How to Refinish Brass Knobs


Your brass door knob gets handled by sticky, germy hands all day long. It is no wonder that your door knob is looking old and tarnished. Brass is not something that many people think about on a day-to-day basis. But imagine how great your door will look when the door knob is shiny and clean. You can have yours shining in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Small bucket
  • Rags
  • Brass polish
  • Mix a solution of a salt and vinegar. Pour ½ cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt into a small container. Mix the solution thoroughly. At this ratio of salt to vinegar you will still see some salt crystals that have not dissolved in the solution.

  • Dip a clean rag into the vinegar and salt solution. Rub it onto the brass knob in a circular motion. The salt crystals will scrub the door knob, removing most of the residue from the surface.

  • Rinse the door knob with clean water. Wet a clean rag under running water. Wipe the vinegar and salt from the doorknob until no traces remain.

  • Dampen a clean rag with brass polish. Brasso or Autosol are both good choices. Rub the knob with the polishing cream until all tarnish has been removed.

  • Buff the knob with a clean cloth. Move your cloth rapidly over the brass surface to bring out the shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • A brass door knob usually means there are other brass items on the door as well. A brass knocker or kick plate will also be much more attractive once it is brought back to its original beauty. Use the same techniques outlined here to clean the other brass items on your door.

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