Care and Maintenance

Thank you for selecting a SHERLE WAGNER INTERNATIONAL product. Like fine jewelry, care must be exercised when cleaning the product in order to maintain the distinctive SHERLE WAGNER INTERNATIONAL finish. Never use an abrasive cleaner on any of the products. Do not use any cleaning agents that contain solvents, acids or ammonia.

In most instances wiping with a soft damp cloth and drying with a soft towel is all that is needed. Periodic cleaning with a mild soft soap, thoroughly rinsing the surface and drying will keep the product looking new.

To remove a built up deposit (such as soap or toothpaste) from within the intricate carvings and details of castings use a soft toothbrush and water. Gently brush the affected area, rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel. Repeat above steps until the deposit is removed.

To facilitate cleaning and maintaining the lustrous finish, apply a fine spray wax such as Pledge or Old English directly onto the fittings, leave it to soak into crevices until it stops foaming and wipe off excess wax. Buff the surface with a soft towel.

In addition to the above general cleaning and maintenance instructions following are instructions for specific products and finishes.

PATINATED FINISHES

Antique Gold AG, Burnished Platinum BP, Oil Rubbed Brass OB, Verdi Antique VA, Flemish Patina FP and English Patina EP.

A patina is the thin layer that forms on the surface of a metal after it is exposed to the air or buried in the ground. Patinas are created when various compounds in the environment react with the air to form acids, which in turn react with the metal. Different environments create patinas of different colors on a metal.

The above finishes were created by accelerating the process that occurs in nature. The patina will change in time as it is exposed to the atmosphere. To maintain these finishes follow the above directions for cleaning with an emphasis on the application of a wax to the surface. Wax serves as an excellent protection for brass surfaces, sealing them off from the atmosphere and elements. Also a well-buffed wax coating imparts a soft pleasant luster to the finish that can accentuate both the brass itself and the patina.

Note: The use of polishing agents will remove the patina and restore the brass to its original shine. Also prolonged contact with acid based agents will alter the finish. Once the patina is removed or altered, it will naturally redevelop over time.

SILVER FINISHES

English Silver ES and Butler Silver BS.

The SHERLE WAGNER INTERNATIONAL silver finishes are plated with a 99% pure silver plate. The silver plate is the heaviest in the industry and with proper care should last a lifetime. Both silver finishes will tarnish over time. The finish may be restored to its original luster by using a fine non-abrasive silver polish or cream. The application of a metal protector with an anti-tarnish agent will prolong the time between regular polishing.

NICKEL FINISHES

Brushed Nickel BN and Polished Nickel PN.

The use of abrasive metal polishes on the Brushed Nickel will alter and or remove the finish. Use only non-abrasive basin tub and tile cleaners. The application of a metal protector (see Silver) will protect the finish from and facilitate in removal of mineral deposits present in your water supply.

In addition to the above cleaning and maintenance instructions for Brushed Nickel, you may use a non-abrasive metal polish on the Polished Nickel surfaces. Application of a metal protector is recommended.

CHROME FINISHES

Brushed Chrome BC and Polished Chrome PC.

Chrome is the most durable finish available in the plumbing industry. Never the less it requires care in cleaning to prolong the finish. Follow the same procedures used to clean and maintain the nickel finishes.

COATED FINISHES

Gold Plate GP, Antique Pewter AP and Satin Brass SB.

In most instances wiping with a soft damp cloth and drying with a soft towel is all that is needed. Periodic cleaning with a mild soft soap, thoroughly rinsing the surface and drying will keep the product looking new.

To remove a built up deposit (such as soap or toothpaste) from within the intricate carvings and details of castings use a soft toothbrush and water. Gently brush the affected area, rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel. Repeat above steps until the deposit is removed.

To facilitate cleaning and maintaining the lustrous finish, apply a fine spray wax such as Pledge or Old English directly onto the fittings, leave it to soak into crevices until it stops foaming and wipe off excess wax. Buff the surface with a soft towel.

VITREOUS CHINA (non decorated)

Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth product to dry after each use. Non abrasive cleaners such as Comet Liquid Bathroom Cleaner may be used. Abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the glazing.

DECORATED CHINA - Gold, Platinum and Hand Painted

SHERLE WAGNER INTERNATIONAL Gold, Platinum and Hand Painted bowls, pedestal sinks and accessories should be treated the same as your fine hand painted dinnerware. A mild soap and water is all you should use to clean them. Avoid spilling dyes and toiletries that contain strong chemical components onto decorated surfaces.

Do not use bristle brushes or abrasive pads, these will scratch the decorated surfaces. Never use abrasive cleaners. Do not use any solvent, ammonia or acid based cleaners. Do not let any cleaners sit or soak on surface for an extended period of time.

Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth product to dry after each use. In areas with particularly hard water, periodic cleaning with Bellinzoni Multi Clean or Foam Polish will aid in removing and eliminating water spots. Apply to the surface with a soft clean cloth and rub gently.

MARBLE, ONYX AND SEMIPRECIOUS STONE

SHERLE WAGNER INTERNATIONAL stone products are supplied pre-sealed; however, it is recommended that you test the seal at least once a year. Simply apply a few drops of water to the surface. If the water beads, your countertop or sink is maintaining its seal. If the water soaks into the surface, resealing should be considered.

Avoid spilling dyes and toiletries that contain strong chemical components onto the stone surfaces. Clean spills immediately. Use only a mild detergent and warm water to clean. Consider products that seal and restore marble and stone surfaces.

Be careful when selecting cleaning agents. Never use a cleaning agent that contains an abrasive. Marble should be cleaned with neutral or slightly alkaline agents. Acidic products will etch and burn the marble and will be absorbed by the stone destroying the polish. Repeated applications of acidic cleaners will eventually erode and destroy the marble itself.

Carefully investigate the product when a sealer must be used. Many products on the market can change the look of the marble or cause it to erode over the course of several years. The Bellinzoni Company (888-307-4628) has a wide selection of products for various applications.

MIRRORS AND MIRRORED CABINETRY

Do not use bristle brushes or abrasive pads, these will scratch the decorated surfaces. Never use abrasive cleaners. Do not use any solvent, ammonia or acid based cleaners. Do not let any cleaners sit or soak on surface for an extended period of time.

WATER CLOSETS AND BIDETS

Soft abrasive cleaners may be used when necessary to clean non-decorated vitreous china products. Strong abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the surface. Use toilet bowl cleaners on the inside of the bowl only.

Do not use in-tank toilet cleaners as they can damage the flush valve or other working parts. Wipe any splashes of cleaner solution from hand painted, plated and enameled surfaces immediately.

Over time, hard water deposits may clog toilet rim holes and trap ways. To clean, purchase a commercial cleaner that’s recommended for the removal of hard water deposits. Follow the instructions on the package.

TOILET SEATS

Avoid abrasive cleaners, detergents, disinfectants or cleaning agents in aerosol cans. Do not allow abrasive chemicals and cosmetics to come in contact with the toilet seat, as they can damage the finish.

Painted wood seats require special care and cleaning. Use only mild detergent (such as dish washing soap) with a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse clean, dry with a soft towel and let seat air dry to ensure the hinge area dries completely.

WOOD FURNITURE

Do not expose wood furniture to direct sunlight, drying heat sources or dampness. Protect wood surfaces by using felt, leather or cork under accessories. Never slide objects across wood surfaces. Dust frequently with a soft cloth in the direction of the grain. Use only products specifically made for cleaning wood. Avoid using oily polishes or waxes, or products containing silicone. Blot spills immediately with a soft damp cloth.

Every six months, remove buildup by rubbing with a soft cloth dampened with a 50/50 solution of warm water and an ammonia-free detergent. Wipe clean with a soft cloth dampened in warm water and dry immediately. Apply a coat of fine furniture wax and buff with the grain.


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