How to care for your metal cremation urn

We care about your metal urn retaining its beauty for years to come. We have prepared care instructions so that you can look after your cremation urn to the best of your ability

Metal is a strong and reliable material, it is the perfect material for a modern cremation urn, due to its resilience. There are plenty of different metals to choose from in our store, find out about the variety of options below.

Our Metal urns are available in Stainless Steel (and matte black stainless steel), Corten Steel, Bronze or Waxed Steel.

How to care for metal urns

Metal urns are durable, robust and weather resistant. It is advisable to keep your metal urn directly out of sunlight to keep it intact for years to come. The sun's rays may begin to warp your urn, making it important to primarily place it in shaded areas. Using a dry cloth to clean metal urns is beneficial as moisture can create rust in the future. 

Stainless steel

The Stainless steel 316 surface is relatively rough. Depending on the finish, the surface may become lightly soiled. Stainless steel is more resistant to rust due to its chemical properties. The material may become more dull over time, but it should not rust, as long as it doesn't come into contact with other steel and rust water. Make sure you clean your stainless steel urn with non-abrasive materials or cleaners.

When it comes to cleaning our stainless steel cremation urns, please make sure that you follow these simple instructions:

  • Rinse your urn with tap water to begin with to remove any abrasive particles
  • Apply soapy and lukewarm water to your stainless steel urn
  • Create a light foam on the surface with a soft brush 
  • Rinse with tap water 
  • Dry with a clean and dry microfiber cloth

    Pictured below is an example of one of our stainless steel cremation urns. The eye capturing Lotus Cremation Urn For Ashes

    Lotus Cremation Urn For Ashes Stainless Steel

    Bronze

    This material is known to be strong and durable, as well as weather resistant. The designs of our cremation urns are created by welding and bending the bronze sheet material. When the cremation urns are finished being created, an oxidised layer is formed, creating the beautiful patina effect.

    Our colour choices are applied by hand, in either brown or green. Over time if the brown bronze cremation urn hasn't been treated, it will eventually develop into a green colour. 

    The process of maintaining the desired colour and look is relatively simple. The basic bronze cremation urns do not require a lot of upkeep as natural bronze does not decay or deteriorate over time. 

    With our coloured bronze cremation urns, the process is slightly different: You have to remove dirt with a soft cloth and soapy water. Ensure that you scrub your cremation urn gently so that you do not damage the bronze layer, as it can be fragile. When the cremation urn has been placed indoors, it will only need a gentle dusting. 

    With our bronze urns, we apply a slightly waxy and glossy top layer over the brown patina to slow down the oxidation process, which turns bronze into a green colour. This glossy layer needs to be applied every two years to make sure the oxidation process is stopped. To do this all you need is beeswax and a soft cloth. Apply the beeswax with a soft cloth, allow it to soak in, then polish it off. 

    Pictured below is one of our brown bronze cremation urns. The Star Cremation Urn For Ashes

    Star Cremation Urn For Ashes Brown Bronze

    This cremation urn is also available in green bronze

    Corten Steel & Waxed Steel

    These metals are world renowned for their weather resistant properties. We created a layer that seals the surface against oxygen, we do this by alloying steel with copper and silicon, forming an oxide layer. This prevents rusting from appearing.

    With this in mind, it originally will have a bright orange colour at the surface, when exposed to excess moisture, it will appear to change colour to dark brown. To give the guarantee that your cremation urn will not turn completely black over the years, we recommend that you keep your urn in a dry room, and away from moisture.

    Corten-steel is a rolled product. In the first months of the rusting process, the rolling skin will slowly separate from the steel urn and creates a temporary peeling effect. The rusting process of Corten-steel is natural, and is the reason for why each cremation urn is slightly different in colour.

    Corten steel and waxed steel can be bent and shaped to create our stunning cremation urns with unique shapes and modern designs. It is worth noting that our Corten steel and waxed steel urns are rough and coarse in texture, therefore your cremation urn must be scrubbed with dry cloth to avoid green spots appearing on your urn.

    Please be mindful that the oxide skin of Corten steel can release rust water when exposed to moisture, which can stain surfaces.

    Pictured below is one of our Corten Steel cremation urns. This specific urn is called the Oval Cremation Urn For Ashes

    Oval Cremation Urn For Ashes Corten SteelWe hope that this article has informed you of the different types of metal cremation urns that we provide and how to care for them appropriately.

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