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How to Clean Brass Stair Rods


Despite some advice to the contrary, you shouldn’t actually try to fully “clean” brass stair rods. This is especially true if you have brass stair rods from Stair Rods Direct. All of our products have a specialised, clear lacquer applied to them, meaning they should remain bright and untarnished without too much interference beyond the very basics.

Below, we tell you more about how to clean brass stair rods properly, without damaging them, so they will always look their best.

Caring for Brass Stair Rods

To clean brass stair rods from our selection, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth on occasion.

It’s important to follow the advice you find here when taking care of our products. Many different places might tell you to use a cleaning product, or to mix lemon juice with baking soda and apply it with a soft cloth, but these can often be detrimental to the stair rod. If you use brass cleaners intended for other solid brass features and objects, it will wipe away the lacquer designed to protect the rod from stains and tarnishing. 

There is also a chance that using cleaners to polish brass stair rods may cause other problems if you spill it on your stair carpet or runner. It can leave marks, or permanently stain the carpet. If any kind of liquid is accidentally spilt on a brass stair rod, you should wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth. The rod should then be dried with another clean, dry cloth.

When Cleaning Your Staircase

When you need to clean the staircase itself, including painted elements that are in the immediate vicinity of the stair rods, you should apply the cleaning product you’re using directly to a cloth. Then, wipe the surface you need to clean with this. If the cleaning solution, detergent, or even water used is sprayed and ends up on the stair rods, this can cause surface speckling.

Replacing Brass Stair Rods

Some homeowners may find that their stair rods have become too worn to be effectively cleaned, or restored to their best condition. In these cases, it will be best to remove the old stair rods and replace them with new ones. This won’t normally require a professional to have carried out, so you can just order the rods you want, whenever you want, to get started.

To fit your own stair runners, you will need a screwdriver and a hand tool called a “bradawl”, which is used to mark guide holes. These should give you everything you need to align, mark, and install your stair rods, brackets, and clips.

Our Range of Brass Stair Rods

Stair Rods Direct is proud to supply a wonderful selection of brass stair rod options – all coated in specialised lacquer that prevents dirt. 

In the event that your current stair rods become damaged, or if they are old and neglected, you can always replace them with your choice of our finest products. Shop online by finish to find Polished Brass, Satin Brass, and Antique Brass available, in a range of stunning modern and classical styles. You’ll be spoiled for choice, no matter what look you’re hoping to achieve with your interior design.

Deliveries are free on orders over £75 if you live in mainland UK.

Need More Advice?

If you’re having any other issues with your staircase, or if there is something you’re unsure of and would like to know more about, our advice can help. Take a look at the information we’ve got here and see if we can solve the problem you’re having together. From helping you decide what to do with your spandrel to making your stairs childproof – we have a page for it all. 

Want to be Inspired?

We also have a wide variety of inspiration pieces available, if you’re thinking of renovating or remodelling your staircase. All of these can help you decide on the fixtures, fittings, and features that will transform your staircase into something fantastic for your home.