How To Clean Brass

We love the warmth and character that brass adds to our 2016 Idea House. But, how do you keep it looking sharp and shiny? Watch Southern Living's Senior Homes Editor Zoë Gowen explain how to clean tarnished brass without damaging it.


[MUSIC] If you spend anytime reading magazines or on Pinterest these days you know by now that brass is definitely back. I'm really excited about it because it adds a little more warmth than the standard chrome and nickel finishes that we've been seeing for the last few years. You can find a lot of information on polishing silver but you don't find much information about brass. First, rinse your brass piece with warm, soapy water to remove any dust and looser dirt. From there, take a washcloth and give your brass a good scrubbing, but not too hard because you don't want to actually scratch or dent the piece. You still may have a few harder to reach spots. But don't worry, you can just take a toothbrush, dip it in the warm soapy water, and scrub those harder to reach places. And if there are still tarnished areas, you may need a special brass cleaner. Try not to use a brass cleaner very often. Because it's abrasive, and it can break down your brass over time. Now that all the cleaning's done, take a terrycloth or a soft towel and give it a good buff, and you should be good to go. After you finish cleaning, don't worry if there's still a spot or two, or even a little bit of tarnish on your brass piece. That's what gives it, and the room, character.
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