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Care & Maintenance: Metals

Metals

Metal has a unique allure…cool, sophisticated and symbolic of modernity, yet it is the most elemental of materials. The beauty and utility of JANUS et Cie’s multiple collections constructed of metal and steel rely on fine base materials honed by skilled craftsmen to ensure seamless surfaces, smooth edges and technically advanced finishes.

ROUTINE CARE & MAINTENANCE

  • Wash with mild, pH-neutral soap such as Dawn® and clean water using a non-abrasive cloth or sponge.
  • When using metal polish or protection products, be sure they are formulated for the specific type of metal used on your product. Please follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaning products, steel or brass wool, or wire brushes when cleaning metals.

BRASS

Brass is alloy metal made primarily of copper and zinc. Brass can range in color from red to yellow depending on the amount of zinc added to the alloy. Brass is commonly used for decorative purposes primarily because of its high durability and does not rust. Exposed brass will oxidize and form a patina. The patina is a coating of verdigris which is blue-green in color. To retain the original finish please follow instructions below.

ROUTINE CARE & MAINTENANCE

  • A general cleaning with mild, pH-neutral soap such as Dawn® and clean water using a non-abrasive cloth or sponge, being sure to thoroughly dry.
  • Cleaning any metal surfaces with abrasives, scouring powder or hard bristle brushes is not recommended.
  • Brass will tarnish so to maintain the finish/sheen, immediately following cleaning, a very thin layer of high-quality spray automotive wax (such as carnauba wax) should be applied and the excess buffed or wiped off with a dry cloth.

PERIODIC CARE & MAINTENANCE

  • To remove oxidation/mineral deposits, lightly pick off built-up minerals with a soft nylon bristle brush and buff with a clean, soft cloth. Apply a thin layer of high-quality spray automotive wax (such as carnauba wax) and buff using a clean, soft cloth.

BRONZE

Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper, commonly with tin and often with the addition of other metals (such as aluminum, manganese, nickel or zinc) and sometimes non-metals or metalloids such as phosphorus or silicon. Bronze will not rust as it does not contain any iron (only iron can rust because rust is defined as iron oxide, a compound of iron and oxygen), but it will tarnish. As bronze is a “living finish,” products in this material will patina over time. If a patina appearance is not desired, the product will need to be maintained regularly.

ROUTINE CARE & MAINTENANCE

  • A general cleaning with mild, pH-neutral soap such as Dawn® and clean water using a non-abrasive cloth or sponge, being sure to thoroughly dry.
  • Cleaning any metal surfaces with abrasives, scouring powder or hard bristle brushes is not recommended.
  • To maintain the finish or sheen, immediately following cleaning, a very thin layer of high-quality automotive wax (such as carnauba wax) should be applied and the excess buffed or wiped off with a dry cloth.

PERIODIC CARE & MAINTENANCE

  • To remove mineral deposits, lightly pick off built-up minerals and buff with a Magic Eraser or clean cloth. Apply a thin layer of black Kiwi shoe wax and buff using a clean, soft cloth.