A new class of stainless steel cleaner can remove carbon monoxide from stainless steel guitar finishes, according to a new study.
The study was published on Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
The team behind the study used a combination of molecular oxygen (MNO) and ultraviolet light to remove carbon dioxide and carbon monane from a steel guitar.
The research team then added a chemical called zinc oxide to the steel to prevent it from corroding.
They found that the zinc oxide could remove about a quarter of the carbon monolayers in the guitar.
That means the cleaning could be a potential way to prevent the carbon dioxide from forming clumps in the steel, and the metal can be cleaned much faster than traditional methods.
“This study gives us a new way to clean stainless steel finishes,” study author Peter Mennan said in a statement.
“We believe this method will reduce corrosion, allow for more rapid cleaning and could also reduce corrosion resistance of existing finishes.”
This new method is not as cheap as traditional techniques, however.
It costs about $60 a gram.
The team estimates it could save up to $30 in energy and carbon emissions a year by replacing steel guitars with stainless steel cleaners.
The researchers say the new method could be used to clean finishes in other industries, like welding and electric vehicle charging stations.
The research team will continue to work on their next project to investigate the use of this cleaner in more specific applications.