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Most of our brass products are protected by a lacquer coating and under normal circumstances should give many years of service. They should be cleaned with a cloth moistened with soapy water or alternatively wiped over with a soft cloth with beeswax. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES USE ANY FORM OF METAL CLEANER OR AEROSOL SPRAYS, this will damage the protective lacquer coating. However, after a period of time the lacquer coating, especially on external fittings, can suffer a possible breakdown. When the lacquer coating has broken down, remove the brass fittings and coat using a soft brush with acetone thinner or paint stripper according to the manufacturer's instructions. Completely dry the product using a soft cloth and then polish the surface using a metal polish or brass polish. At this stage the product can either be re-lacquered or left unlacquered and then polished as and when required.
We also have a small range of un-lacquered brass which to retain the original finish will require regular polishing with a good quality metal polish. However, they can be left and over time will acquire a darker and more aged patina.
Our quality chrome products are virtually maintenance free, chrome is a hard wearing finish that requires no lacquer. However, deposits will accumulate especially on external fittings. We therefore recommend regular cleaning with a soft cloth and non-abrasive wax polish.
This will ensure the original appearance is maintained.
Stainless Brass PVD
These products have an advanced vacuum treated process and we can offer a full 25 year replacement guarantee with the Exclusive Stainless Brass Finish.
The technology involved in this process renders this surface impervious to damage in normal use including oxidation, wear and abrasion. All lacqered brass items require regular cleaning with non-abrasive wax polish.
We recommend the removal of suface dirt by dusting with a soft cloth. Stubborn stains can be removed with the use of white spirit or similar spirit based products.
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Black Wrought Iron
The black wrought iron products require very little maintenance. The product can be kept clean using a soft cloth and warm soapy water. In the event of chipping occurring to the surface of the product, clean the affected area with a damp cloth and wipe dry. The area can then be touched up with black enamel paint.
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The beeswax finish is the most authentic finish for steel. When forged each product is left with colours ranging from blue to deep red ochre. To bring out the best in the beeswax we advise that before fitting products are given a buff with a soft cloth. Using a beeswax maintenance wax will help restore the finish and give protection.
The beeswax range is suitable for internal use only.
Pewter Patina Finish
This finish beautifully highlights the texture of the steel and has excellent anti-corrosion properties. We recommend that products are wiped with a lightly oiled cloth once a month to remove any harmful deposits and restore its original condition. DO NOT use any form of metal cleaner or aerosol spray.
Cast from solid bronze, all items pass through a series of hand applied chemical processes to help achieve this natural patina, with the finish is completed a thin coating of beeswax is applied. In time and usage, the original colour of this product will slowly age, giving each piece its own natural uniqueness.
Periodic wiping with a lightly oiled cloth or beeswax will help preserve the look of the product.
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Why Clean Stainless Steel?
Stainless Steel needs to be cleaned for aesthetic considerations and to preserve corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is protected from corrosion by a thin layer of chromium oxide. Oxygen from the atmosphere combines with the chromium in the stainless steel to form this passive chromium oxide film that protects from further corrosion. Any contamination of the surface by dirt, or other material hinders this passivation process and traps corrosive agents, reducing corrosion protection. Thus some form of routine cleaning is necessary to preserve the appearance and integrity of the surface. Stainless steels are easily cleaned by many different methods. They actually thrive with frequent cleaning and, unlike some other materials, it is impossible to 'wear out' stainless steel by excessive cleaning. Stainless Steel performs best when clean - cleanliness is essential for maximum resistance to corrosion.
Stainless Steel Maintenance Program
All exposed stainless steel surfaces should be wiped over with a clean cloth and warm water with a mild detergent on a frequent and routine basis.
For more stubborn dirt or stains use mild, non-scratching abrasing powders such as typical household cleaners. These can be used with warm water, bristle brushes, sponges or clean cloths. For more aggressive cleaning a small amount of vinegar can be added to the powder.
Carbon steel brushes and steel wool should be avoided as they may leave particles embedded in the surface, which can lead to rusting.
Cleaning should always be immediately followed by rinsing in clean hot water and the surface then wiped completely with a dry towel.
The maximum recommendation for routine cleaning is once a month and more often in areas subject to heavy soiling or frequent use.
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Types of Door Handles
Lever Latch Door Handles: For general use on interior doors with a plain back plate, fitted with a mortice latch.
Lever Lock Door Handles: For use on external doors or on interior doors where a lock is required with a key hole on the back plate, fitted with a 3 or 5 lever lock.
Bathroom Set Door Handles: For use with bathroom locks. The door handles have a thumb turn fitted on the handle backplate, which turns the bolt to lock the door. These type of handles also have an emergency release on the outside door handle.
Privacy Lock Door Handles: For use with a mortice latch. The door handles have thumb turn fitted on the handle backplate, which locks the lever handle in place. These type of handles also have an emergency release on the outside door handle.
Euro Profile Door Handles: For use with euro profile lock cases and euro cylinder locks.
Oval Profile Door Handles: For use with oval profile lock cases and oval cylinder locks.
Please note that lever latch door handles are not supplied with mortice latches, and the bathroom set door handles need to be fitted with a bathroom lock. When ordering please remember to order these items separately.
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