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A simple guide to maintaining your nickel products.
Polished nickel and satin nickel are ‘plated finishes’. Unlike many alternatives on the market, our nickel is a layer plated over a superior solid brass product (rather than a cheaper metal which will corrode quickly). As such this is initially more costly but will last far longer, standing the test of time.
In order to retain the finish, regular cleaning with mild soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth is all that is necessary. However, a decent chrome polish can also be used should soapy water fail. We use either Autosol or Silvo which are generally available from local DIY stores.
Atmospheric conditions do have an impact, though rest assured that these products will not rust due to having the solid brass beneath the plating. The build up of corrosive residue from rain, salty sea air and traffic affect all finishes eventually so it is advisable to keep your goods clean to avoid this. However in most circumstances this only means a quick clean every couple of months (as described above) to avoid the dulling down of the appearance. The products most likely to be prematurely effected by weather are of course external fittings and window fittings where windows are often open to the elements – polish as described above may be more necessary on these products. If you live in a particularly exposed coastal environment external products will require regular cleaning.
NEVER USE ABRASIVE CLOTHS OR CHEMICAL BASED CLEANING PRODUCTS ON NICKEL. If in doubt, drop us an email!