No matter how small it is, door handles need as much maintenance as any other hardware of your house. Dirty and unkempt handles can deteriorate, rust, get damaged fast and also dull down the look of your home. You can maintain the handles in your home regularly, just these simple factors will help you.
Depending on the material of the handle, the nature of care they need varies. Although the mechanism of handles are not that complicated, it does include a number of small parts that operates in close proximity with each other. Over time, after enough use, all handles suffer from wear and tear. It is important to clean, lubricate and weather seal handles on a regular basis.
It is quite easy to clean a handle, using soap water and piece of cloth first to clean the dirt, then a rinse using just water. Different handle materials need different types of polish, such as a non-abrasive wax polish. Use the polish after removing the dirt from the handle to make your door handle looking like new!
Once every six months, you need to lubricate the door handle in order to keep the little parts functioning. It depends on the type of door and how much you use it though. It’s effective to lubricate door hardware just before winter starts to prevent freezing.
Lubricating with oil or graphite spray is quite easy. The only thing you need to make sure of is that you do it once a month, and you don’t let the lubricant gather on the door or smear the carpet. Using a straw to spay the inside of the locking mechanism will prevent spillage and penetrate the hardware well.
Outdoor handles take more maintaining as they fight with the weather conditions more. Your outdoor door hardware should be fully galvanized to protect them from rain, snow etc. process of freezing and thawing deteriorates the hardware more quickly, so maintain them as regular as possible and inspect for rust. Be sure not to use any abrasive cleaning product that might damage the handle.
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