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How to Clean a Wrought Iron Staircase

Denise Howard

Wrought iron is produced from cast iron that is heated and purified, yielding a product that is very strong, yet can be welded and forged. Wrought iron's sturdiness and versatility make it a popular choice for decorative balusters and railings on staircases.

Wrought iron adds structure to staircase design.

A particularly ornate design might be more difficult to clean, but in general wrought iron is a durable, low-maintenance product.

  1. Dust the wrought iron on a regular basis with a soft, lint-free cloth.

  2. Wipe the wrought iron as needed with a damp cloth.

  3. Rub rust stains with kerosene, letting it sit long enough to loosen stubborn stains. Scrub the rust with fine grade steel wool.

  4. Use a commercial rust remover if necessary.

  5. Apply a coating of furniture wax occasionally to maintain the finish.

  6. Tip

    Use a high-gloss polish or spray wax on your wrought iron if you prefer a shinier surface.