Virginie. Door Handles. November 28th , 2017.
When you are looking for door handles with an additional back plate, you need to consider the different roles which style and tradition can play in the design of the door handles. The back plate is a very traditional feature of doors, and can be seen on most Victorian-age homes, but the plate can also be adapted for more modern use, showing that it is adaptable for the times we live in. If you have a traditional home, then you may choose a more traditional back plate design, but for people living in new-build houses, modern back plate features on handles can provide the nod to tradition that they were looking for, without sacrificing style.
The simplest handle is a pull - or push - projection on the side opposite the hinge. The placement of the handle is generally where it will provide an optimal mechanical advantage; most doors operating as second class levers. Doors with centre pulls or rings, or a pivot point in a location other than one edge of the door, use first or third class lever principles. Depictions of door handles in paintings dating to the first century CE are centrally placed hinged rings. The modern door knocker is a vestige of this style of primitive door handle. Doors were typically secured by bars and brackets to prevent them from being opened by either intent or accident.
As door handles easily catch germs and bacteria because of the variety of individual hands that touch them in the course of a day, it is important to consider the materials used. It is believed that certain materials like brass, copper and silver discourage the growth of bacteria and germs through some kind of electro-chemical effect; while other materials like aluminum, stainless steel, glass and porcelain do not have the same action. However, this belief has remained just that... a belief: and studies have not been extensive enough to confirm or disprove this possible effect, except in the case of silver. Hospitals in particular are experimenting with handle materials as they continue their fight against infectious disease within their wards.
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.
Newly installed brass door handles are always radiant, but eventually the wear and tear will cause them to lose their radiance. This wear and tear could be due to stains, grease or any other similar factor that can reduce the glow of metal. As brass is the combination of zinc and copper, it creates a golden color that gives the brass door handles their attractive and shining look.
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