Ian's Guide to Industrial Manufacturing

Two Tips For Those Who Plan To Have New Balustrades Fitted In Their Industrial Facilities

If you will be having new balustrades fitted in your industrial facility, you should keep the two tips below in mind.

Choose balustrades made from stainless steel if they will be subjected to a lot of wear and tear

Many business owners choose to have balustrade made from fragile materials (such as glass or plywood). Whilst balustrades of this kind may be perfectly fine in an office or retail environment, they are not particularly suitable for use in industrial facilities. In commercial spaces of this kind, it is best to opt for stainless steel balustrades.

The reason for this is that if your industrial facility is large and very busy, the balustrades you install in it will probably be subjected to a lot of wear and tear.

In addition to dozens of employees grasping the balustrades' rails and leaning against them several times each day, the balustrades may also occasionally be struck by heavy objects.

This structure could, for instance, be hit by a passing indoor forklift (if the forklift operator gets distracted and accidentally veers into the balustrade) or by heavy materials (if an employee who is carrying them drops these items whilst walking past the balustrade).

While the type of forceful impact could cause irreparable damage to a glass or wooden balustrade, it will do very little harm to a stainless steel balustrade, largely because this alloy is extremely durable.

Make sure your cleaning crew know how to clean the balustrades correctly

It is important to ensure that the team of people who you pay to clean your facility understand how to clean your newly-fitted balustrades correctly. If you don't, there is a chance that these workers could accidentally damage them.

For example, if you decide to fit stainless steel balustrades, you should instruct your cleaning crew to only use non-abrasive sponges and cloths to remove dirt and dust from the balustrade's rails.

The reasons for this are that scouring pads and other types of abrasive cleaning products could create tiny scratches on the surface of a stainless steel balustrade.

This could not only dull the natural sheen of the stainless steel but could also make the balustrade unsanitary, as any viruses and bacteria that are transferred onto the railings may end up hiding and breeding inside these embedded grooves. This could then increase the risk of any employees who touch these railings coming into contact with germs and developing an illness.