Maid Services: Cupboard Handles Cleaning
Metal cupboard handles and knobs develop a patina that quickly turns to tarnish if they aren't properly cleaned. The tarnish may result in overall discolouration, or it may appear as dark flecks or spots on the handles. Proper cleaning depends on the type of metal. Cabinet knobs are typically made of chromed metal, steel, pewter or brass. Cleaning the metal properly prevents damage to both the handle and the cupboard door, and proper maintenance prevents tarnish from reappearing in the future.
Remove the cupboard handle from the door. Open the door to reveal the screw head inside. Unscrew it with a screwdriver, turning the screw to the left to loosen it.
Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 pint of water. Wipe chrome and steel knobs with this solution and soft rag, buffing them until the tarnish and dirt is dissolved. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a clean rag.
Combine 1 teaspoon of mild dish soap with 1 pint of water for pewter handles. Wash the handles in the soapy water then rinse with clear water. Dry with a clean rag.
Make a paste with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. The paste may bubble slightly. Rub the paste onto brass knobs and buff the tarnish away with the paste and a soft rag. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
Screw the handles back onto the cupboards, turning the screws right to tighten them.
Things You Will Need: screwdriver, soft rags, ammonia, dish soap, lemon juice and baking soda.
Prevent future tarnish buildup by wiping the handles down once weekly with a dryer sheet. The sheet transfers protective oils to the metal that stops tarnish from reoccurring. If you need to clean the house you have two variants: hiring a maid service - the maids or simply do it yourself following these easy tips.