Best way to clean a brass fire place?

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  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jun 29, 2020

    Is it real brass?

    If it is real brass and looks like real brass chances are it has a lacquer on it. The reason I say this is that brass will tarnish fairly quickly and can turn black. What keeps the brass from tarnishing so fast(and keeps it shiny and gold-ish) is the lacquer which keeps the air from tarnishing. Eventually (takes years), that brass shine will tarnish even underneath the lacquer though. The way to deal with that is stripping the lacquer... then shine up with a brass cleaner once that lacquer is off, and then re-lacquer. Sometimes something will look like it is solid brass but is actually brass plated. I think you could still try the above method though, and you will eventually figure out what metal is all the way through. In either case, you could try shining it up with a brass cleaner, if nothing happens to make them look better, you will need to strip it. That means there is lacquer that needs to be stripped to get to the brass. Then try to brass cleaner it again. (TRY BRASSO cleaner) If still nothing looks better, then the metal is probably a cheap metal that has been painted to look like brass and can just be repainted with a rustoleum spray paint and finished off with another lacquer or polycrilic finisher.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 29, 2020

    I use Young Living's Thieves cleaner

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jun 29, 2020

    Do you mean the firebox’s surround is brass or the actual fireplace has a brass insert?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 01, 2020

    Hello Simon,

    Use Brasso or metal polish.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 02, 2020

    Brasso cream cleaner is a very good cleaner for brass

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 04, 2020

    Hi! If it has a clear sealer on it, you may just need to give it a good cleaning to remove any soot buildup. If it is real brass, and the sealer is gone, you will need to use Brasso or another metal cleaner. If it is only brass plated, it may be needing a refinish. Once the base metal starts showing through, the finish is wearing off. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 04, 2020

    Hi Simon: There are a zillion ways, but these 2 work for me: I use Brasso. It's a multi-purpose metal polish for a variety of metals including brass, copper, stainless steel, chrome, pewter, and bronze. Brasso Metal Polish is so gentle on most metals, it will not scratch or mar them, however, it is not recommended for use on aluminum. I also use Barkeepers Friend. Just wet a sponge, put a bit of Barkeepers Friend on it and rub the area gently. It cleans in a flash! I use it for my copper bottomed pots. Just rinse and dry.

    Be aware that vinegar is acidic and can ruin brass if the solution is too strong with vinegar and the brass allowed to remain too long in the solution. If the solution turns blue, copper is being removed from the brass and the loss of copper will make the brass softer therefore weaker. Good luck

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