Cleaning door furniture with household products
It’s impossible to stop your metal door hardware from tarnishing; this is a process that happens with most metals. But there are many ways you can clean your door handles etc, just take a look at our favourites below.
Cleaning Brass Door Handles and Door Furniture
Never use anything abrasive on your brass such as wire wool or a scouring pad; it will leave marks.
Method 1: Add one tablespoon of flour, one of salt, and one of vinegar to a bowl or clean container. Mix it until it becomes a paste, and then rub it on to the surface of the brass or copper. Leave it for a minute or two, and then wash it off with hot soapy water. Then rinse it and buff it with a soft cloth; your brass door handle or door furniture is restored.
Method 2: Cut a lemon in half and dip it in salt. Then rub it onto the surface of the metal and wipe it clean with a cotton cloth.
Cleaning Pewter Door Handles and Door Furniture
Pewter also suffers badly from the damaging effects of tarnish.
Combine 1 teaspoon of mild washing up liquid with 1 pint of water for pewter handles. Wash the handles in the soapy water then rinse with clear water. Dry with a clean rag.
If you clean your pewter door furniture on a regular basis will keep it shiny and looking new for years to come. It’s also much easier to manage tarnish as it appears, than it is to remove it once it has established itself.
All of these methods use household products you probably already have, so looking after you door handles isn’t an expensive thing to do, but it is worthwhile so you get the maximum return on the cost of your door furniture.
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