My house has steel bannisters, almost like outside railings along the
stairs inside. Painted glossy black.
They seem fine most of the year, but during the hot humid periods,
they feel dirty and even lumpy in spots and I realize they havent'
been cleaned in 15 years, and I guess normal sweat and dirt from
people's hands have been deposited on them.
How would you suggest cleaning them, to get rid of the dirt but not
harm the paint and not drip dirty water on the carpet?
Once after I'd been here about 5 years, I thought the paint was
peeling off, so I painted part of them, but now I'm pretty sure dirt
was coming off and I just pained over the dirt. Still the paint job
looked pretty good for years.
Unscrew the ugly thimgs from the wall and stairs and take them
outside where you can clean them without worrying about the carpet. I
did that almost 20 years ago and never put them back. I installed a
beautiful oak railing this year.
On 8/18/2015 8:00 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Dollar Tree carries a cleaner called, Amazing Cleaner. It is yellow in
a plastic bottle. It is just like 409 but concentrated. Spray or wip
on, then use paper towels to clean the stuff off. If very stubborn, use
one of those green 3M scrubbies to get tot he bottom of it.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:39:38 -0400, Ed Pawlowski
I will get some of that stuff.
Since no one had a miracle way to do this, I pondered it some more and
thought of this: I got a plastic putty knife, with a blade sharper than
a metal one, but softer too so it probably won't damage the paint, and I
use it to scrape off the dirt. It comes off like a plane taking off
wood, and I can catch most of it in my hand and throw it in the waste
basket. If I do miss some I can pick it off the floor or vacuum it
later. All the liquids woudl have made a mess. Probably works
best in the summer when it's hot.
It's a little higher at both edges than in the middle, but the putty
knife bends a bit, or maybe then I'll use Amazing Cleaner.
It will take a long time to do 26 feet, but not all is 8 feet didn't get
that much use. It would have taken a long time with cleaners too.
I like to make funny comments. Such as kids sliding down the banisters came
to mind. Most posters don't even follow a thread such as yours, for example
If it upsets you then I won't do it any more, but then you can mark your
It seems wasteful to me when someone asks a legitimate question then 5 or 6
of the top posters run off the tracks with personal experiences nowhere nea
addressing the original question.
You did when you posted about my adding to the subject line. You could have
sent an email or changed the subject line so that others wouldn't have to
waste their time. Unfortunately you don't post your email or I would have
replied that way.
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