Did you know that you can easily restore brass items to their former glory using things you’re sure to already have at home? Here are three clever housewife tricks for polishing brass!
Discolored brass is never fun, whether it’s a piece of jewelry, an interior detail, or something else. Fortunately, polishing brass is easy. Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning items in this beautiful material!
Before you start polishing brass
Before trying the methods below, it is important to ascertain whether the item is made of brass or if it is only brass plated. You check this with the help of a magnet: if the magnet sticks to the object, the object remains not of brass only, but is brass plated. For brass-plated items, it’s best to leave the polishing to a professional, as you risk scratching the surface or otherwise damaging the item.
Secondly: if the brass is lacquered, we do not recommend trying the methods below – stick to soap and water instead.
One thing that can reveal that a brass object is lacquered is that the surface has black dots. Another sign is that the varnish may have started to crack or disappear in some places. Brass objects that have not been polished for many years but are still relatively clean also tend to be lacquered – the reason for lacquering brass objects is to keep them clean longer.
Finally: before trying the methods below, always try to use only warm water and soap. In many cases this is sufficient.
1. Polish brass with ketchup
This housewife trick may sound a little strange, but if you give it a try, you can get really good results! Keep in mind that the steps below may need to be repeated with stubborn stains.
How to clean brass with ketchup:
- Spread a small dab of ketchup on the surface you want to polish. Leave on for about an hour.
- Wipe the surface clean with soap and water.
2. Polish brass with toothpaste
Another method of cleaning brass that many may not have heard of is using toothpaste.
How to clean brass with toothpaste:
- Apply a dab of toothpaste using a clean cloth to the surface you want to clean. Let sit for a few minutes.
- Rinse off the toothpaste with cold water.
3. Polish brass with vinegar
Even vinegar can be used to make tired brass shine again! For this method you need vinegar, salt and flour.
How to clean brass with vinegar:
- Mix 1 dl of vinegar, a teaspoon of salt and add some flour so that a mass is formed.
- Spread the mixture on the surface you want to clean. Let sit for a few minutes.
- Rinse off with cold water and dry.