How to Clean Brass in 3 Easy Steps

Updated 05/07/19
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From treasured heirlooms to contemporary décor, brass is one of our favorite accents to add to any room for an instantly luxe appearance. There’s only one catch to owning this sleek metal: Brass also shows signs of wear quickly. Dust, dirt, and even lack of use can take your favorite golden pieces from lustrous to dull in record time. Lucky, restoring your favorite brass items to their original state is easier than you might think. Unsure of how to go about the cleaning process? Luckily for you, we’ve assembled a simple, straightforward guide to help you get started—sans the chemicals and harsh cleaners.

Keep reading to learn how to clean brass in three easy steps.

1. Gather your supplies

To have your brass looking like new, the first step is to make sure that you have a few common household items on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

2. Wipe it clean

Combine two teaspoons of baking soda with freshly squeezed lemon juice from your lemon. Then, mix it in a small bowl until it forms a paste. Fizzing may occur; this is a natural reaction between the acidic and basic substances. Use your cloth to dab the paste onto the brass, then massage into the metal.

3. Make it shine

After working the mixture onto the surface, use clean water to thoroughly rinse the brass. As a note, be sure to exercise caution if you’re working with a brass piece that has nooks and is likely to trap moisture (such as a mirror, picture frame, or candlesticks). In such a case, be sure to drain and air-dry the piece completely, then blot-dry it with a clean cloth. To add a bit of luster to your newly cleaned brass, place a dab of olive oil onto your fingertip and gently massage the surface of the metal.

Now that you’ve learned how to clean brass, read on for four simple hacks to clean silver.

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