Stainless steel handpan: how to maintain it
One of the reasons for making the stainless steel handpan is its maintenance. Because it is much less prone to rust, this instrument is much easier to maintain. The fact that it has not undergone thermochemical nitriding prevents it from changing porosity. You can learn about the entire instrument maintenance process in this article.
Prepare the necessary equipment
You will need specific components to maintain a stainless steel handpan. On the one hand, you need a soft muslin and, on the other hand, a gratifying sponge (like the one you use to make the dishcloth). You also need a muslin or microfiber chamois, alcohol and a protective oil. Then you can start the maintenance using the proper terminology. To do this, first wipe your instrument with a piece of soft cloth to remove any moisture and grease that your hands may have left behind. This step prepares your instrument for the application of protective oil, which should only be done if your instrument does not yet show signs of rust.
Apply the protective oil, then remove the excess
Before moving on to this step, keep in mind that you will need to use a scraping sponge and alcohol to remove any rust that may be present in your handpan. The purpose of the protective oil is to protect the metal of the container by creating a barrier between the air and the metal that prevents redox reactions from occurring. One of these components must be removed for the iron to stop oxidizing. To combine with the unique properties of the alum used and the manufacturing process, each hand pot needs a specific oil that is recommended by the manufacturer. Apply the oil with a soft brush, then wait a few minutes for it to work. The final step in maintaining your pond is to get rid of the excess oil. You have two options for doing this: either use a chamois or a microfiber cloth.