• Hometalker
  • Tucson, AZ
Asked on May 15, 2017

How to clean brass?



7 answers
  • Mfbandit769
    on May 15, 2017

    Brasso or some other brass cleaner.
  • Hillela G.
    on May 15, 2017

    You can use ketchup!
  • Chas' Crazy Creations
    on May 15, 2017

    I have always used tomato sauce. Put the tomato sauce on the brass, let it sit for an hour, and wash it off with hot soapy water.
  • Alisa Howard
    on May 15, 2017

    I am not sure if this is a question or just a discussion...

    Before you clean brass you should first determine if you’re dealing with solid brass or brass-plated steel. To find out, place a small magnet on the item. If the magnet slides off, your item is solid brass. If the magnet remains on the item, it is made of brass-plated steel. Brass plated steel does not tarnish as solid brass does. Brass plated steel just rusts. If you discover that you are dealing with brass-plated steel, get some fine-grade steel wool and carefully buff the rust away from the surface. If the item still looks a little rusty, you may have to repaint it to get it looking new again. Too much vigorous scrubbing and rough cleansers can destroy the metal. If you have a brass family heirloom, you might want to have it cleaned by a professional or not cleaned at all, allowing it to tarnish naturally over time. Remember that tarnished brass is not always such a bad thing. Tarnish on an antique can make a piece look even more authentic.
  • Jmb12203085
    on May 15, 2017

    There is a product called Never Dull. It is sold in most automotive stores. It looks like cotton or wool. You rub it on whatever you want to clean and rub it off with a soft cloth. It will clean and polish any metal.
    on May 15, 2017

  • Lit18359573
    on May 15, 2017

    To remove tarnish from brass, dip a lemon slice or rind in a little salt and rub it on the object. Then clean and dry with paper towels. Add a little ammonia to a soap-and-water solution to clean these metals. Apply with a soft paintbrush or rag, then rinse and wipe dry.
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