Because of its versatility, brass comes in many forms and sizes. Whether in round tubes, square tubes, or even L-tubes, what remains constant is the need for its regular cleaning. Knowing how to manage their appearance is important especially if you are a designer or builder working on a project that utilizes brass materials.
You cannot expect,of course, to be able to immediately apply every brass item upon purchase, and so would need to stock and store them in a cool, dry place. Until you actually get to use them, you want to be able to retain the integrity and quality of your brass product.
In case you will have to clean certain brass items yourself, it’s best you know how to do it without damaging its form. The foremost thing you have to remember is that excessive cleaning can also remove the metal’s texture and finish so you have to do this carefully as well.
There are various types of liquids or solvents, and even abrasives, that can help you accomplish the cleaning of your brass materials. Just make sure to take extra care when it comes to stripping the brass of tarnish and other impurities.
According to Brass Types
It would help you a lot if you can properly identify the kind of brass you are working with. Solid brass is a lot tougher than those items that are simply brass-plated, and therefore can withstand tougher cleaning methods. If the brass you have is unfinished, then it would require frequent cleaning so that it doesn’t lose its luster. Brass square tubes and other forms that are lacquered are generally more resistant to wear and tear, and corrosion, and could even go as much as 10 years without thorough cleaning.