How to Clean Brass Handles

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Brass handles can get tarnished, dingy and smudged over time. Although it is a gradual process, the dulling of your brass handles can make a significant difference in the overall look of your home. There are numerous homemade methods for polishing brass as well as proper procedures for using popular commercial products. By following the correct steps for each method, you can ensure that your brass handles shine without causing damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Ketchup
  • Cloth
  • Brasso

Use Ketchup

  • Remove the brass handles from the cabinet or door.

  • Place the brass handles in a saucepan full of ketchup.

  • Bring the ketchup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the knobs appear shiny.

  • Rinse and dry the knobs before reattaching them.

Use Vinegar and Salt

Use a Commercial Product

  • Apply Brasso or another commercial metal polish to a soft, absorbent rag. Use just enough to slightly moisten the entire rag.

  • Let the rag sit for 24 hours in a well-ventilated area.

  • Polish the handles with the rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you cannot remove the handle, place masking tape on the wood around the handle. Oftentimes, you can clean brass handles without using any products. Simply rub the handle vigorously with a clean rag to shine it.
  • Avoid using too much polish. This will leave a thick, oily film on the handle and make it susceptible to smudges.

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