If you’ve gone to all the effort and expense of having stainless steel balustrades installed on your staircase, it is understandable that you will want to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. As with all metal products, they will be subject to changes caused by environmental conditions. Some maintenance will be required to keep the balustrades in tiptop condition; the following are some suggested guidelines for helping you to achieve this.
How often should the balustrade be cleaned?
This is a question we are asked frequently, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Basically, you should clean the metal when it’s dirty and you want to restore its original appearance. This could mean four times a year if the staircase is located outside, or only once a year if it’s located inside. At the end of the day, the frequency with which you clean is completely at your discretion.
How should I clean the balustrade?
The good news is that stainless steel balustrades are easy to clean. In the list below, we have outlined some specific cleaning methods in regards to some of the more common problems that are likely to crop up. If you encounter a problem that has not been outlined below or the method we’ve suggested does not do the job, be sure to contact the manufacturer for further guidance.
As we’ve touched on above, you can clean the balustrade as frequently as you would like. When located indoors, you can generally get away with cleaning once a year. Mix together a soap or mild detergent and warm water solution. Then, sponge until the whole surface is covered. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry for a streak-free finish.
There can be nothing more unattractive than fingerprints all over the shiny metal – particularly if you have kids who have sticky fingers! Mix together a warm water and organic solvent (such as acetone, alcohol or methylated spirits). Then, sponge until the whole surface is covered. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry for a streak-free finish.
*Stubborn Stains & Discolouration
If the usual cleaning method is unable to remove stubborn stains or patches of discolouration, it can be tempting to want to tear your hair out in frustration. You will need a mild cleaning solution, such as Jif or a speciality stainless steel cleaner. Use a sponge or soft bristled brush to work at the stain, then rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
*Lime Deposits (from Hard Water)
If your home has hard water and you haven’t probably dried the balustrade after cleaning, you may notice that it forms lime deposits. These can be removed with a one part vinegar and three parts water solution. Apply to the surface and leave to soak, then brush to loosen the deposits. Then, clean as normal – don’t forget to rinse and dry!
*Oil or Grease Marks
Sometimes, we notice oil or grease marks on metal with no idea of how they got there. To remove these marks, you will need an organic solvent (such as acetone, alcohol, methylated spirits or trichlorothane). After you’ve removed the marks, clean the stainless steel balustrade as normal – don’t forget to rinse with clean water and dry, too!
*Rust & Corrosion
Rust stains can be removed with a one part nitric acid and nine parts warm water solution. Once applied to the surface, you will need to leave it for 30 to 60 minutes before washing off with plenty of fresh water. Wear rubber gloves and mix together in a glass container. Rinse well with clean water once you’re finished and flush the drains.
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