Brass is once again making its way back into the world of home décor and the furniture industry. Homeowners and interior designers alike are starting to appreciate the elegant drama that brass items and accents can lend to a room. Whether it’s a brass table or a brass tray, the warm and inviting appeal of brass cannot be denied.
Of course, the beauty of a brass sheet metal or other brass stocks used in the manufacture of furniture and other household fixtures won’t last forever without proper care. If you want your decorative brass hardware, vases, utensils, or bowls to maintain their allure, here are some cleaning tips that you need to keep in mind:
Determine whether it’s lacquered or unlacquered.
To make unlacquered brass shine, simply use a polish-soaked cloth. See to it that you use a compatible or recommended polish. For unlacquered brass, however, all you need is a soft cloth with mild dishwashing soap, and tepid water. For heavily oxidized brass pieces though, abrasive and highly concentrated cleaners may be used, but remember to test the cleaner on a small area first.
Use natural ingredients.
Not into chemical cleaners? Fortunately, two common kitchen ingredients can effectively resurrect your tarnished and worn-looking brass items—lemon and baking soda. Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the lemon and baking soda mix until you get a paste-like texture. Rub this paste over the brass’ surface and rinse off. You can buff the brass by gently rubbing it with a clean, dry cloth.