Asked on Jun 29, 2019

How do I clean a brass door handle (exterior)?

Linda ThomasEmFiddledd224


The door handle (on my covered porch) is rough and pitted looking. Is there a safe way to clean it or should I replace it?

3 answers
  • Fiddledd224
    on Jun 29, 2019

    Unless it is an antique, I would just replace it. To do a proper job, you would need to remove it, sand it and repaint it. There are so many beautiful and affordable handles now ---- and a new one may change the whole look of the door for little money.

  • Em
    on Jun 29, 2019

    Tape off all around the handle if you do not wish to remove it with painters tape. Mix a small amount of flour, salt and vinegar in a bowl, and apply this mixture to your brass doorknobs using a soft, damp clothe to remove tough tarnish or other deposits. Treat brass hardware with paste wax or lemon oil once a month to prevent tarnishing and maintain the material's natural shine.

  • Linda Thomas
    on Jun 29, 2019

    Thanks Em. I will do this in cooler weather.

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