Ornate, Gothic, continental: wrought iron bar stools have an old world look that's all their own. Even the term wrought iron is old-fashioned. Wrought is an archaic word meaning worked or to work. The term has remained, even though true wrought iron has generally been replaced by forged mild steel. Here are some helpful tips on how to use and maintain wrought iron bar stools.
Wrought iron at the bar
Because of their weight and dramatic appearance, wrought iron bar stools are seldom seen at commercial bars or, worse yet, sports bars (George Wendt saying "Da Bears!" on a wrought iron bar stool? Not going to happen.) However, both qualities make wrought iron bar stools ideal for home use. As kitchen furniture, wrought iron bar stools will appeal to those who take pleasure from their surroundings. And as patio furniture, wrought iron bar stools are heavy and resilient enough to withstand the elements.
Rust was long a worry with wrought iron bar stools, but powder coating via electrostatic spray has reduced that concern. The applied surface increases the weather and corrosion resistance of wrought iron furniture, permitting prolonged exposure at an outdoor home bar.
When considering styles, keep location in mind. A backless wrought iron bar stool might be great for quick stops or one-drink sessions at a kitchen bar, while an upholstered seat and high back will better support extended leisure.
Maintaining wrought iron bar stools
Should you encounter any rust problems with a wrought iron bar stool, there are a few simple steps you can take. Very light scrubbing with a wire brush should remove rust flakes from the stool. Be careful not to scratch the adjacent paint. Rust stains on the other hand should be treated with a steel-wool pad dipped in kerosene.