By Sharon Brandwein
In older homes, brass may be a given for cabinet hardware and bathroom faucets. If you added brass to your home on your own, it’s probably in the form of decorative accents—a la lamps and tchotchkes and maybe a Moscow mule mug or two.
The thing about brass, though, is that it looks great—until it doesn’t. Peppered throughout your home, brass can do a lot to jazz up your decor. But trust us when we say tarnish is never a good look.
Brass naturally tarnishes over time and while it can give some pieces an organic or antique look, you either like the look of tarnished brass or you don’t. If you like your brass shiny, it will require regular maintenance, and from time to time, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and get to work. And most methods for cleaning brass stand the test of time because they’re inexpensive, and they just work.
Ahead we take a look at a few tried and true DIY tricks to help you clean tarnished brass and restore some of your favorite items to their former glory.