Stainless steel balustrades are now widely used in both commercial and residential properties for handrails and balconies. Stainless steel balustrades offer a clean look and are anti-corrosive. However, if you want to retain the look and lifespan of the balustrades, you need to know how to correctly maintain them.
Use A Mild Detergent
When you clean the balustrades, you should not use any harsh chemicals. Many people make this mistake as they assume steel needs harder chemicals to clean. Mild detergents or liquid dish wash should be used instead.
Before you clean the balustrades, you should run a dry cloth over the rails to clean any dust off. After this, you will need to soak the cloth in a mixture of water and mild detergent then wipe the balustrade. A mild force will need to be used when wiping the balustrade to stop any spots from forming on the steel.
Do Not Use Rough Products
When maintaining your steel balustrades, you should never use a harsh or rough product such as metal scorers. Abrasive powders and silver cleaners should also be avoided as they will spoil the finish of the balustrade. Many people use these products to try and remove any stains or spots on the metal and this will only cause further problems.
You should also keep acids away from the balustrades. There are some cleaning products that use chlorine acid to clean the balustrade, but these should be avoided. They can cause damage to the finish of the balustrade.
Getting Rid Of Rust
There are certain climates with air borne pollutants that will increase the chance of rust on your stainless steel balustrades. The presence of moisture will also lead to rust and you need to be aware of this. If you have stainless steel balustrades outside your property, you will need to treat them with a protective product. Some people use car wax to protect their balustrades, but there are other purpose made products that you can use.
These protective products will keep the moisture away from the metal and stop the rust from forming. However, if you do have rust on the balustrade, you should not use an abrasive to get rid of this. There are a number of products that you can get which will help you remove the rust from the metal. It is recommended that you use these products and then seal the metal with one of the protective products.
Removing Scratches And Stains
Stainless steel balustrades are not prone to staining, but there are times when this could happen. If you do have stains from cleaning, you should use a soft scrubber and gently remove the stain. You need to ensure that you scrub in the same direction on the balustrade or you could have crisscross lines. Once you have scrubbed the surface, you should use a soft dry cloth to wipe the balustrade to finish the cleaning.
Having stainless steel balustrades can add an aesthetic appeal to your property. However, you need to ensure that you are maintaining your balustrades correctly to get the most out of them.