Stainless steel is great because it is easy to clean and still has a shiny finish after many years. Unlike other materials, you won’t have to strip and refinish it to restore the shine. If you want to keep your stainless steel table legs and table bases fresh-looking for a long time, follow these easy tips.
304 Stainless Steel Info
Many of our table legs and table bases are made of 304 grade stainless steel. This is also sometimes known as “food grade” because it is commonly used in kitchenware like appliances and sinks. It can handle heat and corrosive elements, which also makes it suitable for outdoor use. 304 grade stainless steel is also used for commercial construction, chemical transport and even aerospace technology. If NASA uses it for welding purposes, it’ll hold up your table.
If you know that your stainless steel table leg or table base will be in a corrosive environment (outside, near salt water), it’s a good idea to coat it with protective spray. This can help maintain its color, shine and strength for an even longer time. One such spray is Nycote, which is used in many different fields like agriculture, marine environments, and the automotive industry. Nycote is fine for table bases and table legs but it is not recommended for stainless steel products that come into contact with food.
Cleaning stainless steel will prevent corrosive particles from building up. In environments with salt or chlorine, a weekly cleanse with water and liquid detergent will prevent this. Be sure to dry the surface to prevent particle buildup.
Caring for Imperfections
You can buff out scratches with Scotch Brite pads or a very fine grit sandpaper. When you buff the scratches, follow the direction of the surface of the grain. When you look closely at the stainless steel, you see lines – that is the direction you have to follow. Using strips of masking tape that follow the grain can serve as guides for which way to move the pads or sand paper, also known as the buff line.
The grain of MontclairStainless Steel Bolt Down Table Base
Steel wool is not recommended because it has mild steel fibers that can contaminate the stainless surface and result in rust colored stains.
If corrosive particles build up, it results in a discoloration that looks like rust. While it isn’t rust, it’s still something that you may want to get rid of. You can use a non-abrasive kitchen cream cleanser to clean the surface of your table leg or table base.
If you don’t mind buffing out scratches or cleaning discolorations, be sure to check out our Scratch and Dent section. It offers lower-priced products that have cosmetic imperfections but are still fit for use.
Our Stainless Steel Product Recommendations
Now that you know how to care for your stainless steel table legs and table bases, here are a couple of products that we recommend. We talk to customers all the time about products and answer their questions, so we're confident in this lineup.
Montclair Stainless Steel Bolt Down Table Base
Clean elegant lines for a stainless steel bolt down base with a streamlined base that saves floor space and assembles easily. Bolts to the ground, the BD2841-SS column and cover are made of 34 food grade stainless steel. Ideal for dining tables, counter islands, bars and bistro bars. Provides many hospitality solutions, such as restaurants, bars, hotels and kitchens islands. From kitchen nook tables to kitchen counter top heights, the bar and bistro bases round out the available heights. Good for ADA table applications and can be custom cut for special heights as required. Click here or on the photo to see the Montclair Stainless Steel Bolt Down Table Base.
Stainless Steel Bolted Counter Post
If you're looking to add some personality to a bland custom counter top or tiered bar top, add in some shine with these counter posts. They can be bolted through the counter top which allows for maximum strength, versatility and stability. It's available in 5 different standard heights. This counter post works well in residential as well as commercial settings, like restaurant food preparation. You can choose between the three different mounting plates styles for narrower or wider tiers top surfaces. Click here or on the photo to see the Stainless Steel Bolted Counter Post.
Stainless Steel Furniture Legs
Who says stainless steel furniture legs aren't affordable? Our adjustable stainless steel furniture leg fits the needs of high-end kitchens, heavy duty cabinets and is ideal for equipment in the hospitality or food service industries. They're made of 304 food grade stainless steel, so these legs are able to resist dampness, spills and wet mops. Great for use with outdoors kitchens, cabinets or appliances. Click KE Hardware Stainless Steel Legs or on the photo to see the Stainless Steel Furniture Legs.
Have any other advice for how to take care of stainless steel table legs and bases? Feel free to let us know in the comments, we're happy to pick up some new tips.