How do I clean brass cabinet hardware?
When you’re talking about buying brass cabinet hardware, you’re making an investment in your home. You don’t want to see that investment ruined over time because the finish has come off, or because the hardware has started to chip. To ensure that you get the longest life out of your hardware, just stick to some simple steps.
1. No metal-to-metal contact
Keep knives, peelers, and other metal kitchen implements away from your hardware. Even a small nick can cause a breach in the finish that may spread quickly, greatly diminishing the life of your hardware. The same applies to jewelry: use your fingertips to open your cabinets instead of wrapping your entire hand around the pull. When you rub any two pieces of metal together, one will inevitably chip away filings of the other, and although it is durable, brass is still a soft metal.
2. No chemicals or soaps
You don’t need to use cleansers or other chemicals to clean brass hardware – not even soap! Because brass is made primarily of copper and tin, it’s naturally resistant to microbes like bacteria like E. coli, viruses like the flu, and even certain types of mold and fungi. In fact, copper has been used to transport water for so many centuries for just this reason, even before scientists understood what germs were!
To clean your solid brass hardware, put it to work for you! Just use a soft cloth dampened with water (damp, not wet, and with no soaps or detergents) to wipe off any dust, build-up, or grime that may have accumulated on the hardware. Then sit back, relax, and let the copper do its thing. All of the germs should be gone within a 24-hour period.
3. Wash hands before touching
Washing your hands in the kitchen is always a good thing, but especially before your touch hardware. Any metal can tarnish and deteriorate over time when it’s exposed to oils, lotions, and other skin treatments. So wash your hands with soap and hot water, and then dry your hands thoroughly before touching the hardware.
Following these three simple steps will help to ensure that your Cliffside brass cabinet hardware has the longest life and best use for you.
For more information, check out our hardware care page.