Taking Care Of Custom Ornamental Iron Products

By Rhea Solomon

Iron is versatile and can readily be used to serve several purposes. Due to its malleability, it can be changed into different forms through bending, welding, folding or machining. In case of making ornaments, irons must be treated in a manner that they match the unique characteristics of the ornaments to be made. Majorly, ornaments are made using the wrought irons. Custom ornamental iron products are always satisfying if made well.

Besides the production of ornamental decor, they are also commonly used for the manufacture of rails, shelves, and patio furniture. Wrought iron requires cleaning because of its course texture that attracts excess dust particles. Therefore, it is advisable to use other materials to clean it on a regular basis until the surface is sparking. There are other preparation methods that ornamental irons must undergo before use.

The first step involves filling a bucket with warm water for cleaning. In case of cleaning large pieces of wrought iron, a bucket is most appropriate for holding more water. However, a spray bottle is most suitable for cleaning small pieces. Cleaning the material pieces is important in order to reduce the dust particles on the surface.

Mild soap solutions such as dish washing liquid soaps are considered best options for cleaning dirty irons. In some instances, vinegar is commonly used for cleaning wrought irons that had been stored indoors. This is because vinegar is viewed as too mild to remove excess dust particles and stains that are accumulated by outdoor irons. A soap mixture of just 5milliliters dish soap and 192 milliliters of water would sufficiently clean outdoor ornamental irons.

Using a household cleaner requires about 1.9 liters of water, while a mixture 118 milliliters of vinegar with the same amount of water is sufficient for indoor cleaning. Any items on the surface of the material should also be removed. A sponge or piece of cloth is also required for wiping.

A bucket is usually used for soaking the sponge or piece of cloth until it is damp. A spray bottle can also be used for the same purpose, especially in case of small scale cleaning. The wiping takes a systematic approach that aims at removing all dirty particles on the surface. It is done in a circulation form and small portions of the material at a time.

The wiping cloth or sponge is re-dampened as necessary during the wiping. If there are tough stains such as rust on the surface then it can be scrubbed with a wire brush or coarse sand paper. Once done, the bucket is emptied before refilling with clean water for rinsing. Clean water is used to wipe the material anew by frequently rinsing the sponge or cloth.

Hose water can also be used to rinse outdoor wrought irons in case of large scale cleaning. After which, the clean piece of iron is properly dried in the sun or using a sponge. Sun drying includes exposing the product to the sun rays. A dry sponge or piece of cloth is equally sufficient for removing excess moisture, especially when drying small pieces of the material. These methods can be used in maintaining custom ornamental iron products thereby keeping them in a good condition for long.

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