How to Clean a Wrought Iron Staircase

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Wrought iron adds structure to staircase design.
Wrought iron adds structure to staircase design. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

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

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

Wipe the wrought iron as needed with a damp cloth.

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

Use a commercial rust remover if necessary.

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

Tips & Warnings

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

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