A Comprehensive Guide to Cleaning Furniture Hardware: My Tried and Tested Method

Cleaning furniture hardware may seem like a trivial task, but it's a crucial step in ensuring your furniture restoration project turns out beautifully. Over the years, I've experimented with various methods, and through trial and error, I've found a technique that never fails to deliver outstanding results. I have to admit, I almost never use the fusion products that I sell for painting hardware. Why you ask? I mean Fusion products work Great for painting hardware, it adheres wonderfully to metal and dries rock hard but I'm just too LAZY and I Like a quick fix! That is the honest TRUTH!

 In this guide, I'll walk you through my step-by-step process, including my favorite cleaning product and the painting method I swear by.

**1. Gather Your Supplies:**   Before diving into the cleaning process, gather all the necessary supplies: -

 Barkeeper's Friend (my holy grail cleaning product) 

 Container for soaking - 

Toothbrush -

 Soft cloth -

 Spray paint in your desired color -

 Cardboard box with punched holes  

 **2. Remove Hardware:**   Start by carefully removing the hardware from your furniture piece. Separate the screws from the knobs or handles to ensure thorough cleaning.  

 **3. Clean with Barkeeper's Friend:**   Fill a container with water and soak the knobs or handles. Apply a small amount of Barkeeper's Friend onto a toothbrush and begin scrubbing the hardware, focusing on areas with stubborn buildup. After scrubbing, return the hardware to the soaking container. 

   **4. Rinse and Dry:**   Once all the hardware pieces are cleaned, rinse them thoroughly under running water. Wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove excess water, paying attention to avoid water buildup in screw holes.