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How To Care For Metal Beds and Furniture


You may overlook the idea of cleaning a metal bed, or metal furniture as they can conceal dirt and damage well. Although, it is still very important to maintain a good level of cleanliness to your metal furniture to ensure a lasting quality over time. Read Happy Beds' Metal Care Guide to find out all of the tips and tricks of keeping your metal furniture looking amazing.

Things You Will Need

Although it may seem fairly straight-forward when considering how to clean a metal bed or piece of metal furniture, there are recommended tools to use to prevent rusting or damage whilst giving the metal a thorough cleanse:

Nylon brush offers the perfect tool to clean metal furniture with.
Detergent/washing-up liquid mixed with warm water creates the ideal solution for cleaning metal surfaces.
Fabric deodorant treats odours and nourishes fabric.
Toothbrush to get into the hard-to-reach areas for thorough cleaning.
Dry towel to wipe the metal dry with after treatment, to prevent rusting.

The Benefits of Metal Furniture

Aside from looking very modern and contemporary, metal beds and metal furniture items have their strong advantages, here's why they make excellent additions to your home:

  • Durable in structure and tends to last a long time.

  • Effortlessly modern and available in a range of styles, colours and furniture items.

  • Most metal furniture is easily wiped and cannot be damaged as much as fabric upholstery.

  • Pets cannot damage and destroy metal furniture as they can other furniture materials.

  • More resilient to everyday wear and tear which all furniture faces.

The Dos and Dont's of Metal Furniture

Like all materials, there are certain tips and tricks on how to get your metal bed as shiny and clean as possible - but, there are also certain things that you must avoid when it comes to metal beds and furniture:

  • Do use a combination of cloths and brushes to wash a metal bed, depending on the nature of the stains/damage.
  • Do check the instructions and product details before applying product to metal furniture.
  • Do remove dust from your metal bed regularly to avoid build-up.

  • Do not use harsh chemicals on painted metal furniture.
  • Do not leave any part of metal furniture damp or wet, as this will cause rusting.
  • Do not apply heat to dry metal surfaces, as this will make it go very hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

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


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, 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.

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.

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.

How do I clean my cast iron Bed 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.

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.

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.

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.

How do I stop my metal bed from squeaking?


One of the most reliable fixes of a squeaking metal bed frame is to line the area between the mattress and the base and/or slats with a blanket or old clothes, such as t-shirts, and create a thin barrier between the two parts of the bed. If slats are the issue, try placing cork in the gaps between the slats that cause the squeaking and check that they are now firmly in place. There’s also a chance that uneven legs on the bedframe might be causing the squeaking, so placing a towel underneath the uneven table can solve the issue.