We recommend washing with lukewarm soapy water after assembly to remove the oil film. Within a few weeks, depending on rainfall, the rusting process will begin. If you are impatient, the process can be accelerated by washing followed by a saltwater spray.
Corten steel is a unique material, it is a corrosion-resistant steel that develops a rustic surface when exposed to weather and wind. This surface protects the steel from further rust, making it an ideal material for outdoor use.
Corten steel also has the unique ability to change color over time, giving a rustic and natural look to your garden environment. This can create a beautiful contrast to the surroundings and create a unique expression in your garden.
Corten steel lasts up to 8 times longer than ordinary steel. The climate in which corten steel is used plays a significant role in its durability. Under optimal conditions, corten steel in gardens can last over 50 years, while a salty air will negatively affect its lifespan.
Does corten steel rust onto surfaces?
Corten steel only minimally rubs off compared to ordinary steel. However, it will always rub off a little on the surface at the beginning of the rusting process.
Therefore, we recommend using a base plate when placing it on tiles or wood. The base plate has drainage holes, and the box will be raised approximately 5 mm from the surface so that water can drain away. On concrete tiles, rust can be easily removed with oxalic acid.