We recently were looking at doors and windows for a project at our shop. On the Marvin Window site was a page entitled “Caring for Doors & Windows“. You can find this page and read it yourself by clicking here. It is a lengthy page to read but a good take away from it, answers a question that comes up from time to time. ”Why did the factory finish fail on my brass door hardware ?” Marvin goes through a whole laundry list as to what may happen. BUT, the import statement is that they recommend as soon as the hardware is installed that a paste furniture wax or non abrasive automotive wax be applied immediately and maintained frequently thereafter. This is something the sales person at your local lumber yard or millwork dealer probably forgot to mention. Once that factory finish has failed, you really don’t have much choice but to remove it . Marvin also on this page has recommendations how to do this. BUT again, after one removes this factory finish you really don’t have a choice but periodic polishing to keep the hardware looking the way you like it to shine. Particularly if it is exposed to the elements. A product that fits this requirement is made by Flitz, called Flitz Faucet Wax +. You can buy some by clicking here. It is recommended by Flitz for use on doors, outdoor lighting fixtures, faucets, tubs, showers, vanities, fireplace doors and more. It removes fingerprints, carbon, soot, makeup, hair spray and soap & lime deposits. It is safe to use on lacquer, clearcoat, powder coat, gold-plated finishes, living finishes, oil-rubbed finishes, acrylics, fiberglass, polyurethane, granite, marble, Corian,® and other solid surfaces. Flitz states that it will not dull polished metal and that it seals, polishes & protects with its creme-like carnauba & beeswax formula that won’t scratch. We have used this product numerous times and it lives up to the hype.
If you ever feel the need to clean your old well used rosary, you should try Flitz polish. The small rosary pictured below was one given over 50 years ago to a child for her first communion. As happens with this type of item, after years of use it was put away for safe keeping in a treasure box. Decades later it was easily restored to its original beauty with little effort using some Flitz so that it could be passed onto another very special child. Flitz is a good choice for this type of restoration as it is water based and does not cake up in the crevices and teeny tiny details of such a small intricate rosary. Just follow the simple directions on the container. You can purchase Flitz from our recommended supplier by clicking here.
Do you have a California Faucet? Depending on the finish different polishes are recommended by the manufacturer to maintain your faucet’s finish and not void any warranty. To maintain all finishes, California Faucet tells you to wipe your faucet after every use with a soft cloth such as a microfiber cloth, to prevent water spotting and mineral build up. Clean & wax regularly with their recommended “Faucet Brite” polish as it contains not only a gentle cleaner but also leaves a soft wax finish. Faucet Brite is a hard to find item that can be purchased on line by clicking here. For their living finishes, California Faucet suggests you use Renaissance Wax instead. In general they say when cleaning your faucets to stay away from abrasive and agressive chemicals such as soft scrub, ammoniated products such as as window or tile cleaners, bleach or abrasive cleaning pads.
As with any finish on a kitchen or bath fixture, don’t let water sit on them for a prolonged period of time, nor collect around the base of the faucet.
If you have not cared for your nickel finishes on a regular basis, California Faucets recommends using a stronger cleaning agent such as Flitz or Semi-Chrome. You can buy Simichrome & Flitz from our recommended supplier by clicking here.
To review California Faucets cleaning recommendations for its powder coat, nickel, 24K gold, PVD & living finishes, click here to go to their website.
A couple of days ago we received an e-mail asking what polish we recommend for Heartland stoves. It is always best to go by what the manufacturer recommends in order not to void your warranty. So from the Heartland website, which you can see for yourself by clicking here, is an excerpt as to what they currently recommend. For cleaning the trim, Heartland says that their nickel plated trim can be cleaned with any non-abrasive metal or chrome polish such as Autosol or Flitz. Autosol is Heartland Stove’s preferred choice. You can find either Flitz or Autosol polish and get it quickly from our recommended supplier by clicking here. For cleaning your glass top, Heartland says that cooktop cleaning cream (such as Cerama Bryte™) is the best cleaner for glass ceramic cooktops. To use Cerama Bryte™: Shake well and apply a few drops directly to cooktop or damp sponge and rub lightly. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth. This can be used on warm or cold ceramic cooktops. Daily use of cooktop cleaning creme will keep your cooktop looking new and easy to clean. A standard packet of this cream is included with each of their ranges. To purchase various sizes of Cerama Bryte, Click Here.