Cleaning and Maintaining Your Railing

Spring will be here soon and as the warmer weather heads in, it’s time to start thinking about getting your outdoor areas ready for the season, and that includes your outdoor railings. 

Even though ETP Aluminum products can easily withstand our harsh Canadian climate because they are made with high-grade aluminum and stainless fasteners, making them corrosion and rust resistant, it’s always a good idea to check around your deck and railings for any loose parts or obstructions that may have occurred during the winter to avoid any potential safety hazards. If needed, make necessary repairs. 

Glass railings are desirable for their sleek, modern look and for providing unobstructed views of spring and summer landscapes. Just as you would refresh your outdoor landscaped areas, which may include having your home windows washed, it’s also recommended to clean your railings, whether all aluminum, all glass or a combination of both.

Here are some simple tips to get your railing sparkle-ready for the season.

1) Using a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to avoid scratching both the aluminum and the glass, wash railing and glass with a mixture of warm water and liquid dish soap.

2) If there is extra debris or dirt in the corners or under the handrail, use a soft brush with the warm soapy water to clean away.

3) For stubborn stains, like bird droppings, cooking oils or heavy dirt buildup, use a stronger solution like an ammonia-based glass cleaner, or a 1:2 ratio of apple cider video and water.

4) Rinse the railing with clean water to remove excess soap.

5) Wipe with a soft cloth or squeegee to avoid streaks or water stains.

6) Keep a squeegee on hand throughout the season for quick wipe downs after a rainfall to avoid water spots being left behind on the glass.


Following these simple tips will maintain your railing, and continue to make it look look clean and sparkly all season long.


ETP Metal Products Mfg. Ltd. is a proud Canadian manufacturer of high-quality aluminum products with over 20 years experience.  For questions or information on all of our products, contact us at 416-741-9859, or email us at sales@etpmetals. Visit our showroom at 237 Toryork Drive, Toronto, Ontario M9L 1Y2.

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