How To Clean Brass Items

In my house many things are made of brass, and before it was a permanent headache to observe how it looks like it was very old things, so I decided to find out How to clean brass items and as you can imagine I also had to investigate what this material was made of, to find a proper way to clean it.

Well, I discovered that brass is a combination of copper and zinc, and it turns out to be a metal with a great resistance, and that it has a peculiarity that is not good for us, the housewives, and that is that unfortunately it is very susceptible to stain easily.

But I also found out that there are ways to clean it without having to make great expenses, so I have put these procedures into practice and I have obtained wonderful results.

In my house the door handles, the handles on antique furniture, some jewelry and coins are made of this material, so having learned these processes has been a success for me for the cleaning tasks in my house.

How to clean brass items with vinegar

Materials I use for this cleaning

  • 1 small brush
  • 1/2 liter of water
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 Sponge
  • 2 clean rags
  • Neoprene gloves
  • 1 plastic container to make the mixture

Procedure I used to clean brass items

  • In a pot I put to heat the half liter of water
  • I put on my neoprene gloves
  • Then I pour the hot water into the plastic container
  • Afterwards, to the container with the hot water, I add the half cup of vinegar and the quarter cup of salt and I mix well all the ingredients until a homogeneous mixture is formed.
  • With the small brush I dust the brass articles that I am going to clean
  • I then dip the sponge in the mixture so that it is well impregnated with it, and rub the brass items firmly, this I do over the entire surface of each item including edges and grooves.
  • I leave the mixture for a few minutes, and then with a clean cloth dipped in water I pass it over the entire surface of the article to remove the remains of the cleaning mixture
  • Finally with the clean dry cloth, I pass it over the entire surface of the article until it is shiny and dry.

With this simple and fast process I get an excellent cleaning of the brass things I have in my home, they really look shiny.

I also sometimes use another procedure that has left me satisfied and is the following

How to clean brass items with lemon and onion

Materials

  • 1 Small brush
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Water
  • 1 Sponge
  • 2 clean rags
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 Small knife
  • 1 cup

Procedure

  • To start I put on the neoprene gloves
  • With the small brush I clean the dust on the brass items
  • I squeeze the two lemons in a cup
  • With the small knife pick up the onion in two pieces
  • I rub a piece of the onion on the brass article I am going to clean, when I do it the dirt comes off very easily, it releases a substance the color of rust, then with one of the clean tricks I wet it in water and clean the surface of the article.
  • Then, with the sponge I wet it in the juice of the limes and I rub the article all over its surface.
  • To finish with the other clean and dry rag, I pass it over the whole surface of the article until I remove the remains of the lemon juice.

With this cleaning the brass articles of my house are left with an enviable shine.

Tips & Tricks Cleaning Brass

Finally, I am going to tell you about a way to clean brass items that you are not going to believe me, because it seems crazy, I also thought about it when a friend recommended it to me.

It is about using only one product and it is nothing more than tomato sauce, the cleaning consists of removing the dust with a cloth, and then in another cloth I put tomato sauce and I rub the item firmly.

Then with a wet cloth I rub the piece to remove the remains of the tomato sauce, and finally, with a clean dry cloth I rub the article to dry it and give it shine, although it is hard to believe the brass pieces are very shiny with this process.