Cleaning & Maintenance tips for Handrails
Indoor and outdoor stainless steel handrails are highly vulnerable to germs and other pollutants attack all the time but rarely get cleansed. The stainless steels are corrosion-proof alloy which consists of 10.5% or more chromium. As they are corrosion-proof in nature, stainless steel does not affect rust or need any additional protection measures for maintaining their natural shining. While the stainless steel handrails are highly durable and need low maintenance, still you need to do some sort of cleaning for retaining its integrity.
Given below are a few of the tips to care and maintain the gloss and durability of the stainless handrails:
Cleaning the indoor stainless steel handrails
Don’t think that the indoor stainless steel handrails need only minimal cleaning when compared to outdoor stainless steel handrails. The indoor stainless steel handrails should be cleaned just like any other stainless steel surfaces. It is better to clean the stainless steel every 6-12 months. For removing the fingerprint marks, dirt, dust you may get a cloth and wipe using an old newspaper to dry. The marks which are hard to remove may be wiped using a scotch bright that makes the cleaning easy. Don’t use steel wool or abrasive tools for cleaning the stainless steel handrails. They will cause bad scratches on the surface of handrails.
Cleaning the Outdoor Stainless Steel handrails
Outdoor stainless steel handrails are exposed to bad climatic conditions. The handrails are often exposed to the salt, sea air, environmental pollution, winter road salts or the exhaust fumes from cars. Hence buildups are inevitable. You will need to clean the stainless steel handrails for removing the brown spots and its further development in the surface. For the outdoor stainless steel handrails, you may clean them in every 3-6 months.
You may use leather with phosphoric acid for removing the brown spots. If the handrails are made of polished stainless steels, they can be cleaned along the grain and not against it. Also, it is better to use the cleaning tools that are suitable for the stainless steel surface to reduce the damage on the surface of the handrails.
Prevent water marks
There are two ideal ways to prevent the ugliness of the watermarks after cleaning the stainless steel handrails. You can use the distilled water for removing the ugly watermarks or use the old newspaper to remove the excess water from the stainless steel handrails.
Polishing the Stainless Steel Railings
For maintaining the natural shine of the stainless steel handrails, you may use the polishing cleanser instead of the regular soap and water. The spray cleaners can make your handrails surface shinier at the same time inhibits the new marks that ruin the polish. Always keep a soft and dry cloth or a rug to polish the product into the material.
You can also use the window cleaner for polishing the highly shining stainless steel handrails. But make sure the window cleaner is free from the common salts or chlorides before you do so. For the surface with the brown spots or the ugly marks, you may use cream-based polisher instead. Such product will erase the discolouration and gives the surface a shiny look.
Difficulty in removing masks
For the stainless steel handrails having heavy grease or oil marks as the dirt, you may use the solvents such as acetone, alcohol for cleaning the surface. The acetone or alcohol is able to cut through the grease and wipe out all the marks of oil. You may use a soft or dry cloth and dip into a little solvent. Remove the grease from the stainless steel handrails. To remove paint and graffiti from the stainless steel handrail, you may use a paint remover or soda solution. Do not use scrapers or any similar sharp materials for removing the marks. Using the knives and scrapers will never be a good solution as they only scratch and harm your material permanently.