Door Handle Hygiene - Don't let them loose their sparkle! No one can deny that a door handle or door knob can add a touch of glamour and sparkle to the home. With the various shapes, sizes and finishes they come in, it's impossible not to find something to suit your aesthetic. But, after a while, these door handles and knobs can start to look worn and aged. Here are some clever tips on how to maintain your door handle hygiene
Polished Brass Before cleaning, you should find out whether your handles is solid brass or brass plated, as this can make a huge amount of difference to the cleaning products used. Brass plated handles should never be cleaned with abrasive cleaning products i.e. steel wool. Ultimately the best way to maintain a brass handle is too polish it regularly with a soft, fine grade steel wool. Use gentle, circular motions and take it slowly. This will give the handle a brand new shine. Another great way to maintain brass is to use a soft cloth with a little beeswax. If your brass fitting is unlacquered or the lacquer breaks down, use a cloth to apply a small amount of car wax to the fitting.
Fun fact for Door Handle Hygiene: Brass door knobs and handles disinfect themselves within eight hours
Before purchasing an antique brass handle, please bear in mind that antique distressed finishes are designed in a way that over a period of time, their aged appearance will enhance. This could result in slight colour variation of the years.
For antique brass, all that's required is a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Soft, circular motions, buffering as you go along.
Fun fact for Door Handle Hygiene: Antique brass is also capable of disinfecting itself due to the copper elements in the brass. If the knob/handle is quite old, this process can take a little longer than eight hours.
Chrome is extremely durable and more than likely the only maintenance required is the removal of finger marks. Lightly dust the chrome fitting with a soft cloth. Never use polish with chrome as it encourages smudges, rather than rid of them.
Maintaining door handle hygiene with satin nickel, all depends on where the handle is positioned; Internal: Wipe the handle over with a soft cloth and buffer gently until a soft shine appears. External: A small amount of a high quality wax polish - buff gently before the wax polish dries which will leave smears.
Iron is perhaps one of the more vulnerable materials and these days black antique handles/knockers tend to be extra protected with a zinc plating. However, they should still be regularly wiped with a soft cloth and occasionally oiled to protect the finish.
Fun Fact for Door Handle Hygiene: If the black antique has been protected with a zinc plating, then it will have some self disinfecting properties as zinc is one of the metals where a antimicrobial effect is displayed.
All handles can pick up germs, that can't be avoided. But protect your handles and yourself with routine maintenance.