Brass is often found either polished or satin, both of which have very different looks. When it comes to door handles, they already come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and finishes; allowing you to match your door ironmongery to finish off the look of a door.
Satin Brass is a popular and stylish finish at the moment which adds a tasteful splash of colour to an exterior or interior door handle, and accompanying ironmongery.
Is satin brass in style?
Brass as a whole has had some time out of style, however it’s back now and its back better than ever before. The resurgence has been helped by the current retro and vintage trends that are massive at the moment within fashion and interior design.
The brass that we’re currently seeing isn’t quite the same as what we may have seen years back as the polished finish has been swapped for a more subdued satin finish. Giving the door furniture an elevated and mature look.
What is the difference between satin brass and polished brass?
The difference between satin brass and polished brass is actually quite clear. Where polished has a shiny surface that reflects light in a similar way to a mirror. Satin finishes have a dull look which doesn’t reflect nearly as much light. This will be quite noticeable in brighter areas such as on a polished brass door handle set
The differences don’t just lie within the colour though. To the touch they both feel very different, with polished brass having a smooth surface and satin having a brushed effect which feels grippier, which can be helpful for people who struggle with their hands.
Is brass good for door handles?
A neat feature of copper-based metals is that they can prevent the spread of bacteria and can completely destroy germs and bacteria due to the anti-bacterial properties of the metal. This means that solid brass handles can be fixed to a door to help prevent the spread of viruses, such as Covid-19.
Using solid brass door handle sets within a building such as a block of flats, elderly persons home or hospital can add and extra layer of protection to the people within the building to give that extra peace of mind.
How do you clean satin brass door handles?
Satin brass is a very easy to maintain finish due to the non reflective surface meaning it doesn’t attract fingerprints like it would if it we’re polished. Because of this a satin brass door handle will look less use than a polished brass door handle making the door look cleaner overall.
To clean a satin brass door handle set you’ll only need a few household items. A soft cloth, warm soapy water and some dish soap.
When it comes to cleaning the handle you’ll want to put the cloth into the warm soapy water and wring out the water so you’re left with a damp cloth. Then proceed to wipe the handle, ensuring to get the rose or backplate clean until all debris and dirt has gone. Once the handle is clean you might want to give it a wipe with a dry cloth or some kitchen roll to soak up any excess moisture and you’re done!