5 Steel Lattice Maintenance Tips 5 Steel Lattice Maintenance Tips

A steel lattice is an excellent outdoor structure to use in home garden design. With steel, you’re guaranteed of high durability and unparalleled satisfaction. It is one of the most resilient materials available for lattice construction. This is an important consideration when it comes to choice of material for outdoor structures. Once you know what steps to take to care for your lattice, maintenance need not be so much of a challenge. The 5 tips below can help to keep yours in good condition for several decades.

1.   To Clean

Use a mild detergent and warm water to wash your lattice. It helps if you give it a good scrub with a soft bristle brush. This will help to remove much of the dirt and grime. A water hose comes in handy as it helps to rinse the lattice quickly and efficiently. Be sure to use plenty of water so that you don’t end up with soap residues. It is a good idea to wash your lattice every 2 to 3 weeks.

2.   Rust

Use a wire brush or sandpaper to clear away spots of rust. This can be followed with application of a primer. Be sure to use a metal primer that contains rust inhibitors. Due to the intricate design of a lattice, it is easier to use a spray applicator. Begin to spray at the top and work across as you move downwards.

3.   Corrosion

An automotive paste wax or liquid wax helps to keep corrosion at bay. First, clean your lattice with water and mild detergent. Wipe away water with an old towel. Allow it a couple of hours to dry completely in the sun. Once dry, you can buff or spray the lattice with wax. Build-up of dirt and grime on your lattice attract corrosion. Clean your lattice frequently to help prevent corrosion. However, if you live near the ocean, you’ll need to clean it more regularly. This helps to clear the residual salt from sea air that accumulates on outdoor steel structures.

4.   Painting

If you prefer to paint your steel lattice, be sure to clean it thoroughly before you proceed. A clean surface plays a vital role in the final result. If you spot rust, it is best to clear this first before you paint. After rust removal, wash again with soapy water and rinse well. Wipe away excess water with an old towel. Allow the lattice to dry completely before you proceed. Use a primer or rust retardant paint for the first coat. Wait until it dries completely before you apply subsequent coats. It is best to repaint your lattice every 2 to 4 years. However, you can always touch up areas that show signs of deterioration.

5.   Inspection

Regular inspection of your trellis enables you to catch signs of damage in good time. You also want to be on the lookout for bird waste on your lattice. If left to sit for a prolonged period on the steel, it encourages corrosion due to the acidic content. Clear bird droppings with a soft bristle broom after which you can rinse with water.

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