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Metal Bed and Furniture Care Guide

Metal beds and furniture has a range of benefits, such as being fairly resilient and even providing the room with a contemporary stylized elements, though they may not be as commonplace as fabric based beds and furniture.

Many may be confused by the thought of metal being used as a material, as most of the time metallic furniture is seen outside, yet nowadays there are plenty of practical and appealing pieces of furniture that look fantastic in the home.

There may be many questions with care and maintenance of metal beds and furniture, yet there are also plenty of general questions about them to consider too.

Your Happy Beds metal bed and furniture care guide overview:


Tips for taking care of your metal bed and furniture with Happy Beds

  • There is a whole range of different metals used when creating metal Beds and Furniture, though the most popular are stainless steel, aluminium, cast iron and copper.
  • Generally metal bedframes are more durable than other bedframes and are no less difficult to assemble.
  • There are simple solutions to issues such as a squeaky bedframe, such as padding the section between the base and the mattress.

What tips are there generally for cleaning metal Bed and Furniture?

A general rule of thumb with metal Beds and Furniture is that, unlike most other materials, they don’t require too much upkeep or cleaning. Simple steps, such as regularly dusting, should suffice, but there are more extensive steps that can be taken for thorough cleaning.

If you’re attempting to clean the entire surface area though you may wish to move the Bed and Furniture outside (provided it’s dry outside, of course) and even consider taking the Bed and Furniture apart. If you wanted to be totally thorough with a bed frame, this latter option may be desirable as it would serve as an ideal opportunity to deal with potential squeaking issues.

If your furniture features irremovable pieces of fabric, such as a chair with a padded seat, then throughout the process try to avoid getting any water with detergent on it, and simply treat the fabric with a sponge soaked in cold water at each step of the process.

Most types of metal (with a few exceptions referenced throughout this guide, such as copper) can be cleaned by using lukewarm water with a touch of detergent. Using a scrub brush for easily accessible areas and smaller instruments, such as an old toothbrush, for spots that are hard to reach, scrub the metal with the lukewarm water solution.

Once the entire surface area has been scrubbed, wash the solution off with cold water and dry it with either a towel or a dry, soft cloth. If, throughout the process, you find any spots or areas affected by rust then treat them. Help with how to do so can be found in a separate section of this guide.

Thoroughly cleaning your metal Bed and Furniture can help keep it looking its best for longer and remaining durable. It can also serve as a ‘two birds one stone’ situation where you can check for rust or a source of any irritating squeaking.
Avoid using brass cleaners and, if any water or spills appear on the surface, clean and dry them immediately to prevent rust.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • As iron wrought bedframes were once so extravagant, families would often attempt to get them out of burning buildings.

How do I clean my stainless steel Bed and Furniture?

Stainless steel, as well as being the most common, is the simplest metal to clean. Simply wipe the surface with a cloth that’s been dampened in lukewarm water with a small amount of detergent in it.

This simple cleaning process can keep your metal Bed and Furniture looking its best for longer.
Avoid getting the metal too wet, as this can cause rusting. If you do use too much water you can always dry it off with a dry, soft cloth.

How do I clean my aluminium Bed and Furniture?

Create a mixture of lukewarm, mildly soapy water with a few drops of lemon juice and soak a soft cloth in it. Wring the cloth out and, when it’s slightly damp, slowly rub the surface. Once the entire surface has been covered dry it off with a dry, soft cloth. If the surface feels rough, you can swiftly polish it with a steel-wool pot cleaner. Soak the steel-wool pot cleaner in warm, soapy water, and when the water has become lukewarm give the steel-wool a bit of a squeeze (so that it’s not dripping wet) and polish the surface. To prevent the surface from getting grimy, dirty or dusty, give it a quick dry with a dry cloth.

Although aluminium can’t rust, cleaning it is still important. These simple techniques can keep your aluminium Bed and Furniture looking good and shiny.
Although aluminium can’t rust, cleaning it is still important. These simple techniques can keep your aluminium Bed and Furniture looking good and shiny.
Like with most metal Beds and Furniture, avoid using cleaning methods / products used for other materials, such as wood or glass. These may not be as effective or, worse, may dull the aluminium surface.

How do I clean my cast iron Bed and Furniture?

Though it’s usually outside furniture that’s made from cast iron, there are some cases where the material is applied for Beds and Furniture.

Cleaning cast iron is quite simple as it’s a resilient material, as the likes of dusting it while usually suffice, though a mild detergent mixed with lukewarm water will also work for any further cleaning purposes. Just give the surface a wipe with a dampened cloth and then dry it off with a dry cloth.

As cast iron is usually crafted to be long lasting, a simple feat due to the material’s properties, it doesn’t require as much attention as other metallic Beds and Furniture. These extremely simple steps can still bring out the best from cast iron though.
As cast iron is usually crafted to be long lasting, a simple feat due to the material’s properties, it doesn’t require as much attention as other metallic Beds and Furniture. These extremely simple steps can still bring out the best from cast iron though.
Avoid using anything too acidic on cast iron, such as lemon juice or vinegar, if, for whatever reason, you don’t want to use detergent for a cleaning material. These can cause cast iron to rust fairly quickly.

How do I clean my copper Bed and Furniture?

To remove grime you can mix a small amount of salt with vinegar and gently rub it on the affected area. Once this has been achieved give the surface a quick clean with a damp, soft cloth and then dry it with a dry, soft cloth.

To combat a generally dull or tarnished look use an acidic liquid, such as vinegar or lemon juice, with a damp cloth and rub the surface, drying it after to remove any trace of water.

Copper can be hard to clean, but this simple process should resolve any grime related issues and keep it looking its best.
Avoid leaving any section of the copper wet as it can rust relatively quickly. Also, using products such as soap or detergent, even with water, can dull cooper so avoid using anything but the likes of vinegar or lemon juice.

How do I prevent my metal Bed and Furniture from rusting?

Using products such as car paste wax can create a good barrier between the moisture in the air the metal surface. A thin coat of this will suffice, as a thick coat could attract dust.

As well as preventing rust this method can make the metal looking new and shiny.
Avoid going straight to the coating process; be sure to clean the metal surface fist.

How do I deal with rust on my metal Bed and Furniture?

For small areas a quick and simple fix can be applying a touch of nail polish (one that’s the same colour as the metal, of course). If the area is too noticeable though you’ll need to scrape away any paint, sand down the affected area and apply a metal primer. Once this has been achieved you can apply the original colour with metal paint.

Cast iron metal requires a slightly different approach though. You’ll either have to apply store bought rust remover or use sandpaper to remove the rust spots. If you opt for the later then you’ll need to seal the surface, whether it’s with paint, a sealant or a rust protector.

As well as looking awful, rust can damage the integrity of metal. If left unchecked it could cause permanent and debilitating damage to your Bed and Furniture, such as a supporting leg of a bed becoming too rusted to remain intact, and therefore supportive.
To avoid getting rust in the first place, immediately clean up any spills or water and dry off whatever you’ve used to clean the metal with. Regular maintenance, such as dusting, can also keep metal for rusting quicker, as general upkeep can improve the durability of the material as well as act as a means of quickly noticing any issues.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • What we consider a bedframe didn’t appear until around the 14th century.

What benefits are there from choosing a metal bedframe?

There are generally agreed to be five distinct advantages to choosing a metal bedframe; durability, convenience, availability, cost and style.

Durability and convenience refer to the bedframes ability to survive wear and tear as well as the ways they can, in comparison to wood bedframes, easily be disassembled and reassembled for purposes ranging from simple mobility to cleaning and maintenance.

Availability and cost refer to how common metal bedframes are nowadays. There are many examples of metal bedframes being available in every size, from a small single to a super king bed, and as they’re so commonplace there’s more often than not a wealth of fairly well priced options.

Lastly style refers to how adaptable modern bedframe designs have become. When metal bedframes were first being produced it was much harder to create anything beyond a simple frame, yet nowadays there’s plenty of techniques readily available to manufacturers to make beautiful bedframes out of metal.


Despite these many advantages, try to avoid rushing to make a decision when buying a new bedframe. There are plenty of other factors to consider when planning your next bedframe purchase, so be sure to keep an open mind.
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