A prized metal, brass is commonly used as a decorative element in homes, boats and landscaping. Although it is a sturdy metal that can withstand the elements without decay, it can also dull over time. Humidity and chemical elements in the air will cause the brass to develop a green or dark cast. Fortunately, restoring brass elements to their former brilliance is a simple process when the right products are used.
Things You'll Need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baking soda
- Lemon Juice
Apply alcohol to a clean, white cloth and rub the affected area to remove stains and other buildup. The alcohol will remove the buildup on brass without causing any damage to the metal.
If the alcohol doesn't completely remove the stain, make a paste of baking soda and hot water and rub into the brass with a cloth. The natural abrasive properties of the baking soda should remove most stains.
Applying a solution of lemon juice, salt and water is an effective solution for removing particularly stubborn stains. Dissolve 1 tsp. salt into a solution of 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 1/2 cup of water. Rub the solution onto the brass with a brush and allow to sit for at least five minutes. The acid in the solution will break down the stains on the brass.
Wash the brass with a mixture of water and mild detergent to remove any cleaning agent used. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Polish, if desired, using a cream made for brass metal.
Tips & Warnings
- Cleaning brass on a regular basis will prevent buildup and staining from occurring.
- Never handle cleaning products without wearing gloves; the chemicals can cause rashes and other irritation to the skin.
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