Virginie. Door Handles. November 20th , 2017.
Obviously, styles shapes, materials, and function have evolved over the years. The types of door handles sold today are high-tech, made to withstand the test of time. Handles are now made with better materials and workmanship so once installed, unless you wanted a different look, the handle would last the life of the home. Some people still prefer the initial type of door handle but a growing number of home and business owners are now turning to unique handles coupled with decorative hardware. With this, the door and all its components actually become a key part of the overall look. Of course, alone with the handle opening the door, security is another key element when buying. Today more than any other time in history, people are taking more intense measures to protect property and families. Because of this, manufacturers have designed a variety of different features for door handles that can provide a much better barrier of protection.
If you want to maintain the polish of these handles, then the best possible and safest method is to use the natural and harmless products available in your kitchen. One possible method is to combine flour, vinegar and salt to make a paste then apply it on your handles. Similarly, you can also use pure lemon juice as a substitute of vinegar. If you are using ammonia, then slightly dip a piece of clean cloth in it and rub it on your handles. If you are using supermarket polish, then use the same procedure as with ammonia to rub it. This polish has the ability of removing grease, grime and dirt.
While different types of door handles are designed with unique components, the average handle has basic components. For instance, in addition to the knob top, which is the large knob that you would actually grab hold of to turn, handles are made with a spindle, shank, and knob rose. The knob rose is a round washer or plate used to form a socket. This piece is adapted so it can be attached to the actual door. Then, there is that spindle, which is the thin piece to which the handle attaches. The shank is the stem that projects from the door handle. Within the shank is a hole in which the spindle would be placed. For functionality, the door handle would be attached so the metal shaft can turn the latch to open the door.
NEVER use wire wool or carbon steel brushes to clean your stainless steel door handles and pulls - this can cause damage to the surface and allow particles to become embedded in the surface leading to rusting or other corrosion occurring. Warm water, mild detergent and a soft cloth are all you really need to keep your stainless steel clean, and make sure to dry it well after cleaning to avoid any water marks being left behind. For more stubborn marks, any non-scratching household abrasive cleaner should do the trick, again make sure to rinse and dry thoroughly!
Doors throughout history have also changed regarding functionality. For instance, we still find doors of all types, those that roll, slide, swing, and fold. Of course, for doors to function, hardware is required to include door handles. Just as with doors, handles have a long history although these were first manufactured during the mid-19th century in America. The first handle was shaped like an egg and today, they are still found in many homes, especially older homes. Interestingly, because of the way this type of door handle is grasped, it has proved to be the easiest to open.
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