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Simple Tips For Maintaining Steel Stairs

March 31, 2022

Stairs are an essential part of places like homes, offices, shopping complexes, warehouses, and commercial spaces. Although escalators and elevators somewhat reduce the need for stairs, one cannot completely get rid of stairs. There is a limitation of space when it comes to elevators.


An escalator is a machine that can stop working due to several reasons like overload, overheating or damage to one of its components. It is during situations like these that staircases prove to be extremely helpful. Concrete and steel are the two common materials used for the construction of stairs.


Staircases constructed of structural steel have gained popularity in recent decades due to their many advantages. If properly maintained, steel stairs can last for many years without any damage. 

Here are a few simple tips for maintaining steel staircases.

  • If the steel staircase in question is situated outdoors, you can use soap and water to get rid of dust and debris. It is important to clean exterior steel stairs regularly as they are exposed to pollution all the time. If the staircase is made of galvanized steel, you can use industrial cleaning machines to save time and get the best results.
  • Avoiding strong or harsh cleaning agents that can mess up the finishing of the steel staircase is important. Abrasive cleaners, brass cleaners, hydrochloric acid, sandpaper, steel wool, and metallic scourers are all a big no-no. All of them can cause scratches and deteriorate the structural integrity of the stairs.
  • Rust is one of the biggest enemies of your steel staircase. Not only does it look bad, but it can also severely damage the structural integrity of the staircase. To avoid this, you are recommended to get the protective coating on your staircase. If the protective layer peels off due to wear and tear, you should not wait too long before getting a newer coat.

You can rely on Scarboro Steel Works for steel stairs of the best quality. We use only the finest structural steel to ensure strength and durability. Get in touch with us today to learn about everything we can do for you.