How to Clean and Maintain Your Decorative Hardware

Learn how to clean & maintain decorative hardware with expert tips from an experienced home improvement specialist.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Decorative Hardware

Decorative hardware can add a touch of elegance and charm to any room. To keep your hardware looking its best, it's important to clean and maintain it regularly. As an expert in the field of Houston Interior Design, I'm here to provide you with some tips on how to clean and maintain decorative hardware.

Step One: Soak the Hardware

To get rid of dirt and grime, the first step is to soak the hardware in a mild, soapy solution or a mixture of water and vinegar. Fill a bowl or sink with warm water and add a splash of dishwashing liquid or olive-based soap.

Shake the water with your hand to make foam. Let the hardware soak for a few hours or overnight so that they loosen and remove most of the dirt.

Step Two: Rinse and Scrub

After soaking, remove the hardware from the solution, rinse them with warm water and rub them with a soft brush (if necessary) to finish the job. If you need more robust cleaning power, vinegar is sufficient.

Vinegar, a natural fat cutter, is ideal for cleaning and brightening kitchen areas.

Step Three: Clean the Surrounding Areas

If your sink looks dull with stains of water or dirt, take some time to clean it thoroughly. Like the bathroom faucet, you can usually clean these accessories with an all-purpose cleaning spray or soap and water.

Step Four: Replace Old Hardware

If you've been trying to clean the hardware and hinges in your kitchen and they just don't come out as clean and shiny as you'd like, you can always put new accessories in old cabinets.

From gleaming stainless steel hinges, decorative polished brass knobs and antique wood drawer handles, well-maintained accessories greatly enhance the appeal of your favorite furniture. Cleaning and maintaining decorative hardware is an important part of keeping your home looking its best. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your hardware looks great for years to come.

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