How to Make Brass Shiny


Well polished brass creates a sophisticated background for the rest of the decor in your home. Tarnished brass makes the area look run-down and poorly kept. Polishing your brass, to keep it shiny, is a simple process with long-lasting effects on the ambiance of your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Magnet
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • A small bowl
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Toothbrush
  • Olive Oil
  • Verify that the metal you want to shine is actually brass. Apply a magnet to the item and watch the reaction. If the magnet adheres to the item, it is not brass, but rather steel or iron coated with brass. If there is metal under the brass, then the tarnish you intend to polish is actually rust. Different methods are required to remove rust and the piece will likely need to be repainted once the rust is removed.

  • Apply a natural polisher to the brass. Mix the juice from a lemon with enough salt to form a paste. Apply this paste with a soft cloth or a toothbrush in crevices. Work it in gently, going with the grain of the brass.

  • Rinse the cleanser off with water and dry the piece with a cloth. Use a dry cloth to buff the brass until it shines.

  • Apply a light layer of olive oil with a cloth to add a protective coating to your item.

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