Brass hardware is designed to complement the design of your door or window—to cast reflections from its polished finish and to provide years of service.
Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, is polished and sealed with a clear coating by the manufacturer. When polished brass is not protected, it will tarnish and oxidize. This oxidization is a natural process that occurs when the elements contact the unprotected brass.
The coating that is applied by the manufacturer to the brass hardware may be subject to a degree of damage due to everyday use. This could be caused by normal scraping of rings or house keys on the handle during daily use or the transfer of paint thinners, lotions and other reactive foreign products from hands or nearby projects on the door or walls. In addition, ammonia-based cleaners will also deteriorate the protective coating. If normal wear-and-tear, sea spray or deterioration breaks through the coating, the exposed brass will oxidize.
Brass has an enduring quality and can be refurbished to its original polished finish over and over. The process is relatively easy.
If your solid brass hardware is PVD Brass, it is considered lifetime-quality and should not need to be refinished for at least 10 years. However, it is always a good idea to clean and polish your regular and PVD brass hardware. For instructions on how to clean your brass and PVD brass, read our guide here.
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