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Door Furniture – A History Of Brass Polishes

June 10, 2010

Brass Polishes
written by Martin Foley

Door Furniture – History of Brass Polishes

DOOR FURNITURE – A HISTORY OF BRASS POLISHES

In 1905, Reckitt and Sons senior travelling salesman visited the company’s Australian branch and found a liquid brass polish being sold. This was brought back to the UK and after reformulation by Reckitt’s chemists was launched as Brasso. It was a great success, replacing the previous abrasive paste cleaners, and was extensively used in hospitals, hotels and department stores for polishing door furniture, door knobs, door handles, finger plates, letter plates and nameplates.

In over a 100 years the product has been little changed, and the packaging has become a design classic. It is the ubiquitous brass polish in the Uk and has become one of those few products (like everyone calling the vacuum cleaner hoovering) where the brand has become the process.

Of course there are other excellent products on the market, like those from Liberon, Kleenoff, Briliant and one of our favourites Harringtons. You can also make your own polish.

Unlacquered brass will tarnish naturally if left alone. All of these products are easy to use and revive the lustre on brass door furniture and window furniture. They should not be used on modern lacquered brassware (which we do not sell) or any plated items such as nickel door furniture or chrome items. Ideal for restoring and maintaining your brass door handles, door knobs, door knockers, letter plates, finger plates, cupboard knobs, bell pulls and pushes, window fasteners and window stays.

Please click on any of the links above to go to our webpages for Brass Door Furniture and Brass Window Furniture. If you wish to know more about Unlacquered Brass click the link to visit our blog article.

 

 

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