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  1. #1
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    Aug 2007

    Default Cleaning old door hardware?

    We have some old silver door hardware with glass knobs. Does anyone know what type of metal this might be in a 1929 house - and how to clean it? It has a tarnished appearance.

    Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    San Diego, CA

    Default Re: Cleaning old door hardware?

    I have no idea what type metal it is but brass was and still is, used for a lot of door hardware. You might try some stuff they call "wadding". It comes in a can and looks like a bunch of dirty cotton. It's impregnated with some cleaning ingredient and you just rub the metal with it. Then polish it with a dry rag. It does a great job on a lot of metals so maybe it will work for you.

    Good Luck.

  3. #3

    Default Re: Cleaning old door hardware?

    The silver metal could very well be either nickel or zinc plating. For tarnish, I would try a mild commercial metal cleaner.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    The Great White North

    Thumbs up Re: Cleaning old door hardware?

    For a couple of bucks pickup some Brasso and give that a try.
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