Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial Powder-Coated Aluminum Railings

If your business has recently installed custom metal railings made of powder-coated aluminum, then it is important you know how to properly care for them. While powder-coated aluminum commercial railings are very durable and will last for years without needing repair or recoating, properly cleaning and maintaining them will greatly increase their lifespan and ensure you get the most use out of your company's investment. To this end, below is a list of care tips for powder-coated aluminum railings:

Tip: Clean the Railings Regularly with a Mild Cleaner & Wet Sponge

Since your metal railings will need to be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, it is important you use the right tools and technique. Rather than scratching their powder-coated surface by dusting with a dry rag, instead, you should always wash down the railings with a wet sponge. To clean and sanitize the railings, add a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing liquid to your wash bucket.

Since you do not want the soap sitting on the surface of the railings until the next time they are washed, make sure you go back over them with a clean sponge. Dry the railings with a clean, soft cloth to prevent water spots on their surfaces.

Tip: Never Power Wash Powder-Coated Railings

While it might seem a lot easier to power wash your exterior railings rather than washing them by hand, this should always be avoided. The water stream coming out of a power washer can easily peel off their coated surface. Once a railing's surface has been breached, then you will need to have the railing removed and recoated.

If you have a contractor cleaning the exterior of your building or concrete walkways, make sure to tell them to keep the power washing away from your custom railings to avoid damaging the. 

Tip: Protect the Railings when Performing Maintenance or Upgrade Projects in the Area

Finally, while your custom powder-coated aluminum railings are very durable, there are a few things will damage them. For example, a wet cement mix is very caustic and will eat holes in the powder-coated finish. Solvents used to clean floors and in industrial processes can also damage the railing's finish. 

To avoid damaging your new railings, cover them with foam, plastic, or tarps when working near them. If you will be using large equipment or heavy tools, consider padding the railings in case they are accidentally hit.

For more information about these and other maintenance tips, contact companies such as American Iron Co.