Brass Bar Foot Rails

Written by Christopher Ransom
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Brass bar foot rails are an attractive, easy to use way to add style and functionality to your bar. When it comes to establishing the classic Irish pub look, or even a more elegant restaurant setting, nothing shines and lasts like brass. Brass bar foot rails are used as much for their aesthetically pleasing qualities as for resting tired feet.

Brass rails are just as durable as steel railings as long as the proper thickness of the material is used and the rails are mounted to the floor and the bar. Most common brass rails are two inches thick in outside diameter (O.D.), and the actual wall thickness is usually only about .05 inches, so it's important to space your supports every four feet.

Maintaining Your Brass Bar Foot Rails

Let's take a look at how to maintain that warm, golden brass glow to keep your bar looking its best. You don't want to make the mistake of using anything abrasive, first off, because brass is a rather soft metal and even a rough sponge can lead to permanent scratching. If your brass bar foot rails are really crudded up with dirt or sticky drinks, it's better to use soft cotton hand towels and lots of warm sudsy water first. Then you're ready to polish.

There are a variety of brass polishes on the market and most will work just fine as long as you follow the directions on the packaging. However, the easiest way to polish your brass bar foot rails is with a product called Brasso, made by Duraglit. The nice thing about Brasso is that the can contains a wad of padding already soaked with the polishing agent. Wipe with Brasso, and then wipe the excess polish off with a dry, clean and soft towel. Brasso's method saves you the added step of mixing polish with one rag, which may not sound like much. But when you're on your hands and knees to clean twenty feet of rail, it's a blessing.


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