Stainless steel is now used in home and commercial building balustrades. These handrails have replaced the traditional wood or concrete varieties, as stainless steel is famous for being anti-corrosive and easy to clean. This material also looks stunning and is easy to install; it does not crack or flake, like wood or concrete.
To keep your steel balustrades looking as good as new, you should always clean them with these five clever tips:
Look for a Cleaner of Metal Balustrades
Sometimes, even after cleaning the stainless steel well with some soap and water, it looks a bit dull or has some hard to remove scratches. In such cases, you need to buy a stainless steel special cleaner from the store, which is specially made for extracting those hard to remove stains from your balustrade. It will help polish the surface and make it look spotless.
Once you’ve cleaned it with the cleaner, rinse it in some water and let it sit for a few minutes so that any excess cleaner can easily be washed off. Then, gently wipe down the stainless steel with a dry towel and throw it in the laundry so that you don’t have to look at even a speck of dust in your kitchen.
Eliminate Scratches and Stains
Use scrubbers like Scotch-Brite to remove stains from the rails. Make sure to repeat rubbing in the same direction to prevent crisscross lines from forming on the balustrade.
After scrubbing, use a soft cloth to finish cleaning.
If you live in an area frequently filled with airborne pollutants, the steel will rust and corrode. This occurs when the dust accumulates on the steel frame draws moisture from the air. The presence of humidity ultimately leads to rust and then corrosion.
When installing a stainless steel balustrade on the exterior of your home, you should give your handrails a protective application of wax to keep moisture out. These products are available at stores that sell household goods, or you can order them online.
Employ Mild Detergents
Never use harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia to clean a stainless steel balustrade or balcony. These will chip or eat away at the surface and cause structural damage.
Instead, use mild detergents or even liquid dish detergent diluted with water to clean these surfaces, or better yet, a non-ammonia, biodegradable cleaner.
First, dampen the surfaces with water.
Then, you can either wipe down the balustrade immediately with a sponge and some vinegar and water solution or wait a day or two to give it time to oxidise and then polish away the rust spots.
Never Use Tough or Strong Solutions
We cannot stress this enough, even with an earlier tip: Never use metallic scouring pads, abrasives or brass and silver cleaners to clean the stainless steel balustrade. Use mild, non-abrasive cleaners only. Sandpapering, steel wool, hydrochloric acid and even chlorine-based cleaners should not be used on the surface as they also spoil the balustrade’s surface.
Because of the proper selection of stainless steel for the balcony and its attractive finish, without defects, this kind of balcony will serve you for years to come. It won’t rust, corrode or stain. It doesn’t need special care, maintenance or protection. That is why it is ideally suited for balconies and terraces in cities with a moderate climate.
However, you must never use corrosive cleaning materials or products on the surface to maintain its natural lustre.
To Sum It All Up
A stainless steel balustrade can be a great addition to your home, and it doesn’t require much effort to maintain its shine for years to come. Just remember to stick to non-abrasive cleaners and products so they can remain a permanent fixture in the years to come.
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