Decorative iron is one of the most interesting design features that you could ask for. While decorative iron can add an attractive style point to any home or business, it can also be extremely vulnerable to the elements. Over time, it’s possible that your decorative iron will experience rust and corrosion, damaging its appearance and your enjoyment of your iron. This is why it’s so important to maintain your decorative iron.
Fortunately, decorative iron is not as difficult to care for as you might imagine. In fact, with the right tips, you can make your iron last for years to come. Discover a few tips for maintaining your decorative iron and learn how you can restore it when extensive damage or wear has occurred.
Look for Signs of Corrosion and Wear
The first thing that you need to do to maintain your decorative iron is to examine it as fully as possible.
How much of your iron is damaged? Have you experienced rusting, or is it just that some of the paint or protective coating has worn away? Answering these questions will help you to understand what level of maintenance your iron needs, if you’re capable of handling it yourself or if you should consider consulting a professional.
It’s also a good idea to learn a little more about your iron itself. Older iron may have different cleaning requirements than newer decorative iron, so you need to be sure that you’re using the right cleaning methods.
Remove Rust and Other Blemishes
Once you have determined the extent of the wear and tear that your iron has experienced, you can choose the right cleaning and maintenance method. For example, if the only thing wrong with your decorative iron is that some of the coating or paint has worn away, then the only thing you might need is a touch-up. Rust, on the other hand, requires a more aggressive maintenance method.
If your decorative iron has experienced a great deal of rusting, or if the coating has worn away more than a touch-up will fix, then you will need to consider media blasting. With media blasting, the rust, finish and paint of your decorative iron will be completely stripped away, giving you a raw iron surface that you can restore in any way that you see fit.
Have Your Iron Professionally Examined
If you’ve never had to care for or attempt to maintain decorative iron before, it can be difficult to know if you have prioritized the right tasks or if you’re caring for your iron in the right way. This is why it is always a good idea to leave the maintenance of your decorative iron to a metalworking professional.
The right professional can examine your decorative iron, tell you about the extent of the damages and recommend a maintenance and care plan. Professional care is the best way to maintain your decorative iron over a long period of time.
Maintain Your Decorative Iron with Assistance
Get the professional help you need to maintain your decorative iron by working with AR Iron, LLC. We offer media blasting service for decorative iron maintenance, as well as powder coating and custom forgings. Discuss your iron maintenance needs with an AR Iron representative today.