Depending on the type of steel, chainmail needs less or more maintenance. Galvanized or stainless steel needs far less maintenance than plain steel, but plain steel is the more authentic material to use.
The first step in maintaining chainmail is degreasing the mail. You can wipe off much of the grease with a soft cloth, but not everything. To remove the remaining grease, you can use mineral spirit. Let the chainmail dry thoroughly.
If you’re planning on wearing it immediately, you can leave the chainmail as it is. If you want to store the chainmail, you need to oil it before putting it away. You can use mineral or vegetable oil or WD-40 for this.
Plain steel chainmail needs to be degreased before every use and oiled after every use in order to prevent it from rusting.
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