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How to care for your external door furniture

Perhaps the most important tip is in the title of this blog. When you buy external door furniture, buy the best that your budget will allow. If you look in antique shops or architectural salvage yards you’ll see that some original items are going strong. This is proof that a good quality item of door furniture that is looked after correctly will be a thing of joy for a long time.

Top tips for external door furniture?

There is a wide choice of styles and finishes when it comes to door furniture. Many choose a sleek contemporary look to suit their modern home and these looks good on all periods of property. Others attempt to recreate an authentic period feel. Whichever look you want to go for we have some great tips for the care of your cherished door items:

  • When it comes to external door furniture the effects of pollution, high humidity, sea air and acidic rain will have an effect on the stability of surface finish and will inevitably cause a finish to deteriorate. Cleaning with good wax polish (not aerosol spray) is recommended.
  • Plated finishes will benefit from the use of chrome cleaner from time-to-time followed by a wipe with a cloth impregnated with a light oil.
  • For bronze finishes regularly wipe with a cloth containing a light oil.
  • For unlacquared brass and bronze door furniture, use a good quality metal polish to retain the original finish. Oxidisation will age the surface - and this can give the item a great look.
  • For antique black iron door furniture regular dusting and the occasional wipe down with an oiled cloth will help retain the painted finish in great order. It’s likely however that prolonged exposure will mean some repainting. Repainting will also help prevent rust in the long run.

Hopefully you’ll find these easy-to-follow tips will help you keep your door furniture in tip top condition. If you have tips of your own we’d love to hear from you. Why not post on Ironmongery Online Facebook page?

Want even more on making the most of your doors? Try our blog ‘All About Door Hardware’: http://www.ironmongeryonline.com/blog/door-hardware-guide/all-you-ever-needed-to-know-about-door-hardware.

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