Care and Maintenance of your Balustrade

Ladies with sparkling clean stainless steel handrail and glass balustrade

Ladies with stainless steel handrail and glass balustrade

At Stallion Stainless, we manufacture balustrade and handrails in many different styles, designs and materials such as glass, stainless steel and timber.  A main concern of most property owners is how to care for their new timber balustrade and handrail to ensure it will last a lifetime.

Often the harsh environment, temperature fluctuation, dust and external exposure can cause balustrading material to deteriorate and this happens at different rates depending on the material used (for example, glass, stainless steel and timber).

We recommend proper care and maintenance of your balustrade and handrail to maintain its condition and to prevent unnecessary deterioration.

How to Clean Glass Balustrades

Glass balustrading is one of the most popular balustrade systems being installed in both residential and commercial buildings throughout Australia.  To maintain the crystal clear appearance of your glass balustrade the following cleaning is suggested on a regular basis.

  1. Prior to cleaning your glass with liquid solutions, hand cleaning is recommended to visibly remove accumulated dust on the glass surface.
  2. Using warm soapy water (dishwashing liquid or car wash is fine) and a sponge to remove grime and dirt. Rinse with water then leave to dry. Beware of some glass cleaners will leave a residue.
  3. Polish with a vinegar and water solution and crumpled newspaper.  This will leave your glass surface streak free and won’t leave scratches on the glass.
  4. For your balustrade stainless steel fittings, posts and frames, clean these with a damp soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Avoid abrasive materials that will scratch the surface.
  5. If your posts or frame are powder-coated and have a stubborn stain, use a mineral-based turpentine or methylated spirits to prevent damage to the powder coating.
  6. If you are unsure, always check the manufacturer’s instructions.


How to Clean Stainless Steel Balustrade and Handrail

Stainless steel balustrade is strong, durable and a modern balustrade system that comes in a variety of designs and styles such as satin or mirror finish, round or square posts, or a wire balustrade system.

At Stallion Stainless we mainly manufacture our balustrade in 316 marine grade stainless steel balustrade as it is more durable than the cheaper aluminium alternative that many builders offer today. One main question we are always asked is how to care for stainless steel balustrade.

To care for your stainless steel balustrade and keep it looking great is very simple.

Little girl with hands on timber balustrad

Caring for your balustrade after grubby fingers

Clean regularly using a mild detergent in lukewarm water and rinsing off with cold water for the best results.

  1. If brown stains or the tea stains appear on the surface, these can be removed using a tea stain remover. (Using marine grade stainless steel will minimize the chance of this occurring)
  2. Use a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain and not against it. Never use a scourer or harsh abrasive cleaner on the surface of stainless steel.
  3. Avoid using oil-based commercial cleaners.


How to Clean Timber Balustrade and Handrails

The use of timber for balustrade and handrail can provide your home with a warm and contemporary appearance. Once you have polished, painted or lacquered your timber balustrade and handrails, to ensure the longevity of the timber we recommend the following is undertaken regularly.

  1. Regularly clean, repaint, oil or stain your timber balustrade and handrail.
  2. The more frequently use timber balustrade and handrail, it is recommended recoating or applying further coats of oil or stain, paints and water seal more frequently. If you have an external balustrade, recoat it once a year.
  3. Carryout a periodic inspection and cleaning of the surface twice a year.
  4. For polished balustrade use a timber conditioning treatment and polish.  Bees wax or natural oil based polishes are available in the supermarket or hardware stores.
  5. For painted balustrade use mild soap mixed in water and gently wipe the surface using a soft cloth. Don’t let any cleaning solution stay on the surface for more than 10 minutes. Clean as quickly as you can. Rinse off thoroughly using sponge along with clean water.