Beginner Skill Level Tips and Tricks

How to Clean Furniture Hardware

Hardware cleaning is simple and as you can see with these handles completely necessary. Kitchen hardware especially can get super nasty, this is the easiest way I know to clean hardware.

Hardware can get anything from food, hand grease, paint splatter and much more on it. Hardware also has a protective coating on it that this with the scrubbing can also take off.

Steps to clean hardware

  1. Soak hardware in a bucket filled 1/4 the way with laundry detergent and the rest water.
  2. Let soak over night or at least for a few hours.
  3. Scrub with scotch pad.
  4. Let dry
  5. If need to you can polish you can use Never Dull

My dad showed me this about 10 years ago he said the old laundry detergent worked better he usually used Tide but I have had fine success with Arm and Hammer.

This formula really breaks down the dirt. You don’t need to scrub hard it really just rubs off easily. However some stuff can be a little more stubborn which is when I break out the steel wool.

If your hardware is starting to have some pilling and corrosion the steel wool will help with that too.


You can choose to clear coat your hardware with clear lacquer.

Another option if you are wanting to paint the hardware scuff really well with steel wood. Then use spray paint spray the handles and let dry. Clear coat handles after dry. Please note that this is not durable if you are planning on doing this for heavily used hardware. Handles that won’t be used much this option should work fine.

Thanks for reading this weeks blog, I have been off for awhile and glad to be back writing! If you have any questions you want answered please send me an

Tara Lou Badger

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Tara Lou

Mama, wife, furniture connoisseur, small business owner, nature-lover, homebody, hunter.

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