A Basic Guide to Maintaining Stainless Steel Balustrades

A Basic Guide to Maintaining Stainless Steel Balustrades

If you’re a homeowner or an interior designer, you’re likely aware that stainless steel balustrades are becoming increasingly popular for balconies and handrails in homes and commercial buildings. These rails are easy to install, have an anti-corrosive surface, and aren’t prone to chipping, cracking, or flaking over time. That said, they do require maintenance to keep them looking as beautiful as they did the day they were installed. Maintaining your stainless steel balustrade is pretty easy. Here’s what you need to do to maintain them properly:

Use Mild Detergent When Cleaning

The great thing about stainless steel is that it is naturally anti-corrosive. However, this also means that it is pretty resistant to most industrial cleaners. Ideally, don’t use anything other than mild detergent when wiping your stainless steel railings down. A mild detergent will help dissolve fingerprints and other stains on your balustrade without causing any damage to its finish.

You can spray the cleaning solution onto a cloth and then wipe the balustrade with it.

Use Soft Scrubbers When Removing Scratches and Stains

If your stainless steel railing is starting to show some signs of wear, you’ll need to consider using more aggressive cleaning solutions. If you’re looking to remove minor scratches and stains from your balustrade, you can use a soft scrub, like a Scotch pad or a soft bristle brush.

You can use these Scotch pads or brushes to apply a gentle scrubbing motion, which should help to remove any stains or surface scratches.

Avoid the of Use Abrasive Cleaners

Never use any kind of abrasive cleaner on your stainless steel balustrade. If you do accidentally use an abrasive cleaner, it’s going to strip away the coating that is on your rails, which can cause them to rust much more quickly.

Use a Rust Remover If You Have Rusty Parts on Your Rails

Despite the fantastic resistance that stainless steel balustrades have to rust and corrosion, it is still possible for rust to begin to form in some areas. If you notice any rust on your balustrade, you can use a rust remover to clean it up. Using a rust remover is a pretty simple process. You’ll just want to apply the rust remover onto a soft cloth and then wipe the rust away.

You can find rust removers at most hardware stores. It’s generally easier to find this kind of cleaning product at hardware stores as opposed to home improvement stores.

Rinse the Rails Under Running Water

After you’ve used either a mild detergent or a rust remover to clean your railings, you’ll need to rinse them off. While you can use a wet/dry cloth to wipe away any remaining dirt and cleaning products, you may want to consider using a water hose to rinse the rails off. The water should remove any remaining cleaning products or rust removers.

When you’re finished rinsing the rails, wipe them down with a soft cloth.


Stainless steel is a very durable material that is resistant to rust and corrosion. With a little TLC, it can easily last for several years before you need to re-coat it. By following these tips, you should have no trouble keeping your stainless steel balustrades looking great.

If you’re planning on putting stainless steel balustrades on your home or commercial space, you’re going to need the help of a reliable supplier and installer. Bear Metals are an award-winning manufacturer of aluminium and stainless steel balustrade posts and canopies. Our team can easily supply, deliver, and install the balustrades however you want them to be. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.