Aranmula Kannadi, also known as the Aranmula metal mirror, is a unique handicraft from the village of Aranmula in Kerala, India. This mirror is made of a special alloy of copper and tin, which gives it a distinct, reflective quality. Aranmula Kannadi is a cultural icon and is highly valued for its traditional and aesthetic significance. Here are some tips on how to maintain Aranmula Kannadi to keep it looking its best.
Handle with Care Aranmula Kannadi is delicate and should be handled with care. Always hold the mirror by its frame, rather than touching the surface of the mirror itself. This will prevent fingerprints and smudges from appearing on the mirror’s surface.
Clean with Soft Cloth To clean the mirror, use a soft, dry cloth or a microfiber cloth. Never use water or any liquid cleaners on the mirror, as this can damage the reflective surface. Gently wipe the surface of the mirror in a circular motion to remove any dust or fingerprints.
Avoid Direct Sunlight Direct sunlight can damage the reflective surface of the Aranmula Kannadi. Always store the mirror in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will also help prevent the frame from becoming discolored or warped.
Display with Care If you choose to display the Aranmula Kannadi, be sure to do so in a safe location. The mirror should be placed on a stable surface and away from any potential hazards. It is also a good idea to keep the mirror covered with a soft cloth or stored in a protective case when not in use.
Handle the Frame with Care The frame of the Aranmula Kannadi is also delicate and should be handled with care. Avoid applying any pressure or force to the frame, as this can cause it to warp or bend. If the frame becomes discolored, gently wipe it with a soft, dry cloth.
Aranmula Kannadi is a unique and valuable handicraft that requires special care to maintain its beauty and quality. With these tips, you can help keep your Aranmula Kannadi looking its best for years to come.
We recommend the aranmula owners to properly clean and maintain your aranmula mirrors for the long life and brightness of your mirror. if you properly care, each aranmula mirror will last for centuries. we have a mirror with more than 240 years old with us. Aranmula mirrors will last for at-least 500 years or more without any problem. So we call aranmula mirrors as a precious gift for generations.
To maintain aranmula mirrors, we have to clean it properly in a regular interval. in some places it may be 3 months or in some other places we have to do in every month or so, it depends on the humidity, the chemical substance, presence of salt water ( beach side etc). but you can clearly see when you need to clean your aranmula mirror. as you know aranmula mirror is made up of brass and similar metal, an oxide layer along with the dust and other substances in your surroundings will be formed upon, and that results the reduction in its reflection both in frame as well as in mirror.
we recommend brass cleaning liquids to polish and maintain aranmula mirrors, in India, we usually recommend DARA ( there are many other name for this brand) and Brasso. Likewise in every country you can buy the best brass cleaning liquids to clean and polish your aranmula mirrors.
DARA is the most preferred liquid cleaner for brass / bell metals, and this is the one which we recommend for cleaning aranmula metal mirrors.
As you know, Aranmula kannadi is made up with pure brass. so exposing it in to the atmosphere for sometime will make an oxide layer on top of the metal surface and it will loose its shiny surface after a few months. so cleaning aranmula kannadi regularly is the best way to keep them looks like fresh and shiny.
How to polish aranmula kannadi frame?
You can use any metal polish ( specially made for brass) for cleaning the aranmula kannadi surface. in Indian market two famous products are there named – Dhara and brasso. we recommend dhara since it gives more result.
you can apply a thin layer of metal polish and then polish with mild cotton clothes. as you polish more, it will be more shiny.
Can I apply the metal polish in mirror part?Â
yes, you can use the polish in the mirror part also. BUT IN A VERY MILD QUANTITY. also while polishing make sure that you are using very soft cotton material and make sure that there are no stones or hard materials between the mirror and the cloth. if anything like that will result scratches on the mirror surface.
Can i use the cleaning kit comes with part of mirror packet?Â
yes, you can use. the default cleaning kit contains red oxide powder, and which is less efficient than the metal polish we discussed above. in earlier days the metal polish was not available in the market and thats why we used to pack the cleaning kit with mirror. so now mirrors comes without the cleaning kit as well.
How to clean your aranmula kannadi? – How frequently you need to clean it? here are some tips…
The mirror should be cleaned once in a month, firstly remove the dust on its surface with smooth cloth, Otherwise dust particles or the fungus deposited on the surface of the mirror will result in oxidation and cause damage to the mirror. Sometimes a yellowish colouring is seen on the frame, which can be cleaned off by rubbing with Brasso. .
Cleaning the brass frame:
The Frame of aranmula kannadi is made up of brass. so when we expose it in to atmosphere for a long time, dust or other dirt may get on the mirror frame. for cleaning the mirror frame, Take a piece of smooth cotton cloth, fold it twice and put drops of brasso ( Brasso is a liquid solution which can get in most of the metal/paint shops) on the cloth and rub it with the other part of the cloth. If any change is seen on the frame by rubbing with brasso,then clean it with a piece of smooth cotton cloth.
Cleaning the mirror part:
Â Alert: NEVER use any oil or corrosive cleaning agents in the mirror part.
If some one by mistake touches the mirror, their finger prints can be seen on mirror surface. this can be cleaned off, only if you rub it with cotton /velvet cloth smoothly on the surface of the mirror within 5 minutes in vertical direction and if it is not properly cleaned, then sprinkle a bit Brass cleaner available in the market like “Dhara Cleaner ” on velvet cloth or mirror cleaning cloth ,Fold the Cloth to 3 layers, Cleaning Drops should be upper layer and Clean with Bottom layer on aranmul kannadi and hold it in a slanting position allowing the dust and other particles rubbed off from the reflective surface-font.
Here we illustrate how to rub the mirror part – for cleaning the aranmula kannadi.
It is always better to keep aranmula kannadi in a place with air circulation, and exposed to the atmosphere – means aranmula kannadi should not keep in any box or a closed contained for a long time. also avoid placing the kannadi nearby the wet / humid / places with extreme temperature etc…Â