Carefully treated, your Skultuna product will accompany you for generations to come.
Skultuna products are made of solid brass without surface treatment if nothing else is stated. Brass is a living material that oxidizes over time and needs care by its owner to keep the shine through the ages. The oxidize protects the metal and prolongs the lifespan, on the inside of vases and flower pots this is desirable and should not be removed. On the outside, it's a matter of taste whether you polish it or not. Brass will naturally darken over the years and fingerprints, grease, water etc may leave stains on the surface. If you wish to keep the high polished surface you will need to polish the brass regularly.
Candles - Do not leave candles unattended. It should be at least 7 cm between two lit candles. Do not let candles burn down into a candlestick but extinguish it before it reaches the candle holder.
Vases - Keep the outside dry, if it gets wet when filling with water or if water drips from the leafs, dry the surface immediatelly to avoid stains.
Polished brass - We recommend a gentle non-abrasive metal polish like Skultuna Metal polish. The polish paste is applied with a dry cloth, if heavily stained let it sit for a while, then polish the surface until clean and shiny again. We do not recommend a water-soluble polish for polished brass as the water may leave stains unless you dry it very carefully. It is better to use a small amount of polish and re apply during to get the best effect.
Gold plated brass – Wipe with a dry cloth. If needed polish with car wax, for example, Turtle wax.
Silver plated brass – Silver reacts naturally with sulphur in the surrounding air and will darken if not cleaned regullarly. A silver cloth can be used for daily cleaning to keep the surface light. If stained, use a gentle metal polish on a dry cloth, we recommend Skultuna Metal polish.
Brushed brass – Treat as polished brass, we recommend Skultuna Metal polish.
Blackened brass - Wiped with a damp cloth every once in a while. Heat the product gently if melted wax get stuck and then remove.
Etched brass – Polish like normal with a dry cloth, use a small amount of polish at a time. Etched brass might get the polish stuck in the holes, if this happends carefully remove by patting the surface with the cloth from both sides at the same time, we recommend Skultuna Metal polish.
Jewellery – For enamel, steel and gold plated items we recommend cleaning with water and soap, wipe completely dry with a soft cloth. For silver plated items use a special silver cleaning product. We recommend that you keep items away from contact with perfume, bath, pool and sea water. Leather parts - Leather is a natural material, do not clean with any household cleaning fluid. Please try to keep it dry at all times, let it dry naturally.
Brass should never be placed in a dishwasher, no matter the surface treatment.