How Homeowners Can Maintain Their Outdoor Iron Railings

13 December 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you're looking to add protection to a specific area on your property, such as the deck, iron railings are the perfect solution. They are extremely durable, and there are several different styles you can choose from today. To keep them looking great and functionally sound over the years, take advantage of these maintenance tips: 

Remove Vegetation 

Although having vegetation in the backyard or front porch gives you something to look at, it can have disastrous effects on your railings. Moisture-prone vegetation can cause your iron railings to rust and lose their attractive aesthetics. Keep this from happening by cutting vegetation deep down into the roots. 

If you don't have a lot of special tools for this removal job, you can always use household items. Liquid dishwasher soap, for example, works great at removing weeds and other vegetation. Put this solution into a garden sprayer so that you can accurately direct where it goes on your property. Other household substances that are just as effective include boiling water, bleach, salt, and vinegar. 

Regularly Wash the Surface

Over the months, dirt and debris can collect on your iron railings that then make them look worn and unappealing. Keep your railings looking new by simply washing them on a regular basis. If you're washing by hand, pour some liquid dish soap on the surface and wipe it around using a soft towel. Repeat these steps until the railings are completely clean.

For residues and dirt that are really caked on the surface, seemingly impossible to get off, you can use a pressure washer. Just make sure you don't use the strongest setting because otherwise, you could remove some of the railing's paint. 

Remove Rust

If you spot rust on your railings, you need to act fast before the entire railing system is compromised. Removing rust is fairly simple. First, you'll want to acquire a paint scraper and use it to remove any loose rust. If you're having a hard time, you can try using a drill. 

Once all traces of rust have been removed, apply a new coat of paint to the iron railings. For added longevity, consider choosing a paint that is water-resistant. So even if your railings get wet, their structure and aesthetics won't degrade over time. 

Iron railings not only improve safety around your property but enhance its aesthetics. Keep them in good condition both structurally and visually by staying on top of maintenance.