Stainless Steel Cable Grade 316 Maintenance

Stainless Steel Grade 316 cables and fittings are very popular for their longevity, durability, and aesthetic mirror finish all whilst being able to withstand the harsh conditions of the African Coastline. Tensile Cables supplies a range of high-quality Stainless-Steel Grade 316 Cables and fittings for this purpose.


To ensure your Cables always remain in great condition we recommend using only the highest quality Stainless Steel cables and fittings. Tensile Cables has our products tested by a SASAS (South African National Accreditation System)and ISO accredited Materials Testing Facility in Cape Town. This is to ensure our products continue to remain of the highest quality Stainless Steel Grade 316. We are also able to supply a Mill certificate of origin for each product in order to show that the ingredients of our Stainless Steel products are of the highest quality.

Below you will find a few housekeeping tips to increase the lifespan of your Balustrade, Trellis and Stainless Steel cables. Your Stainless Steel Grade 316 products have a unique polished appearance called the passive layer. This very shiny polished passive layer helps to protect the Stainless Steel from the outside elements and from corrosion penetrating the Stainless Steel.




  • Keep all fittings and cables clean and away from any contaminants. Do not perform any grinding near the Balustrade

  • During Installation: put masking tape on contact surfaces of tools and spanners, in order to try eliminating contamination of the stainless steel
  • Remember to use a thin clear silicon coating underneath the L-shaped brackets upon assembly to ensure minimum chance for any discoloration and corrosion originating from the concrete wall
  • Ensure your cable installer cuts all Grade 316 Stainless Steel cables using a dedicated grinder with a slim line cutting disk that has not come into contact with any mild steel
  • Care after installation is also very important: Routine gentle cleaning with a mild detergent and soft sponge using lukewarm water only is recommended (clean when cleaning your windows)
  • Water from your sprayer system to be Municipal water quality only as water containing fertilizers or water from bore holes is not recommended
  • Discoloration on the wall side of the fittings and under the washers, screw threads and cable strands can take place over time without regular maintenance, but does not mean failure of your system
  • Tea staining: is a slight brown discoloration on fittings created over time when not cleaned. Important note: this is not rust but drown discoloration caused by mineral deposits on the steel. This can be cleaned off following the cleaning instructions mentioned above