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How to Clean a Wrought Iron Staircase

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Furniture wax
  • Kerosene
  • Steel wool
  • Rust remover

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.

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Furniture wax
  • Kerosene
  • Steel wool
  • Rust remover

Tip

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

About the Author

Denise Howard has been writing since 2004, specializing in home and garden, travel, music and education. A private music instructor and professional accompanist, Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in music, studying both piano and voice.

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