Metal furniture might need a bit more maintenance, but in return, your home will enjoy a more contemporary and eclectic feel. This furniture is also incredibly durable, and an excellent investment, as metal bed frames tend to last much longer. They’re also easier to clean than wooden frames and aren’t as easy for pets to use as a scratching post.
Overall more attractive and resilient, metal bed frames are the perfect accompaniment to any bed. If you’re lucky enough to be the proud owner of a new metal bed frame or if it has been a while since your frame’s last cleaning, it can be hard to know the best way to clean it.
We can help guide you through how to clean a metal bed frame to achieve a sparkling clean frame that’ll make your bedroom or guestrooms shine.
Develop a Routine
Whenever you clean the room(s), you should clean your bed frame to develop a good habit of keeping it clean. The reality is it takes less time to take care of it consistently than it does to clean off any stuck-on gunk or residue. Make sure you know how to clean a metal bed frame and add it to your list of chores regularly — your bed frame will thank you!
What You’ll Need
It might seem like an easy task when you hear, “clean your bed frame,” but we recommend that you use the proper tools. This way, you can avoid any damage or rusting that can occur with using certain things like sponges. Before you clean, make sure you have:
- A bucket filled with warm water mixed with a gentle soap or cleanser
- A rag to dip in the water and soap mixture
- A dry, soft towel
- A vacuum
- A toothbrush, if needed to reach smaller crevices
As you can see, you only require a few simple tools.
Cleaning the Frame
To easily clean your metal bed frame(s), use a dry, soft cloth to wipe down all of the metal, including the base of the frame.
There’s not much more to it: as long as you’re taking care of the dust, your frame should stay nice and clean! You can also vacuum your frame with a dusting attachment, which is especially handy if you’re already vacuuming your room that day.
If you have something stuck on that might be a bit more stubborn, we suggest a gentle cleaning with soap and water. Make sure to wick away any excess moisture after cleaning, or the metal can become susceptible to rusting.
Now that you know how to clean a metal bed frame, make sure to wash your frame as needed or when you’re doing a big spring — or any time of the year — cleaning.
A Test of Your Metal
Your cleaning regimen might change depending on the type of metal that makes up your frame. Most metals, excluding copper, can be cleaned with soap and warm water. Although it can’t rust, aluminum is still important to keep clean and can benefit from a bit of added lemon juice in your cleaning mixture.
For copper, use a small amount of salt mixed with vinegar and gently rub it on the area that needs cleaning. Give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth, and then dry thoroughly. You can also use a bit of lemon juice here to give your copper a more refreshed look, being sure to dry it afterward.
Cleaning Rust on the Frame
Ideally, as long as you know how to clean a metal bed frame, you shouldn’t have to deal with rust. Should you happen to have an older frame, or if rust does happen, you can try to use a wire brush to break off any large flakes of rust while taking care not to strip away any of the unrusted parts of the frame.
Afterward, use steel wool until you see no more rust on the surface. You can also use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the frame further.
Maintain Your Bed Frame
Maintenance is the single critical factor in keeping your metal bed frame looking its best.
Here are some great ways you can ensure your metal frame will last throughout the years:
- Read all of the product details before using any cleaners that might damage your frame
- Ensure your frame stays dry at all times to avoid rusting
- Keep your frame away from any heat sources, as the metal will become incredibly warm
- When in doubt, avoid using any harsh chemicals on your metal furniture
- Always clear any dust off of your metal bed to combat the buildup
As you can see, proper maintenance shouldn’t require much work at all.
An Important Part Of Your Cleaning Regimen
You might not consider cleaning your metal bed frame important, but your frame can harbor dirt and dust just like a wooden or fabric frame can. The more often you clean your metal bed frame, the more you ensure that it will shine every day and continue to sparkle throughout the years.
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