Care of Beeswax

28/01/2016
by STS Online

Beeswax products should only be used internally or in a sheltered position. Even then, they should be regularly maintained.

All products with this finish are treated with a special wax imparting subtle matt richness to the metal. This gives excellent protection where products are fitted internally and maintained. Sometimes because of temperature changes your product might have a slight white bloom. We recommend you polish it with a soft cloth, this will restore the finish. However, mild steel or malleable iron, which are the two materials we forge, when fitted in damp bathrooms or wet properties, have the potential to exhibit surface rust. In these situations we recommend an application of maintenance wax. Please make sure plaster is fully dry before fitting ironmongery.

The maintenance wax 'From The Anvil' product code 33002 will restore the finish and afford protection. If surface rust does occur rub with wire wool and apply maintenance wax with a rag or brush. Inevitably when two areas of metal come into contact with each other an abrasive action is enacted, and sooner or later the wax surfaces are lost by the constant rubbing action. This is unavoidable during the operational activity of the article, so where obvious abrasive areas of moving parts are visible an occasional light oiling is recommended.

Care of Brass

28/01/2016
by STS Online

Our products are protected by the most advanced lacquer available and under normal circumstances should give many years of service. They should be cleaned with a cloth moistened with soapy water or alternatively wiped over with a soft cloth with beeswax. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES USE ANY FORM OF METAL CLEANER OR AEROSOL SPRAYS.

However, after a period of time the lacquer coating, especially on external fittings, can suffer a possible breakdown. Therefore, the life of the lacquer is beyond the manufacturer's control and cannot be guaranteed. When the lacquer coating has broken down, remove the brass fittings and coat using a soft brush with acetone thinner e.g. "Nitramores" according to the manufacturer's instructions. Completely dry the product using a soft cloth and metal polish, such as "Brasso" or "Duraglit". At this stage the product can either be re-lacquered or polished as and when required.

A fresh coat of lacquer may be applied, but we strongly recommend that, especially for external use, you should leave the item unlacquered.

Care of Chrome

28/01/2016
by STS Online

Our quality chrome products are virtually maintenance free. However, deposits will accumulate especially on external fittings. We therefore recommend regular cleaning with a soft cloth and non-abrasive wax polish.

This will ensure the original appearance is maintained.

Care of Pewter

28/01/2016
by STS Online

Genuine Pewter

Regular cleaning with a soft damp cloth will maintain and restore the original finish.

Pewter Effect

Occasional wiping with a waxed cloth (DO NOT USE an abrasive wax).

Moving parts will benefit from the occasional lubrication with a light oil. Take care to remove excess oil afterwards.

Care of PVD Brass

28/01/2016
by STS Online

Stainless Brass PVD

These products have an advanced vacuum treated process and we can offer a full 25 year replacement guarantee with the Exclusive Stainless Brass Finish.

The technology involved in this process renders this surface impervious to damage in normal use including oxidation, wear and abrasion. All lacquered brass items require regular cleaning with non-abrasive wax polish.

We recommend the removal of surface dirt by dusting with a soft cloth. Stubborn stains can be removed with the use of white spirit or similar spirit based products.

Care of Stainless Steel

28/01/2016
by STS Online

Why clean stainless steel?

Stainless Steels need to be cleaned for aesthetic considerations and to preserve corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is protected from corrosion by a thin layer of chromium oxide. Oxygen from the atmosphere combines with the chromium in the stainless steel to form this passive chromium oxide film that protects from further corrosion. Any contamination of the surface by dirt, or other material hinders this passivation process and traps corrosive agents, reducing corrosion protection. Thus some form of routine cleaning is necessary to preserve the appearance and integrity of the surface. Stainless steels are easily cleaned by many different methods. They actually thrive with frequent cleaning and, unlike some other materials, it is impossible to 'wear out' stainless steel by excessive cleaning. Stainless Steel performs best when clean - cleanliness is essential for maximum resistance to corrosion.

Stainless steel maintenance program

All exposed stainless steel surfaces should be wiped over with a clean cloth and warm water with a mild detergent on a frequent and routine basis.

For more stubborn dirt or stains use mild, non-scratching abrasing powders such as typical household cleaners. These can be used with warm water, bristle brushes, sponges or clean cloths. For more aggressive cleaning a small amount of vinegar can be added to the powder.

Carbon steel brushes and steel wool should be avoided as they may leave particles embedded in the surface, which can lead to rusting.

Cleaning should always be immediately followed by rinsing in clean hot water and the surface then wiped completely with a dry towel.

The maximum recommendation for routine cleaning is once a month and more often in areas subject to heavy soiling or frequent use.

Where routine maintenance is considered a prerequisite of compliance with an associated guarantee a 'Maintenance Log' should be kept for each installation.

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