Caring For Your Balustrade
Stainless steel provides a great combination of aesthetics and durability, so is used in a great variety internal and external applications. The minimal need for care of the stainless steel, makes it a great choice for balustrades in busy environments. However, caring for your balustrade is important, and stainless steel does need cleaning occasionally, to prevent discolouration and t-staining. In coastal or pool environments this cleaning should be carried out more regularly, due to the higher number of salt and impurities in the air. One way of minimising t-staining in coastal environments is by using mirror polished stainless steel. Mirror polished surfaces are much more effective for combating the effects of t-staining. This is because it has a much lower overall surface area than satin stainless steel. Satin stainless steel has tiny grooves on the surface which trap impurities and can lead to tea staining much faster.
When it comes to caring for you balustrade, a certain amount of it is purely common sense. However, we do have various tips and tricks, we’d like to share with you!
We recommend that all products are thoroughly cleaned down immediately after installation. This is especially important if there has been any cutting, welding or drilling and tapping done onsite. Cleaning and protecting the balustrade straight after installation is important to
minimise the risk of contamination or t-staining.
- To begin, do an initial wipedown to remove dust/dirt incurred during installation.
- If the balustrade has a SATIN/ BRUSHED finish: Using the cleaning kit box, take the scotchbrite pads and remove any bad scratches incurred during installation from the stainless steel, taking care to rub in the direction of the existing grain
- Spray a small amount of Stainless Clean onto a lint free cloth and rub into the stainless, followed by the Stainless Protect (see the kit instructions for more details). Refer to our ‘Selecting & Caring for Stainless Steel’ guide for more info.
Caring for the glass
Standard glass cleaner is perfectly fine to use on your balustrade glass, and is what we would recommend. If you have a first floor balcony with a balustrade, why not ask your window cleaner if they can clean your balustrade glass occasionally when they’re doing the rest of the windows? And to be honest, unless it is in a high traffic area, the glass in your balustrade doesn’t have to be cleaned that often – unless this is something that is important to you.