How to Clean and Maintain your Cable Railing

Powder Coated Aluminum Railing

Cable railings are not only visually appealing but also durable and reliable. However, like any other part of your property, they require regular upkeep to maintain their gleam and strength. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the easy steps you can take to clean and maintain your cable railings.

Firstly, avoid abrasive materials such as sandpaper, steel wool, or ScotchBrite® pads while cleaning the cables or fittings. These materials can scratch the surface, taking away the shine, and damaging the protective coating. Instead, opt for microfiber cloths or non-abrasive sponges; they work well in combination with the right cleaners.

You might occasionally notice a white residue or deposits on the cable or posts. This buildup, although visually unappealing, is quite easy to remove. Simply wipe it off with a damp cloth or use an approved cleaner.

It's essential to give your aluminum a good cleaning sporadically. The best method? Washing it with a solution of warm water and a non-abrasive, pH-neutral detergent. Ensure that you rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning to remove all residues. If you are using a pressure washer, remember to not exceed 400 PSI.

Maintaining your cable railing isn't just about cleanliness. Regular cleaning, combined with preventative maintenance, will ensure your railing continues to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property for years to come. It also keeps you within the bounds of warranty requirements.

Now, let's talk about approved cleaners. Key-Link Fencing & Railing has given the green signal for 409®, Spraynine®, Simple Green®, Fantastik®, and Windex®. However, refrain from using solvents such as thinners or any solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters, or ketenes on your aluminum railing.

By following these expert tips on how to clean and maintain your cable railings, you can continue to enjoy your scenic coastal views without any hindrance. Happy cleaning!

Stainless Steel Cables and Fittings

Stainless steel, as many of us are aware, is a corrosion-resistant material due to the protective chromium oxide film on its surface. In order to maintain its luster and durability, regular maintenance is necessary. This maintenance, as a rule of thumb, should be performed at least quarterly, but more frequent cleanings, even weekly, can help prevent small rust discolorations from forming. Optimal maintenance conditions are on a sunny or rain-free day and preferably after several such days so that your railing is as dry as possible.

4 oz bottle of Boeshield T-9 Waterproof LubricationStart by gently shaking the cable to dislodge any lurking moisture droplets. Next, use a microfiber cloth to apply a thin coating of Boeshield T-9 Waterproof Rust & Corrosion Protection to both the cable and post fittings. We suggest using a microfiber cloth because it not only applies the rust protection but simultaneously removes dirt particles. The T-9 Waterproof Rust & Corrosion Protection has an oily texture. This is key because moisture can nestle into the tiny crevices between cable strands, and it’s crucial to use this or a comparable product to fill in those gaps. Remember, oil and water don’t mix! By filling in these minuscule spaces with oil, you're preventing salt water, rain, or condensation from seeping into your cable.

A word of caution during this maintenance process: DO NOT USE ANY ABRASIVE CLEANERS OR CLOTHS. Abrasives will strip away the protective film on your cable and, depending on the intensity of your scrubbing, could even damage the powder coating on your posts and railing. Remember, the goal is to protect and preserve your cable railings.