|The brass and nickel handle components are coated with a clear polyurethane finish, which protects the metal from tarnishing. In order to clean the handle, this coating will have to be removed.
Remove the handle set from the storm door. It is important that you do this prior to removing the polyurethane finish to avoid accidentally removing the paint from your storm door.
Remove the coating by cleaning with mineral spirits, paint thinner, lacquer thinner, varnish remover, or another stripping agent, and fine steel wool (such as #000, or “triple-ought”). Please note that you will want to use fine steel wool such as is used to strip furniture. Do not use a coarse steel wool such as you would use for scrubbing pots and pans.
Wash the components in a mild solution of
soap and water, and allow it to dry thoroughly, then wipe it with a soft cloth to remove any residue.
Use a high-quality polish according to the manufacturer’s directions on that product.
Clear polyurethane finish may be reapplied to the clean surface to protect the finish. A spray finish is recommended to ensure an even coat. Several light coats are superior to one heavy coat. If you choose to not refinish the handles et, it will tarnish again and you will need to clean it on a regular basis. If the handle set is left unfinished, cleaning may be done in the future without removing it from the storm door.
Reinstall the handle set.
Keep all products containing chlorine or ammonia, such as bleach or many glass cleaners, away from components.