Our Sirius range of door furniture is UK manufactured from premium grade 316 stainless steel for durability and aesthetic appeal. All raw materials are purchased from stockists who conform to BS EN ISO quality control standards.
All of our standard range of levers have been tested to the requirements of BS EN 1906. They are most commonly supplied in soft satin or mirror polished finishes and are ideally suited for prestige buildings having been specified in hospitals, schools, swimming pools, laboratories, hotels and airports throughout the world where heavy usage and the integrity of the material are critical factors. Certificates and test results are available upon request. Our solid levers achieve the highest grade 4 for category of use, durability and corrosion resistance.
Our levers have bronze washers which are far superior to more commonly used steel washers as they do not exhibit signs of wear over a period of time like steel on steel. Bronze bearing washers have, in fact, been known to outlast the machines they are used on. They also have oil within their composition and are thus self-lubricating.
Stainless steels have a natural resistance to corrosion. Due to the use of chromium as an alloying element, stainless steels form a resilient, self-repairing oxide layer which protects the metal beneath from corrosion. This layer is thin and transparent, enhancing the natural appearance of the metal. This also means that the material can be exposed to the elements without the need for other coatings being applied.
In addition to these aspects, stainless steel is a sustainable material in the environmental sense of the word; it is normally made with 60% recycled content (BSSA), which provides savings in the form of lower energy costs and reduced CO2 emissions within the manufacturing process. Stainless steel is still widely perceived as an expensive material. However, Life Cycle Cost calculations have shown that using a corrosion-resistant material to avoid future maintenance, downtime and replacement costs can produce economic benefits, which outweigh the higher initial costs. Further information on Life Cycle Costing can be obtained from the British Stainless Steel Association – Article: Life Cycle Costing (LCC).
SB Ironmongery Solutions Ltd guarantees that all material will be free from manufacturing defects; in the event of such material being found defective then this will be put right at SB Ironmongery Solutions Ltd’s expense. The guarantee will remain in force for a period of 25 years and does not cover normal wear and tear and will not exceed the scope of relevant British Standards. SB Ironmongery Solutions take care to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate and up to date. However SB Ironmongery Solutions accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage howsoever caused as a result of any information contained on this web site.
The high-quality of the stainless steel finishes produced in the Sirius range require little or no maintenance provided they have been fitted correctly. Like most surfaces they will become marked when handled, but can be easily cleaned with a little soapy water and a soft damp cloth. Under no circumstances use abrasive cleaners or solvents on stainless steel as they can damage the surface of the hardware. In aggressive climates such as pool environments all ironmongery items should be regularly wiped down to remove associated deposits. Allowing deposits to build up over time will lead to corrosion.
Brass & brass based plated finishes
Products fitted internally –
Regular cleaning with warm soapy water should be sufficient to keep any finish in its original condition for a long period. The occasional use of a good quality was polish is also recommended.
Products fitted externally –
Environmental conditions can have a dramatic effect on the stability of surface finishes. Industrial pollution, high humidity, sea air and acidic rain may well cause a finish to deteriorate prematurely. Regular cleaning with a good quality wax is recommended.
- Plated finishes will also benefit from the occasional use of a chrome cleaner followed by a wipe with a cloth impregnated with a light oil.
- RBMA & Rustic bronze will benefit from the occasional wipe with a cloth impregnated with a light oi.
Unlacquered brass and bronze
To retain the original finish, regular polishing with a good quality metal polish is essential. However, if the intention is to allow the surface to age through oxidisation then no attention needs to be given.