Door knobs and levers are chosen for specific applications and for functionality. With the options available on the market today, decor, safety and functionality can all be combined in the perfect choice.
If you haven’t heard of pocket door hardware, this may interest you. This hardware allows the door to slide into the wall rather than open front to back. This is ideal for smaller rooms or hallways that would be cramped by a swinging door. When installed properly these doors are very unobtrusive and appear to simply be part of the wall when closed.
A single dummy door lever can be used on any door that simply pulls open and pushes shut from one side of the door. It has no movable parts and is attached to the outside of the door. A full dummy door lever also has no movable parts, but is installed on both sides of the door, allowing the door to be opened and closed no matter what side of the door you find yourself on. Use a full dummy lever on a door that has a predrilled hole for a door knob. A double dummy door lever would serve the same function as the full dummy, but is attached to the door that has no predrilled door knob hole.
Dummy levers are used when no latch is needed to keep them secure. They are simply a decorative handle with no moving parts and no locking features.
A passage door knob or lever is used when an entry must stay securely closed but does not need to be locked. This type of fixture has moveable parts that allows walk in closets, children’s rooms and other doorways that do not need a lock to be opened and closed.
If you are using vintage door hardware made of brass for achieving the antique look, you should know that they need to be cleaned periodically. When you buy it for the first time, these types of door hardware are normally tarnished which needs to be cleaned till the required results are obtained. First of all, place a masking tape over the door hinges side on the outside, the door has to be closed while doing this. Now, after opening the door, you need to tape the hinges around on the other side. This way, the door and the frame can be protected from brass polish. Hinges have to be removed entirely and the door has to be rehanged once the task is completed and the hardware is cleaned.
The rest of the door hardware has to be removed, especially the knobs. Most of the door knobs will have two screws which have to be removed. Remember to put on rubber gloves before starting the process to protect your hands from cleaning agents and chemicals. The level of tarnish collection on the hardware should be analyzed before starting the procedure. If it has not been cleaned for several years, there is a need to soak it in concentrated ammonia for about sixty minutes. For lesser tarnishing, this is not required.
If you are convinced about the less severe tarnishing, you need to apply the polish using a soft material; cloth would be the most perfect option. Rub the vintage door hardware with the polish. Hard rubbing is highly recommended. If you are worried about rubbing hard on this antique hardware, you should know that hard rubbing would help in the removal of more grime, grit and tarnish from the antique piece, thereby helping in the restoration of its original look. Sometimes, you need to spend hours before the door hardware regains its lost style. Several pieces of clothes will also be required.
If you are satisfied about your cleaning, you need to spray it so that a lacquer finish is given to the hardware. But, this is not compulsory while cleaning the hardware and is up to the person to decide whether this should be done or not. You should also know that this polish will come out after a certain period of time. When this happens, you need to clean the hardware again. However, with such a polishing on the traditional door hardware, the cleaning can be made less frequent. After cleaning the vintage door hardware completely, you need to return to the brass hardware and other doorknobs followed by the removal of the tape from the hinges edges. An example of a manufacturer of this product is Omnia. The vintage door hardware is good for cabinet, screen and pocket in any room, but people like to keep them on the front doors since they are impressed by how attractive they appear.