How to Clean Metal Legs on Dining Chairs

Want to know how to clean metal legs on your dining chairs?

You've come to the right place. Here at Lakeland Furniture, we like our blog to be a one-stop-shop for interior inspiration, buying advice and how-to guides when you're stuck on furniture maintenance. And today, we're focusing on cleaning those metal framed dining chairs. It might be daunting at first, especially as the seat is often made from a different material. As well as that, metal can easily scratch or rust if it's not cared for correctly. In this blog post, we'll run through all the potential mistakes you can make and how to avoid them. And, of course, end up with clean, beautiful metal dining chairs!

What you'll need

  • tin foil
  • LimeAway (or something similar)
  • baby oil or WD40
  • paper towels
  • used dryer sheets

The method

Start by inspecting your chair legs for rust. If there's any rust, rub the tin foil gently across the affected areas to remove it. This will also smooth and shine the metal! Then, if possible, remove the rubber tips on the bottom of your chair's legs. Keeping these on may cause dirt to build up and prevent a professional finish. Next, use a clean cloth and the LimeAway (or similar product) to wipe all over the really dirty part of the legs. You can now use WD40 or baby oil to wipe the rest of the chair legs. These oily products will protect the surface of your chair frame and help to clean metal legs effectively. Every now and then, for a quick fix, take your used dryer sheets to instantly buff up and clean the metal frame! Important tip: Never use an abrasive product or material to clean metal legs as this will cause scratches to the surface. We also recommend wiping up any spills or stains as soon as they happen. The average family home is bound to see some spillages every now and then! But the best thing you can do to clean metal legs is to clean them right away. Letting anything stick or sink in will only cause more problems later down the line. And of course, leaving them exposed to water for too long will inevitably cause rust.