The Best Way to Polish Brass


Brass is an attractive metal alloy that accessorizes many areas of the home. Many door handles, faucet handles, lamps, light fixtures and other elements are made of brass, and require cleaning regularly just like other surfaces in the home. The brass requires little work when it comes to cleaning, aside from a few minutes of your time and several inexpensive cleaning ingredients. When polished properly, brass will retain its appearance for years without diminishing in quality.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Bowl or cup
  • 2 Dust rags
  • Water
  • Mix 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in a bowl or cup.

  • Pour in a spoonful of flour and stir with a spoon to make a paste. Keep adding flour until you have a thick, creamy paste.

  • Scoop up a dollop of the homemade paste with a dust cloth, and wipe the paste over the brass surface. Cover the whole surface with a thin layer of paste.

  • Allow the paste to work for 10 minutes, at which time it will begin to dry.

  • Rinse out the dust cloth with fresh warm water, wring the cloth out, and wipe over the brass. Repeat until all of the paste is removed from the brass.

  • Wipe the brass surface dry with a clean dust cloth to pull out the natural brass shine.

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