Brass Cleaning Guide | DIY Home Care

Your brass hardware start to lose their shines? Well, it’s finally the time to clean them up to bring back their beauty.

Check out our quick brass cleaning guide below that you can follow easily.

Brass Cleaning Guide

Brass Cleaning Guide
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Prepare these supplies:

  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Clean cloths
  • Scrub brush
  • Small bowl
  • Gloves

Follow the steps below:

Before we start, keep in mind that the cleaning steps below are only suitable for real brass. If what you have is the brass-coated items, it’s not really applicable. You can use a magnet to check this, and if the items stick, they are not the real brass.

Another thing is that you have to be really careful if you are dealing with antique brass. It’s because the household abrasives may polish off the patina. It would be best to call a pro to get the job done.

Continue to the next step if you are sure enough that you have a real brass that is not really that antique.

Mix the supplies

Mix a half cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt in a small bowl. Add some flour so you can get a paste consistency.

Test the cleaner

You have to test the cleaning mixture that you made in a hidden spot. Rub the paste on the surface and let it sit for around 15 minutes, rinse, then dry up completely. If nothing happens, you can continue to the next steps.

Apply the cleaner

Wear your gloves and apply the paste with a scrub brush. Don’t use too much paste to avoid further damage. Once you’ve done applying the cleaning mixture thoroughly, let it sit for around 15 minutes.

After the time is up, rinse the paste with warm water completely. Buff your brass in a circular motion with a clean cloth until it’s dry.

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When you should clean your brush?

There’s no general rule to clean your brass, you can decide to go with it when you see your brass start to get tarnished and grimy. The more the brass gets exposed, the more this problem can happen.

How to keep your brass clean longer?

Though the steps above are easy-peasy, it’s always a much better idea to keep the brass clean longer. Check out some tips below:

  • Always clean your brass bowls and pans after each use. The dirt that you leave can lead to further damage and tarnish.
  • As much as you can, try not to touch your brass doorknob or handle too often. The fingerprints that stick on them can cause grease build-up.
  • Coat your brass with a layer of mineral oil after you clean them.
  • Deep cleaning shouldn’t be applied too often to your brass since it can make them tarnish quickly.
  • Putting your brass in the dishwasher is not a bad idea at all.

So, it’s time to get your brass look shiny again to beautify the decor of your house!

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