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Essential Tips for Spring Cleaning Door and Window Hardware

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Written by Lucy Thornton ,
Published on April 15, 2024 at 12:00:01 PM PDT April 15, 2024 at 12:00:01 PM PDTth, April 15, 2024 at 12:00:01 PM PDT
Essential Tips for Spring Cleaning Door and Window Hardware

As a professional, you understand the importance of attention to detail in every aspect of your craft.

From selecting the finest materials to perfecting every job, you work towards excellence and don’t want anything to spoil the finish.

Which is why it can be frustrating when external door and window hardware accumulates dirt over time and customers come back to you complaining that it’s “rusted”.

What some assume is rust is often simply dirt

99% of the time, it’s not rust. It’s dirt.

Just like you clean your car, your windows and your gutters, you should also clean your hardware, otherwise dirt can build up, ruining the aesthetic and generating call-backs.

So what should you do to keep hardware looking good?

Here are some essential tips to keeping door and window hardware looking pristine:

  • Regular cleaning
  • Make it a habit to clean your hardware regularly with a mild soap and water solution. Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently wipe away dirt and debris. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the hardware

  • Preventative measures
  • Take steps to prevent staining and rust by applying a protective coating to your hardware. This helps create a barrier against moisture and environmental elements, helping maintain appearance and performance

  • Deep cleaning
  • For stubborn stains and dirt build-up, consider using a specialised cleaning kit designed specifically for door and window hardware. Coastal’s cleaning kit contains everything you need to effectively remove stains, restore shine and protect hardware from future damage.

Clean in the direction of the grain of the metal for a smooth finish

Cleaning kit includes

  • - Stainless steel cleaner
  • - Stainless steel conditioner
  • - Microfiber soft cloth
  • - Lubrication spray for locks and euro cylinders
  • - Torx tool for lock keep adjustment
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With regular maintenance and the right cleaning products, door and window hardware looks fantastic for years, enhancing the overall look of your joinery and ensuring long-term customer satisfaction.

How to clean your stainless steel door and window hardware

Don’t let dirt tarnish your craftmanship. Educate and encourage your customers to clean their hardware routinely, just like they clean their cars, windows and gutters.

For more information on Coastal’s cleaning kits or to place an order, speak to one of our advisors on 01726 871 025 or drop us an email.

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