Nickel Maintenance

A SIMPLE GUIDE TO CARING FOR YOUR NICKEL PRODUCTS

We describe Polished Nickel and Satin Nickel as ‘plated finishes’ where a layer of Nickel is plated over solid Brass. Many alternatives on the market use a cheaper metal than Brass which will corrode quickly. As such this is initially more costly but will last far longer, standing the test of time.

To retain the finish, regular cleaning with mild soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth is all that is necessary. If you find that this is not enough, a decent chrome polish can also be used. 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. In most circumstances this only means a quick clean every couple of months to avoid the dulling down of the appearance. 
External fittings and window fittings (where windows are often open to the elements) are most likely to be prematurely effected by weather. Polishing 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 and we'd be happy to help - contact us at sales@willowandstone.co.uk