Brass was really big back in the day, but it is making a comeback. Not only that, but some of you guys like me may have some old-time brass ornaments or decorations in your home. Well no matter what you have, today I am sharing with you two methods that you can use which are easy, actually work and cost you hardly any money.
Of course, you can buy a brass cleaning product from the store, but my two (well my grandma’s) methods can be done with what you have in the kitchen!
Before I share with you how to clean and polish brass, you need to know exactly what kind of brass you have. Is your item actually brass or is it just brass plated? To find out, put a magnet on it. If the magnet sticks, it is brass plated. If the magnet does not stick it is pure brass.
The reason you want to know is that if your item is brass plated and you scrub too hard, you can actually remove the brass plating!
Baking soda is something that can be used for all kinds of cleaning missions in your home, including brass.
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If you do not have any baking soda in your home, you are bound to have some salt. You can also use this to clean brass.
Of course, the easiest way as we said in the intro is using a product that you buy from the store. The problem with this is that some of them can be pretty strong and if you use them too much, especially on something that is brass plated, you can actually start to damage the brass.
So if you are using a product that you buy from the store, use it sparingly and only if the brass is really badly tarnished.
While on its own brass looks great, there is something so regal, elegant and cool about brass that has been polished. While you can once again go to the store and buy some polish that is designed for brass. You can also head to the kitchen and use mineral or linseed oil.
You want to use the thinnest coating and gently rub it in and your brass will look fantastic. Not only will doing this make your brass look great. You will also find that it stays clean much longer and it is a great way to keep the tarnish at bay.
I have two kids so keeping the brass handles we have in the kitchen clean is usually a losing battle. However, I have done a few things that do help a little bit.
Brass and fingers are natural enemies, you touch brass and your fingerprints seem to stay on their forever! So try and touch your brass as little as possible and be careful when you do. I am not saying that you need a special pair of brass handling gloves, but just be mindful when you are handling your brass.
Giving it a clean with something natural like linseed or mineral oil once or twice a month will keep it looking nice.
I really do love brass, having a few brass items around the house is just a great way to finish a room off. I went for brass handles in the kitchen and while it looks nice, it is, of course, a hard fight to keep it clean.
However, I have found that both the methods I have listed up above (thanks grandma) do work and I do keep a little bottle of linseed oil in the kitchen so that I can keep the brash polished. Brass can look good forever as long as you take care of it!
This post was last updated on December 21st, 2018 at 10:02 am
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