How to clean Brass:
Brass is the most famous material for all the accessories and household furniture. Though as time passes by, brass may tarnish and may lose its warm gleam but don’t worry we have some awesome tips for you to make the brass shine and regain its brightness again by reading this simple guide on how to clean brass
Before cleaning, you need to determine if the item you want to clean is brass or not. Though it may look like solid brass, it may be disguised as a brass plated zinc, cast iron or steel. You can identify real brass by using this simple trick. Place a small magnet on the metal and if the magnet sticks to the metal, then it is brass plated and not brass as magnets will not stick to solid brass. You can clean brass plated items with hot soapy water, but don’t rub or polish them too aggressively as this can cause brass plating to be removed. So go ahead with caution.
How to clean brass:
There are many ways to clean brass. Cleaning brass also depends on the level of dirt, dust and tarnish that was built on it. Here are some simple tips:
Start with hot soapy water and a microfiber cleaning cloth: Clean carefully by covering all of the surfaces thoroughly with the microfiber cleaning cloth, by using a neat toothbrush so that it can easily get into crevices. After you finished cleaning, rinse with warm water and dry the metal thoroughly.
If the brass is really tarnished or dirty, you can use commercial cleaners sparingly because if you use them in excess, they may cause scratches on the surface of brass.
Natural ways to clean brass:
If you want to clean your brass naturally, all you need is a ketchup. The first natural cleaner is brass. The mild acid which is present in the ketchup from tomatoes helps to remove tarnish and dirt from brass. Rub the ketchup onto brass with a soft cloth. After thoroughly cleaning the brass with ketchup, rinse with warm water and let it dry. If you find this task daunting, you can soak the small brass items in a bowl of tomato juice and let them sit for an hour or so. After an hour, pull them out and rinse with warm water thoroughly.You can use tomato sauce or tomato paste too for tougher cleaning jobs.
Another natural way to clean brass:
If you are not satisfied with the ketchup thing, here is another natural way to clean brass. Lemon juice contains mild acid that can clean brass. There are two ways to use this natural cleanser which leaves the brass bright and shiny.
Firstly, if the brass is lightly tarnished, cut a lemon into half and sprinkle it with table salt. Now rub the salted lemon over the brass surface. Once you finished rubbing the brass with lemon juice and salt mixture, wipe with a soft cloth and buff till the brass shines.
For heavy tarnished item, you need to make a paste using two parts cream of tartar to one part lemon juice. Now let the paste sit on brass for half an hour and then rise it thoroughly with warm water.
If you don’t want your newly purchased brass from tarnishing, rub it with a thin coat of linseed oil or mineral. Also, please stop touching the brass items when not needed. Excess touching of brass items will cause them to tarnish due to oils present on the Hand.
Third option is to make a paste with equal parts of white vinegar, flour and salt. Now apply the paste to the brass and let it sit for an hour. Next rinse with warm water and buff dry.
If you are not satisfied with the natural ways to clean brass you can purchase commercially available metal cleaners and polishes which can be effective to clean brass. These cleaners are available at small grocery stores and in big super markets. Some of the leading brands include Brass, Cameo, Blitz, Bar Keepers Friend etc.
Some of the Common pitfalls include:
Most of the brass items are protected with a lacquer finish. Hence these items should be cleaned only with warm soapy water. If this sort of brass is heavily tarnished, then you need to use a varnish remover or a paint to remove the lacquer.Use any of the above mentioned methods to clean and polish the brass followed by relacquering the piece.
Try to avoid using metal bristled bushes, highly abrasive scrubbing cloths or steel wool to clean the brass as they may scratch the surface of the brass.
Thin coating of mineral oil or linseed oil can be applied to clean the brass to prevent them from being tarnished.
Last but not the least tip is to regularly polish and clean the brass with a microfiber cloth to prevent dirt and dust from accumulating. This helps to keep the brass last longer with a lustrous and lovely accent.