Distinguished for its lustrous, gold-like hue, strength and corrosion resistance, brass is used in jewelry, ornamental décor and architectural hardware applications. Like all metals, however, brass requires ongoing maintenance to protect its aesthetic appeal. Brass objects inevitably collect dust, grime and polish buildup, which mar their appearance. Cleaning and polishing brass objects removes tarnish to preserve their mirror-like finish and extend their lifespan. It's important to polish and preserve brass objects with the appropriate supplies.
Things You'll Need
- 1 tsp. commercial brass cleaner
- 2 bowls
- Clean toothbrush
- Rubber cleaning gloves
- 3 microfiber cloths
- 1/4-cup commercial brass polish
Prepare a brass-cleaning solution with 1 tsp. commercial brass cleaner and 1 qt. warm water. Thoroughly mix the brass cleaner and water in a bowl.
Dip a clean toothbrush in the brass cleaning solution. Scrub the soapy toothbrush over the brass object, including the engravings and crevices, to detach dust, grime and previous polish buildup. Wear rubber cleaning gloves while you clean the object to prevent transferring fingerprints onto the clean brass.
Rinse the brass under fresh flowing water. Flush off all brass cleaner and loosened tarnish.
Buff the brass with a microfiber cloth until dry.
Pour 1/4 cup of commercial brass polish into another bowl. Dab another microfiber cloth in the brass polish and rub it over the entire brass object. Let the brass polish completely dry on the object.
Buff the brass object with a third microfiber cloth to remove the dried brass polish.
Tips & Warnings
- Substitute undiluted boiled linseed oil for the commercial brass cleaner solution.
- Commercial brass cleaners can corrode antique brass; test the cleaner on antique brass.
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