How To: Clean Brass

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How to Clean Brass - Bob Vila

Search Expert Articles Search for: Annette Cheppudira says: Once I had all of the brass hardware on a flat surface, I switched to Bar Keepers Friend and started scrubbing. Click here for my full disclosure policy.

I am getting mixed opinions about the brass living finish. Heavy tarnish may require a metal polish to brighten.

How to Remove Old Paint and Clean Brass Hardware

Elizabeth says: Method 1. Some say it looks dirty. The antiques we were restoring really were solid brass, and we spent a lot of time stripping off grime and paint—and often the finish they were originally sold with — until they gleamed with brassiness.

DIY Tutorial: To slow and even out tarnishing, you can apply paste wax before installation. Unlacquered Brass fixtures can be cleaned with mild soap and a soft cloth.

It is pretty useful for me! To determine if your brass-plated hinges are lacquered, conduct a visual inspection.

Email address: Keep your cabinets and its hardware looking new by adding it to a regular weekly or monthly cleaning routine. Apply oil after cleaning your brass hinges. Simmer the hinges in milk. Your brass aged so well.

How to Refurbish Hardware

Many of the links on this blog are affiliate links. Remove badly tarnished hardware and place it in undiluted ammonia for about an hour. By Katie Bandurski March 27, Oxygen, water, and other elements can cause the metal to corrode or tarnish.