Bars, kitchen islands, and even card game tables now have added functionality unlike in the past. Its added feature today is the handrail that provides a comfortable resting place for the feet. With this accessory in place, people using those areas can enjoy their time and not worry about tiring their feet.
Foot rails are those long tubes that you see attached to the bottom and front of a bar counter or kitchen island. It can be made of different types of materials such as wood, stainless steel, and brass. They not only serve an important purpose, but also enhance the beauty of your home bar or kitchen island counter.
But as with any accessory in the home, maintenance is crucial for the foot rail. This is to avoid scratches, dirt, dust, and stains. In addition, polishing is vital especially for the stainless steel and brass rails to maintain their shine.
For brass foot rails, applying brass lacquer and enamel will help prevent future tarnishing. Be aware that this material is prone to corrosion. This occurs due to the condition of the environment, including chemicals, salty air, pollutants, and ultraviolet rays, and when this happens, the lacquer can disintegrate.
Experts recommend applying a non-abrasive car wax to the surface of the pipe at least two to three times a year. This is to prevent fogging.
Also keep the material away from paints and other chemicals that can affect the condition of the brass. Another option in case you see signs of tarnish is to apply nail polish remover and apply a fresh coat of polish over the brass. After that, you can add a polymer car wax cleaner, clean it, and apply a coat of polyurethane sealant before buffing the material with a clean, soft cloth or rag.
An ideal way to clean your brass railing is to use a mild soap and water mixture. Dampen your rag with the solution and wipe the rail. Do not use abrasive cleaners as much as possible, as they can cause scratches.
For your stainless steel standing railing, you can use soap and water or detergent and ammonia along with a sponge to keep it clean. Never use scourers with metal or metal scrapers.
If you see stains and some discoloration, you can use a stainless steel cleaner or just a mild cleaner. You can choose from several types, such as alkaline, chlorinated alkaline, or chloride-free cleaners. You can use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
If rust exists, mix nitric acid and warm water in a ratio of one to nine. The right to mix this is to add the acid to the water and not the other way around. Leave the mixture for about half an hour to prevent corrosion from spreading. Rinse after and let dry.
Follow these steps regularly and it will make your foot rails more durable and attractive for a long time.