How To Polish Brass

Brass is simple to polish and once completed brings out the luster of the metal.

Check to ensure object you wish to polish, clean or buff is indeed real brass. Checking for brass is relatively easy. Typically, the object is “brass color” only dirty. Take the dirty object that you suspect is brass and press a magnet against it. If the magnet is attracted to the metal object, it could be brass plate applied to iron or steel. If it is brass plate over another metal, you need to clean it differently. (If you are ever in the market for a new or used brass bed, always bring a magnet along to check if it is brass.)

Clean the object with a brass metal polish like Brasso or Writes Brass Polish. How do you use Brasso or other cleaners? Shake up the liquid, apply it to the brass, rub it in. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rub it all off before it dries. After you rub off all of the Brasso, let it sit for a few minutes. Often a fine film will appear over the Brasso, rub that to a shine. If the brass is not as clean as you want it to be, repeat the process.

If you want to clean the brass with products you already have around the home, cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juuice into a bowl that you don’t mind using as a cleaning bowl. One-half cup of reconstituted lemon juice will work as well. Add about a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix. Add more baking soda if you want to create a stiffer mix. Apply to the brass with a soft cloth and rub. When you think that the tarnish has been removed from the brass, wipe off the mixture and rinse with clean water. If the brass is not as clean and shiny as you had hoped, repeat the cleaning. Just make sure that you wipe off all of the paste when you are finished. Once the brass is rinsed and dry, buff it with a soft cloth.

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