A Maintenance Guide For A Stainless Steel Balustrade

With a desire for more modern staircases on the rise, it should come as no surprise that many homeowners are opting to top their heads off with a stainless steel balustrade that really ties the contemporary look they're aiming for together. On top of its aesthetic appeal, however, stainless steel actually has a number of favorable benefits (including a resistance to corrosion and amazing strength) that make it quite the material of choice.

Another reason that homeowners tend to favor this type of balustrade over others is that it is extremely easy to maintain, as shown by the below tips and instructions:

• General cleaning – You should regularly clean your balustrade by using a cloth that you have dipped into a bowl of warm water. Once you have wiped the metal down, use a clean cloth or towel to dry the rails, as this will prevent water stains from forming.

• Deep cleaning – If you notice that your stainless steel balustrade has developed areas of contamination or corrosion, you can clean this up using a cloth that you have dipped into a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water solution. Make sure that you rinse the rails with a cloth dipped in clean water, then dry with a clean cloth or towel to prevent water stains from forming.

• Fingerprint removal – One of the biggest complaints surrounding stainless steel is that it shows up fingerprints quite clearly. To remove these marks, simply spray the balustrade with a household glass cleaner, wipe with a cloth that has been dipped in clean water and give the metal a dry using a clean cloth or towel.

• Scratches and stains – If you notice that your balustrades have sustained some scratches or stains, you will be able to polish these out using a specialized cleaner. Make sure that you read the directions before using the cleaner and test it in a small inconspicuous area to make sure that it will not affect the metal. Once you've finished polishing, rinse the cleaner away with a clean cloth dipped in water and towel dry.

If your home has been fitted with the attractive feature of stainless steel balustrades, you might be wondering the best way to clean and maintain them to ensure that they always look good as new. Providing that you regularly follow the general cleaning tip outlined above, you should find that you very rarely have to make use of the deep cleaning, fingerprint removal, and scratches and stains tips that follow it.