BRASS & BRONZE - PRODUCTS FITTED INTERNALLY
Regular cleaning with warm soapy water should be sufficient to keep any finish in its original condition. The occasional use of a good quality wax polish (NOT AEROSOL SPRAY) is also recommended.
Nickel finishes, polished & satin, will over time develop an individual patina of their own. They do however require regular care. Clean with soap and water. Water needs to be dried off to prevent hard water spots forming (which if left are difficult to remove). Maintain Stainless Steel finishes in the same way.
PRODUCTS FITTED EXTERNALLY
Environmental conditions can have dramatic effect on the stability of surface finishes. Industrial pollution, high humidity, sea air and acidic rain may cause a finish to deteriorate. Regular cleaning with good wax polish (not aerosol spray) is recommended. PLATED FINISHES-will also benefit from the occasional use of chrome cleaner, followed by a wipe with a cloth impregnated with a light oil. BRONZE will benefit from the occasional wipe with a cloth impregnated with a light oil. When the finish of LACQUERED BRASS has been broken, remove the lacquer using a soft brush with strong acetone thinner. Then carefully clean and dry the fitting before using a metal polish applied using a soft cloth. The fitting can now be repolished as and when required. Lacquered coatings cannot be guaranteed but the high quality lacquering processes applied to our British manufactured products are very much more superior than those used on the budget quality imported products elsewhere available.
UNLACQUERED BRASS & BRONZE
To retain the original finish regular polishing with a good quality metal polish is essential. However, if the intention is to allow the surface to age through oxidisation then no attention needs to be given. Other products that have been found to be useful for cleaning brass include - Tomato ketchup, Worcester sauce, Non-gel Toothpaste or a mixture of 1 part Lemon juice with 3 parts salt. All these need to be rinsed off carefully afterwards & the brass buff dried.
ANTIQUE BLACK IRON
The matt rust deterant paint finish applied to these products should be maintained by regular dusting together with a periodic wipe with a lightly oiled cloth. After prolonged
exposure to atmospheric conditions it may be necessary to repaint with a suitable type of paint. Unlike brass and bronze, Iron hardware is subject to damage by rust if the paint finish is damaged.