Caring For Hardware
Use a clean, soft, damp cloth to polish and remove fingerprints and dirt from the window and door hardware.
Do not use household cleaners, window cleaning solutions, abrasive cleansers, bleaches, solvents, polishes or other chemical compounds to clean your window or door hardware unless specifically recommended by the hardware’s manufacturer. These products may remove protective coatings or scratch and remove finishes. Keys, rings or other sharp objects should be kept from striking the hardware.
Solid Brass Hardware Maintenance
Note: These instructions do not apply to antique brass, chrome plated or nickel plated brass finishes.
Solid brass hardware is typically factory finished with clear lacquer. The durability of lacquer depends on the specific manufacturer involved and the circumstances of wear and environment. Lacquers are affected by pollutants, temperature extremes, ultraviolet light, marine salt air or spray, paint fumes, and household cleaning solutions which contain bleaches, abrasives, or solvents. Ordinary wear from frequent handling is also a factor. The harsh salt air environment of beach-front properties is perhaps the most severe condition frequently encountered, where lacquers can fail in a matter of weeks. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that ANY BRASS HARDWARE USED OUTDOORS BE COATED WITH WAX — either a non-abrasive paste furniture wax or a non-abrasive automotive wax. This waxing should be done immediately when the hardware is installed, and maintained frequently thereafter.
Bronze Hardware Maintenance
Your dark bronze finish is not coated with lacquer and is designed to age naturally over a period of time. How quickly this process occurs depends on usage and whether the product is used externally. The natural aging process will allow the brass color of the underlying metal to show through along areas of wear.
To retain luster to the product, clean once every two or three months with a soft cloth and apply a light coating of bee’s wax and buff up using a soft cloth. Alternatively, you can leave the product to naturally age with elegance.
Do not use any abrasive, harsh cleaning chemicals, or solvents when cleaning your bronze product or the bronze color may be removed completely.
Your hardware has undergone a state of the art process known as Physical Vapor Deposition. A layer of hard-wearing metals are deposited onto the solid brass substrate which means it has been given a tough finish to resist fading and discoloration by direct sunlight, humidity, and most other environmental factors, even in coastal areas.
To help retain the appearance of your hardware for many years to come, periodic maintenance is required to remove any atmospheric deposits from the surface of the product.
- › Once every two months, clean the surface of the product thoroughly with a soft cloth moistened with light, soapy water.
- › To remove heavier deposits, non-abrasive kitchen cleaner may be used with a moistened cloth.
- › Remove traces of water and cleaner and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
- › When using any proprietary cleaner, always follow the advice given by the manufacturer in handling cleaning materials.
- › Do not use any abrasive cleaning materials or solvents when cleaning your hardware.