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How To Clean Heavily Corroded Brass Items

Do you remember how shiny was your favourite brass piece? Over time, it became wasted and you’re so sad about it. There is great news - you can bring any brass piece back to shine with some simple treatments.

Before we present you the 7 secrets of how to clean brass with household products we want to share with you a simple trick. If you want to check if the brass you have is a real one, use a magnet. If the magnet sticks on the brass, this is a sign you have a fake one.

If this is not your case, congrats! You can apply the following ways to clean your favourite brass.

1. How to clean brass with vinegar

White vinegar is a great household product that is used for cleaning. Acetic acid has very good properties to destroy stains without damaging the surface of the object. That’s why white vinegar is a perfect product to use for brass cleaning.

How to do it? To prepare the required solution мix together 1/2 cup of vinegar, a teaspoon of salt, and a sprinkling of flour until it forms a paste. By using a toothbrush spread the mixture on the brass. Let it stay for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water. You can apply this method to clean corroded brass as well.

2. Salt and vinegar – a great combination to clean brass

There is one more method including white vinegar. It’s even easier than the previous one because you don’t have to prepare a mixture. What you have to do is take a dry cloth and dip it in vinegar and then in salt. The next step is to rub the cloth all over the brass.

This is the simplest way to clean brass door handles and other surfaces that can’t be moved.

3. How to clean brass with ketchup

It might sound odd, but ketchup also can be used in cleaning brass. The ketchup cleaning method is super easy and takes only a few minutes. Start with squirting a dollop of ketchup on a rag. Then rub the surface of the brass object and let it like this for a while. The last you have to do is wipe it off with a wet cloth and dry it with a dry rag.

4. How to clean brass handles with lemon

There is a very effortless way to clean brass handles by using lemon. Here is it - squeeze half a lemon onto a clean cloth and sprinkle salt on top. Use the cloth to rub the brass handles or lockers. Then take a wet cloth and rub these places again.

If there are more wasted handles you can use a toothbrush instead of cloth. This will help you to put in more strength while rubbing.

5.How to clean brass with toothpaste

Toothpaste is another household product that will help you to clean brass objects. Even the cheapest toothpaste can make miracles and bring back old brass to shine. Follow these steps and find yourself:

  • Apply a thin layer of toothpaste to your brass object and let is stay for a while.
  • The next step is to polish the brass with thing clean cloth. If there are stubborn areas, you can apply extra dabs of toothpaste or use a bit more effort while rubbing.
  • When you are done with polishing you have to rinse the brass with cool water and dry it with a microfiber cloth.

6. How to clean brass with a mix of soap and water

You have no excuse to not have soap and water at home. Even though, you don’t have ketchup, vinegar or toothpaste on hand you can use only soap and water to clean brass. In a clean container mix soap and water. Then soak the brass for a few seconds. It’s very important not to leave them in the water for longer than a minute. The next step is to rub the brass object with a microfiber cloth. The last thing you have to do is to rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

7. Additional secrets on how to take care of brass

When you regularly take care of your brass objects you will keep them shinnying for a long time. There are some rules or recommendations (called them however you want) that will help you to maintain brass in the right way:

  • Never use the dishwasher to wash brass objects;
  • Never soak brass;
  • Always follow these steps straightaway: wash, rinse, dry;
  • Before polishing always wash the brass item with mild soap and water to remove dust or other debris;
  • Use special brass cleaning products;
  • Don’t rub too strongly;
  • If you use brass pans, bowls, glasses, or other household brass utensils clean them clean as soon as possible after use.
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