How to Clean Metal Balusters

How to Clean Metal Balusters

One of the best feelings a DIY deck builder or homeowner can have after a deck renovation or a new deck build is the relief of skipping the yearly hassle of wood deck railings.

By choosing to install a complete metal deck railing system or simply by updating their deck design with fresh, new metal balusters, eliminating the struggle of old wood deck railing can give both your outdoor space and yourself a whole new lease on the deck life!

When planning a DIY deck renovation or a new deck build, many deck owners spend a good deal of time picking out their decking and deck railing materials to ensure that they'll love the look and that they're long lasting. They also tend to ask us, "How do I clean metal balusters?"

How to Maintain Metal Deck Balusters

Metal deck balusters range in materials, designs, and installation methods to offer a wide range of deck railing infill options for any deck railing layout. With materials spanning from aluminum deck balusters to strong steel balusters and iron balusters similar in style to wrought iron railing of decades before; metal deck balusters are customizable, durable, and contemporary.

Choose from the standard baluster install method of between the top and bottom rails, face-mount baluster installs perfect DIY deck renovations or in-rail baluster installs to create the exact deck railing look you're seeking for your outdoor deck space.

Knowing how to clean metal balusters, such as these Deckorators aluminum balusters installed on wood deck rails, can keep your deck looking fresh

Cleaning Metal Balusters

To clean your powder-coated metal balusters or steel deck balusters, simply wipe down the balusters as needed to maintain the pristine shine of the first day they were installed!

Deck baluster manufacturers recommend either using a mild liquid dishwashing soap such as Dawn® or Joy® mixed with warm tap water or a 2:1 part mixture of distilled white vinegar and warm tap water.

Using a clean, lint-free rag or cloth, wash the powder-coated aluminum balusters with your cleaning solution. Lightly scrub away any stuck on grime, pollen, sap, or debris that may have accumulated on your metal balusters. Do not use a textured rag, hard-bristled brush, or sandpaper to remove any stains. This can scratch the powder-coating on the metal balusters.

Thoroughly rinse off your balusters with a hose to remove all traces of the baluster cleaning solution. Then let the metal deck balusters air dry, or wipe down dry with a clean, dry towel to prevent any water spots from occurring.

Here's a handy video on how to clean metal deck balusters and metal deck railing systems.

Choosing metal deck railings or metal balusters for your outdoor space will improve the look of your home's deck, porch, or patio while saving you time and money in the long haul.

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