How to care for Door Hardware and other Ironmongery


The build up of dirt and dust on ironmongery fittings can cause a breakdown of the high quality finish.
This is more likely to occur in coastal or industrial areas and should be considered when implementing a cleaning program.

Unlacquered Brass Products

Depending on the finish that you desire brass should either be cleaned regularly using a proprietary brass cleaner to maintain its shine or cleaned using soapy water and dried with a soft clean cloth to maintain its old look.

Lacquered Brass Products

Lacquered brass finishes should be cleaned using a dry cloth or duster and occasionally apply a light coating of wax polish. After a period of time products which are regularly handled can become damaged and the lacquer will break down, if this occurs the lacquer should be removed and either relacquered or cleaned as polished brass.

Simulated Stainless Steel and Brass Products

These plated finishes should be washed with a warm soapy water using a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive materials.


Hinges need a more regular maintenance program set depending on usage. Lubrication is the most important consideration as well as the fixing of screws that need periodic re-tightening. Lubricate internal doorsets with a light machine oil. Apply petroleum jelly around bearing points on external doorsets.

Locks & Latches

Inspect all locks and latches for proper operation, adjusting the strike plate if necessary to ensure the smooth action to the latch bolt. A small coating of petroleum jelly should be applied to the lock snibs in coastal regions to resist corrosion.

Ironmongery Products

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