Care and Cleaning

Bronze and Brass Hardware Cleaning

Bronze or Brass whether it is a living finish, lacquered, or plated should be cleaned following these steps:

  • Wipe with a soft, non-abrasive cloth dampened with clean water
  • Wipe dry with a soft, nonabrasive cloth.

Water residue should not be left on the product as chemicals or minerals contained within may damage the protective coating and degrade the finish.

Important: Do not use any abrasive or non-abrasive cleaners or solvents, whether chemical or organic, to clean the products as they may degrade or remove the patina completely.

Preserving your Bronze and Brass Patinas

The following Ashley Norton Hardware patinas are living finishes:

Bronze Brass
Dark Bronze (BZ) Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze (.8)
Light Bronze (LT) Light Oil Rubbed Bronze (.6)
White Bronze (WL) Polished Nickel (.4B)
White Medium (WM)  

Living finishes are designed to age naturally over time. The effects of age, climate, and use will work in conjunction to create unique, contrasted color variations. The most frequently handled areas will highlight as the patina wears off and natural shades of the bronze and brass are exposed. Untouched areas may oxidize further and the combination of colors and hues will accentuate the timeless elegance of the base material.

How quickly this process occurs is dependent upon usage and environmental factors such as climate. The natural aging process will allow the underlying base metal to show through along areas of wear.

To preserve the product's patina, please adhere to the following cleaning and waxing routine periodically for your specific material type and finish. Alternatively, you can leave the product to naturally age with elegance.

Bronze - Dark Bronze (BZ) and Light Bronze (LT)
  • Wipe clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth dampened with clean water.
  • Wipe dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • Apply a light coating of liquid Carnauba wax to the product with a soft cloth.

Perform this periodically to preserve the original patina. Frequency will depend on specific conditions and location of the installation.

Important: Do not use any abrasive or non-abrasive cleaners or solvents, whether chemical or organic, to clean the products as they may degrade or remove the patina completely.

White Bronze Patina - White Bronze (WL)
  • Wipe clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth dampened with clean water.
  • Wipe dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • Apply a light coating of liquid Carnauba wax to the product with a soft cloth.

White Bronze (WL) only: Brasso® metal polish and Grade 0000 Steel Wool may be used on WL hardware that has not been cleaned for prolonged periods. Apply a light coating of SC Johnson® Paste Wax to the product with a soft cloth to help maintain the patina.

White Bronze Patina - White Medium (WM)
  • Wipe clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth dampened with clean water.
  • Wipe dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • Apply a light coating of SC Johnson® Paste Wax to the product with a soft cloth.

Important: Do not use Grade 0000 Steel Wool on White Medium (WM) as it will wipe away the patina.

Brass Living Finishes - Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze (.8) and Light Oil Rubbed Bronze (.6)

These two brass finishes are not coated with lacquer and are living finishes designed to age naturally over time. Follow these steps to preserve the original finish:

  • Wipe clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth dampened with clean water.
  • Apply a light coating of liquid Carnauba wax to the product with a soft cloth.

Perform this periodically to preserve the original finish. Frequency will depend on the specific conditions and location of the installation.

Important: Do not use any abrasive or non-abrasive cleaners or solvents, whether chemical or organic, to clean the products as they may degrade or remove the finish completely.

Brass - Polished Nickel (.4B)
  • Wipe with a soft, non-abrasive cloth dampened with clean water
  • Wipe dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
Manzoni Cabinet Hardware Cleaning

All our cabinet hardware products are designed for interior use only. Products should be cleaned only with a soft cloth dampened with water and wiped dry with a cloth. Water residue should not be left on the products as chemicals or minerals contained within may damage the protective coatings and attack the finish. No cleaners, whether chemical or organic should be used to clean the products as they may attach the finish and void warranty.

Note: Wood Collections

Our Designer Wood Cabinet Hardware collection is treated with a lacquer to protect the wood.
To clean follow the above instructions. Avoid using chemical cleaners as it could damage the product.