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From The Anvil - Maintenance and Care Guide

26/09/2019 09:15 Comments

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Posted By Nigel

General Maintenance

 

In order to keep your products at their best here are some general maintenance tips independent to the finish you have selected for your From The Anvil Products. All of the From The Anvil finishes will last for many years to come but, as with anything, the more you look after it the better it will look!

 

It is recommended periodically oiling any moving parts on From The Anvil products to ensure they perform to their full capacity, especially when fitting externally. Whether fitting internally or externally we advise oiling From The Anvil products when first installing - this applies to all finishes. We recommend using our 3-in-one oil for this purpose.

 


Beeswax Finish

 

From the Anvil Beeswax Finish

From The Anvil ExternalBeeswax Finish

 

From The Anvil black finish is a quality powder coating which, when applied is baked in a high-temperature oven giving it an attractive, durable and corrosion-resistant finish. This finish is very low maintenance and is resistant to moisture, it can be used internally in high moisture areas like bathrooms or kitchens and externally in adverse weather conditions.

 

Although the black finish has excellent anti-corrosive properties, this should still be lightly wiped over from time to time with an oily cloth to remove the build-up of any harmful deposits that may sit on the surface of the products. This will significantly improve the lifespan of the product and finish. Using our From The Anvil’s ‘3-in-one oil’ is recommended for this purpose.

 

If for any reason your black products or screws become scratched through general wear and tear or fitting a ‘black touch-up paint’ is available which provides a way to fully protect your product again. This is very easy to apply, it is very hard wearing and is a perfect match to the From The Anvil black finish.

 


Pewter Finishes

 

From The Anvil Pewter Patina Finish

From The Anvil Antique Pewter Finish

 

From The Anvil pewter finish is highly durable and goes through many processes during manufacturing to ensure suitability for both internal and external use. This is a very popular corrosion-resistant finish and can be used for many applications.

 

It is recommended that From The Anvil’s pewter finish should be regularly wiped over with an oily cloth to remove the build-up of any harmful deposits that may sit on the surface of the products. This will significantly improve the lifespan of the product and finish.

 


Brass Finish

 

From The Anvil Polished Brass Finish

From The Anvil Aged Brass Finish

 

From The Anvil brass products are manufactured to the highest standards from solid and unlacquered brass. These finishes will naturally age through oxidation. If a bright ‘polished’ effect is desired this can be achieved and fully restored by polishing with a dry cloth or by using ‘brasso’.

 

From The Anvil aged brass finish is achieved by accelerating the ageing process during manufacturing and then re-polishing to create a textured finish. This process highlights all detailed areas within the product design by leaving any indentations dark and all surface areas polished to achieve an attractive contrast.

 

All our aged brass products can be maintained in the same way as our polished brass products by using a dry cloth or ‘brasso’ if a bright ‘polished’ effect is desired on the surface areas of the products. Because FromThe Anvil brass finishes are solid and unlacquered, they are suitable for all applications, both internally and externally. Over time all their brass products will acquire a darker aged patina if they are not maintained by polishing. This is a preferred option for many and a more natural living finish.

 


Bronze Finish

 

From The Anvil Polished Bronze Finish

From The Anvil Aged Bronze Finish

 

All of the aged bronze products from the From The Anvil range are manufactured from solid bronze which start life as a bright copper finish. From The Anvil darken the bronze finish by accelerating the ageing process to achieve a rich dark bronze colour and distinction that only bronze possesses.

 

From The Anvil’s solid bronze products require no maintenance and will naturally lighten during use and oxidisation. If a lighter finish is desired immediately, this process can be accelerated by polishing with a dry cloth. This will also make the appearance of the bronze shiny, if this is not desired then we recommend you leave your product to naturally wear. Bronze is a living finish and due to the high copper content, it contains natural anti-bacterial properties which avoids the need to clean the finish regularly.

 


Wooden Finishes

 

From The Anvil Ebony Wood Finish

From The Anvil Rosewood Finish

 

From The Anvil’s rosewood and ebony finishes are manufactured using high quality and hard-wearing timber. These finishes can be kept to these high standards by way of a simple maintenance routine using From The Anvil’s ‘maintenance wax’. We recommend regularly waxing your timber products to maintain the vibrancy of the wood and to provide overall protection.

These products have been designed for internal use but can be used externally if well maintained with our ‘maintenance wax’.

 


Nickel and Polished Chrome Finishes

 

From The Anvil Polished Chrome Finish

From The Anvil Polished Nickel Finish

 

From The Anvil’s polished chrome and polished nickel finishes are also unlacquered, they are manufactured from a base metal of solid brass. It is recommended that these are dry polished from time to time to reduce finger marks and any dirt that gathers on the surface.

 


 

Other Finishes

 

For all of the other finishes in the From The Anvil range which do not have a specific mention or listed care instructions, we always recommend the same maintenance routine, using ‘3-in-one oil’ on all moving parts when first purchased and periodically afterwards. This will keep the product working to it’s optimum.

 

To keep the finish in its original condition wipe with a slightly oiled cloth when first installed and at regular intervals during the products lifespan.

 


Warnings

 

It is not recommended that From The Anvil products are used in coastal areas due to the high levels of salt content in the surrounding air. This will rust or tarnish most finishes; only certain grades of stainless steel will not rust in these environments and therefore our products cannot be guaranteed for such use.

 

Please note that chemicals in wet plaster or paint may rust or tarnish these products. The moisture levels in a newly plastered room are very high, so please only fit your new ironmongery when you have made sure that all new plaster is fully cured and paint has dried.

 

Do not use any form of chemical cleaner, e.g. oxalic acid or aerosol sprays to clean products, as this can permanently damage and break down finishes. When painting, staining or plastering From The Anvil recommend that all ironmongery is removed before proceeding.

 

In sheltered areas such as a porch, some internal finishes can be used if desired but only if they are regularly maintained. It is still not recommended and should From The Anvil products be used in sheltered areas we would be unable to provide any guarantee against the use of internal finishes used externally.

 

All of the From The Anvil products have excellent anti-corrosive properties if maintained to specific requirements of each individual finish and will last for many years if given just a little regular care.

 


Screws

 

The fixings supplied with a number of the From The Anvil products are hand-made and therefore a little extra care needs to be taken when fitting. It is always recommended that a pilot hole is drilled (especially into hard woods) for all of our fixings. Ideally it is suggested that you rub the screw with candle wax before fitting to ease the application.

 

Please take the upmost care when fixing screws, as many of the From The Anvil products are supplied with traditionally slotted screws. We recommend that along with drilling a pilot hole, a well-fitting screwdriver should be used. Please avoid fixing by way of an impact driver or drill operated screwdriver, due to the hand-made nature of the fixings.

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