial or commercial-looking setting. Even a home kitchen full of stainless steel tends to look a bit more clinical and modern than a classic kitchen design. When we discuss a stainless steel fountain, however, we must abandon those typical ideas of the metal as cold or sterile because when it is used in fountains it can give a surprisingly natural result.
Stainless water fountains can come in the form of a wall-hung model over which water cascades in a shallow stream, or they can be conceptual garden or floor models that rely on the looks of the metal to create a unique appearance. The thing about almost all of them is that the movement of the water is extremely clean and natural in appearance, which creates a somewhat impressive final result. Usually it is the reflective qualities of stainless steel that provides the overall appearance of the fixture, and even when the metal has more of a sheen than a reflective shininess, the results are greatly appealing. The reflective qualities of the material, however, mean that the owner will have to provide some regular care to get the desired effects.
Any stainless steel fountain is going to come with its own care and maintenance needs. Fortunately, stainless steel as a material tends to be very low-maintenance in general, and this still applies when it is put to use as the base or major element in a fountain of any kind. Although it is not an easily corroded metal, it may still need some care to ensure it remains spot or blemish free for many years. Also, be sure not to allow water to stand on the metal especially if it is tap water that may contain any amount of iron.
The basic maintenance on a stainless steel fountain would include emptying it and cleaning or treating the entire surface at least once per year before refilling it with distilled water and restarting normal operation. Using an all-natural and non-abrasive cleanser is really the only way to prevent damage to the metal. This means avoiding all products that rely on bleach or chlorine, which most owners would need to do since bleach can harm fountain pumps. Glass cleaners, window cleaners, and plain white vinegar are all excellent treatments for stainless steel. It is imperative that the owner does not use a circular motion with the cloth and cleanser, and instead identifies and follows any grain in the metal. This will prevent scratches or undesired marks, and enhance the shine or sheen of the metal. Make sure that you check with the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning instructions for cleaning your stainless steel fountain with any stainless steel cleaner.
The exterior of all stainless water fountains should be maintained as well and this means simply giving the surface a wipe with a soft cloth to prevent droplets of water or fingerprints from staining and marring the appearance of the fixture.