How to Clean a Brass Fireplace Screen

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Table salt

  • Spray bottle

  • Three clean cotton cloths

  • Drop cloth

Soot and debris can swiftly accumulate on brass fireplace screens. Because of the mineral components of brass, proper cleaning techniques are essential in maintaining the integrity of the screen. The process of cleaning a brass fireplace screen is specific but does not need to be difficult. A few easily obtainable items and a bit of elbow grease will go a long way in the effort to achieve a bright and shiny appearance.


Step 1

Place a drop cloth under the brass fireplace screen to catch debris and dirty drips as you clean.

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Step 2

Fill a spray bottle two-thirds full of warm water.

Step 3

Add 3 tbps. of white vinegar to the spray bottle.

Step 4

Add 1 tbsp. of table salt to the spray bottle.

Step 5

Replace the lid and thoroughly shake the spray bottle.

Step 6

Spray the solution onto the brass portion of the fireplace screen. Allow to set for 10 minutes.


Step 7

Use a soft bristled brush to scrub the solution over the brass.

Step 8

Wipe away the solution with a clean, damp cloth.

Step 9

Wipe the brass portion of the screen, again, with a separate clean damp cloth, to remove any residue from the solution.

Step 10

Dry the entire fireplace screen, completely, with a clean cotton cloth.


Ketchup can also be used to clean brass, but it is expensive and messy.


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