How to Care for a Wrought Iron Fence

July 1, 2022

Wrought iron, steel and aluminum fences can last for many years, as long as you maintain them properly. If you let rust get out of control, it can affect the strength of the fence and eventually cause it to crumble. Follow these steps regularly to keep your investment in great shape. While many Wrought iron and aluminum fences are “maintenance free”, it is still important to keep an eye out for minor damage that could lead to larger issues.


Rain and humidity can make your fence rust, so check for weeds and vines from growing on the fence when you mow and remove them before they get out of hand. It’s especially important to keep prickly vines and bushes away from wrought iron fences, as a small scratch on the metal can encourage rust.

Applying a protective coating of car wax or water repellent spray will keep the elements from seeping in. You can also protect your fence by painting it. Choose a rust inhibiting paint and follow the preparation instructions.

Wrought Iron Fence


Keep your wrought iron fence looking nice by cleaning it with warm, soapy water when you notice it’s dirty. Scrub away rust spots before they have a chance to penetrate. You can use a toothbrush or other small cleaning brush to get those narrow spots scrubbed clean. Rinse the fence and let dry when you’re done.

Repair Rust

If your fence has small sections of rust that can’t be cleaned, it’s important to remove the rust and prevent the damage from escalating. Use sandpaper and a fine wire brush to scrub the rust off, then protect the section of fence with wax, a protective spray, or paint.

Inspect Regularly

Do a thorough inspection of your fence and gate at least once a year. Look for loose hardware and footings, as well as cracks, damage and rust. Take appropriate steps to repair any damage you find. If your fence has been painted, watch out for cracking or spots. Sand and paint those sections before they grow. If you find bent sections or you come across a problem you don’t feel that you can tackle, call the professionals at Reddi Fence at 316-858-0757 for repairs.

Resources found on our website are provided as general guidelines, and Reddi Industries does not assume any liability resulting from the provided information.