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Kitchen door handles are the finishing touch of a beautiful kitchen. The right cupboard handles can add a touch of sparkle and glamour to the room. With lots of sizes, shapes, and finishes to choose from, it is easy to find a handle that perfectly suits your aesthetic. However, you need to care for your handles to ensure they don’t lose their sparkle.

Polished Brass

Before cleaning brass cupboard handles, you need to check if they are brass plated or solid brass. This can make a difference to the cleaning products you can safely use. Brass plate needs a little more care and attention, but it is a good idea to use non abrasive cleaning materials, and use slow and gentle circular motions. This will provide a new shine. You can also restore the shine with a little beeswax on a soft cloth.

Antique Brass

Antique brass kitchen cupboard handles are designed to have their appearance enhanced as they age. This means that you may see a slight colour variation over the years. This is normal, and you should not try to “restore” the original finish. All that’s needed to care for antique brass handles is a non abrasive, soft cloth. You can use circular motions to buff as you go.

Polished Chrome

Chrome is a highly durable finish that requires very little maintenance. The only thing you may notice is finger marks and smudges, which can be easily removed with a light dusting using a soft cloth. Try to avoid polishing your chrome handles as this can actually encourage smudges.

Satin Nickel

Satin nickel handles not only look attractive, but they are easy maintenance. Since the handles are indoors, you just need to wipe using a soft cloth and gently buff to create a soft shine. This differs from outdoor satin nickel handle placement that will require the use of a small amount of wax polish that can be buffed to avoid smears.


Ceramic handles may appear high maintenance, but they are actually relatively easy to clean. In most cases, you’ll only need a damp cloth to clean any smudges or spills. However, if your handle has a stubborn mark or dried on spill, you may need to use a vinegar and water solution.

Black Antique

Iron is one of the most potentially vulnerable materials, and so black antique handles tend to have a layer of zinc plating for additional protection. You should wipe your handles with a soft cloth regularly. Occasionally, it is a good idea to oil the handles to protect the black antique finish.

Cupboard handles can not only pick up germs, but in the kitchen, they are vulnerable to splashes and staining. Fortunately, you can protect your kitchen cabinet handles with a little routine maintenance. This will keep your handles clean and looking great.

If you’re considering updating your kitchen and need new cupboard handles, you should speak to us. We offer a vast selection of kitchen cupboard handles, and you’ll find our team ready to answer any of your questions or queries.