Brass pieces are adored because their gold-like appearance adds elegance to a room. Even those that are tarnished can still improve aesthetics. But if you’re not into the vintage look, you will want to proceed with this article.
Brass is often used in low-friction applications such as faucets. However, temperature fluctuations and water quality can blemish brass faucets and reduce their appeal.
Regular Wipe-downs: Routine cleaning is essential to keep the faucet clean. It is better to exert regular minimal effort than toil hard during every few months. Wiping brass pieces will take only a minute.
Another benefit of regular wipe-downs is the reduction of the need for abrasive cleaners which can damage the material. As much as possible, stay away from potent chemicals. A mixture of warm water and mild soap is often enough. Simply damp a soft cloth in the mixture and wipe around the brass faucet.
Experts also advise to keep brass pieces dry at all times. Hence, it is wise to have a dry cloth near the sink so you can wipe the fixture dry right away.
Commercially-prepared Brass Cleaners: If the water and mild soap just won’t do, look for a commercially-prepared formula. Fortunately, formulated brass cleaners are available in almost every hardware store in the country. And just like any other product, there are inexpensive and high-end options. Read the reviews from reliable sources before choosing a product.
Use Ketchup: Ketchup contains acidic compounds which can remove tarnish.
Put some ketchup on a dry, soft, lint-free cloth. Rub the cloth gently on the faucet. Use another damp, soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the ketchup off.
Use a soft, dry cloth that is free of lint to apply it. Put a small amount of ketchup on the cloth and gently rub it on the brass fixture. Then, with a clean cloth, wipe the ketchup off.
You may still need to rinse with remainders away. Don’t forget to wipe the fixture dry.
Homemade Polish Paste: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a ½ cup of vinegar, then add 3 tablespoons of flour until consistency is achieved. Rub the concoction onto the brass faucet or any other tarnished fixture. Leave it on the surface for at least 10 minutes, then wipe the paste off using damp cloth.