Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Handrail

Stainless steel handrails are a brilliant option for stairs, balconies and more, both indoors and outside. Highly durable and widely versatile thanks to its anti-corrosive and self-healing properties, stainless steel is also easy to install and maintain. Just follow our simple guidelines to keep your handrail looking brand new!

In order for stainless steel’s’ unique self-healing properties to work effectively, the surface area needs to be kept as clean as possible of dirt and dust. Obviously, this is going to be more of a problem if your stainless steel handrail is situated outside, perhaps on a balcony. There, it is more likely to be exposed to adverse weather, air pollution, local wildlife, and more. As a result, we would recommend that you clean your handrail a couple of times a year.


How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Handrail

The easiest and safest option for cleaning a stainless steel handrail is to simply use warm water and a cloth. Avoid using anything overly abrasive such as steel wool, as this will simply scratch the surface and possibly introduce unwanted material into that all important self-healing layer. Once clean, go over the area again with a dry cloth to prevent any unsightly water spots forming. If there is a visible grain to the steel, rub the dry cloth in the same direction in order to achieve an impeccable finish.

If it has been a good while since you last gave your handrail a clean, or if you spot signs of early corrosion, we recommend that you add a mild detergent to the warm water. This can just be your regular dishwashing liquid- nothing special needed! Before you then dry the area, rinse it thoroughly to ensure that no detergent is left behind to potentially cause more staining.

If your stainless steel handrail gets covered in noticeable fingerprint marks quite often, you might want to clean it more frequently. In this instance, we would recommend using a standard glass cleaner, such as you might use on a mirror. Again, dry the area thoroughly to prevent further smearing.

For any more stubborn stains or scratches you may need to use a specifically designed stainless steel cleaner. Simply follow the instructions provided but ensure that you first test the product in an unobtrusive area.

Should you need to remove any paint from the handrail a standard paint remover should do the job nicely. However, be sure to avoid using any scraping tools that could easily damage the metal. Similarly, avoid using a chloride product at all on stainless steel as it can cause permanent damage.

At Glass and Stainless, we offer top quality stainless steel handrails suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, in a number of finishes. Get in touch today to discuss your specification.