Stainless steel is the number one choice for use on balconies and handrails. Many homes & offices now have a stainless steel balustrade or stainless steel handrail. Stainless steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. Dirt, dust and grime, however, put stainless steel at risk for corrosion, contamination and rust. However, stainless steel responds well to cleaning, never wearing out from excessive cleaning, as long as a good routine is followed.
Stainless steel balustrades should be cleaned thoroughly upon installation as contaminants such as brick & concrete dust will allow small rust spots to appear if not cleaned off
1. Water and a cloth. Routine cleaning can be accomplished by using warm water and a cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning stainless steel handrails. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines.
2. Mild detergent, (washing up liquid) and cloth. If the stainless steel handrail exhibits corrosion marks or contamination marks, or has been a long time since last clean and for cleaning that needs more power, mild detergent and warm water can do a great job without damaging the stainless steel. Make sure you rinse the surface thoroughly to prevent staining and spotting d using a towel to prevent water spots which can be caused by minerals such as calcium in water (hard water).
3. Glass cleaner for fingerprints. Fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel handrails and parts, but can be taken care by using glass cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry. There are some newer types of finishes for stainless steel that resist fingerprints.
4. Stainless Steel Cleaner. If the handrails have had staining or scratching, or need to polish your stainless steel balustrade, a good stainless steel cleaner (like our 6K system) may be a good option. These cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish stainless steel surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.