If the iron stairs that are leading up to your home's balcony have rust spots on them, remove the damage with the following steps. Once the iron staircase is rust-free, apply a rust-inhibiting sealer over the surface of each stair to prevent them from rusting again.
- scouring pad
- naval jelly
- piece of high-grit sandpaper
- hand sander
- water hose
- long-handled scrub brush
- masking tape or painter's tape
- paint tray
- rust-inhibiting sealer
- mixing stick
- paint roller and frame
Eliminate Rust Spots From Each Stair
Dip a scouring pad into a container of naval jelly. Press the pad against each rust spot. The jelly will help dissolve the rust after it penetrates each spot for a few minutes. Move the pad briskly against each rusted surface. The rust will flake off as you complete this step. Add more naval jelly to the pad if it is needed until most or all of the rust has been eliminated.
If any rust fragments still remain on the stairs once you have finished, attach a piece of high grit sandpaper to a hand sander and move the tool back and forth over them until they have all been removed.
Clean And Seal The Stairs
Use a long-handled scrub brush and a bucket of soapy water to clean the stairs. Rinse the stairs with a steady supply water until all of the soapy residue and naval jelly has been eliminated. Wait for each stair to dry completely. Place strips of masking tape or painter's tape over any areas of the staircase that you do not wish to cover with the rust-inhibiting sealer.
Mix a container of rust-inhibiting sealer and pour it into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to cover the flat portions of each stair with an even coat of the sealer. Wait for the sealer to dry and use a paintbrush to cover any small details in the stairs with the sealer that were not initially covered with the paint roller, then remove the tap after it dries.
Maintain The Iron Stairs
The sealer will prevent moisture from accumulating on the iron, reducing the chance of rust from forming, and will protect the stairs throughout the year, but it is still important to clean the surface of each one occasionally with soapy water and a scrub brush. Afterwards, the steps need to be rinsed with water. As a result, debris will not accumulate on the steps and damage the sealer. Reseal the steps in the future if any portions of the original coat of sealer begin to wear off the surface of any of the steps. Contact a company like Lamonaca Iron Works Inc for more information or assistance.