Wrought Iron Cleaning Tips
Wrought iron is a great material for outdoor furniture as well as ornamental accessories and indoor accents including brackets and fixtures. The material is very durable; however, due to its rather rough texture, it tends to collect a lot of dust.
How To Get It Clean
If the surface of your wrought iron is very dusty, start the cleaning process with a vacuum cleaner that has a brush attachment. Remove or loosen as much dust as possible. Then, it is best to mix some soap with water to wash the surface down. Experts recommend using plant-based soaps which are alkaline on the pH scale. This makes them safer for use on surfaces than acid-based soaps, since they don’t eat away at the paint. If the wrought iron piece is rather intricate maybe use a small nylon brush (e.g. a toothbrush) to get dirt out of crevices. Once you are done, rinse the pieces with clean water. Outdoor or other larger pieces can be hosed down to get rid of the soap water. Use a towel to dry off your wrought iron pieces or simply let them air dry. In order to get your wrought iron looking shiny again, you should mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with about 0.3 gal. of water. Wash the pieces down with this mixture and dry them with a soft cloth. They should look much better after this treatment. If you find, that your wrought iron has some rust on it, it is best to use a wire brush or even sandpaper to brush it off. Try not to let rust, which can be a problem especially in coastal communities, build up too much. If you leave rust on wrought iron unattended it develops more extensively and becomes harder to remove.