How To Clean Brass Cabinet Handles

Because of the desirability and quality of Louis Vuitton, there are many vintage pieces out there. Smear the paste over the brass, clean away with warm water and buff with a soft cloth. If your cleaning a tiny brass material you can also use a cotton ball or the tip of the cotton buds. Vinegar, Salt and Flour: These versatile home staples can be combined to make a paste to clean tarnished brass. Most of our brass pieces (with the exception of some painted cabinet face plates) is raw, unlacquered brass. This will leave a thin coat of beeswax on your brass and will extend the time between cleaning. After the lacquer is dry, wipe the brass with a clean cloth to give it some shine.

If this does not work, use denatured alcohol or a paint stripper With denatured alcohol, put a small amount onto a cloth and then rub the door handle with it. If using paint stripper, just follow the product instructions. This could be caused by normal scraping of rings or house keys on the handle during daily use or the transfer of paint thinners, lotions and other reactive foreign products from hands or nearby projects on the door or walls.

Following these three simple steps will help to ensure that your Cliffside brass cabinet hardware has the longest life and best use for you. Every day I had to clean and polish my brass belt buckle when I was in basic trainings (two) for twelve weeks. Most of the cabinet plates and pulls, however, install with a pin, which threads through the wood just like a screw and is bent flat on the opposite side to hold the pull in place. Wipe the brass again to remove lingering dirt or oils that have built up on the surface, and buff it dry. Lemon Juice: Straight lemon juice can be used to clean brass and bring back shine.

Unlike the perpetually shiny lacquered brass that was popular in the 1970s and ’80s, most pieces today are left unfinished. Enjoy the shine, sparkle and gleam of all your brass wares with this frugal recipe that will save you money, never having to shop for brass cleaner again! If removing the hardware isn’t possible, make sure the door’s paint or finish is adequately sealed off with masking tape to protect it from whatever cleaner you’re using.

To protect brass from oxidation or tarnish, manufacturers apply clear coatings at the factory. If you’re really concerned, or the item is brass plated, just go with the lemon juice and skip the salt/soda. In general, abrasive supplies are not a good idea anyway, but they could completely rub off the brass plating. Using a clean, damp cloth, gently cover the brass with the sauce and leave for about a minute, then using another clean cloth wipe it off, again wash with warm sopy water and then dry witha soft clean cloth. The acetic acid in the vinegar and the sodium in the baking soda work together to dissolve the tarnish.

There are numerous brass cleaning methods that use nothing but non-hazardous kitchen ingredients and, depending on the method and the amount of tarnish, a little elbow grease. It is necessary to regularly wipe away dust and to occasionally wash the stainless steel with warm soapy water before drying with a clean cloth. From small moments to large statements, today’s brass is tasteful and elegant—with gorgeous patina to spare. Flea markets are a great place to nab vintage brass goods, but if you’d rather shop from the comfort of your own home, check out these websites.

If you are trying to clean large brass items, then fill a bucket with equal parts vinegar and salt and place the soiled piece inside to soak for about an hour. Soft or medium bristled brushes are okay to use on brass plated pieces, steel wool is not. Dampen a soft cloth in a solution of mild dish detergent or hand soap and wipe the brass hinges with the cloth to remove surface dirt and debris. Side Note: Make sure you have the outside edges of your campaign handles clean as they will show when your hardware is installed.

Therefore, all of the hardware was removed from the furniture piece very, very carefully. Therefore, generally a solution of dishwashing liquid and warm (not hot) water is best for cleaning lacquered brass. The brass is coated with different metals, such as zirconium, nickel and palladium. Test any brass polish on an inconspicuous area of brass prior to use and some polishes may destroy the protective lacquer on hinges. You can check out our door-painting post for more details on that stuff (like how we sanded the paint around the hardware that we removed so it was nice and smooth before painting).

Sign up for Home Hardware emails and get exclusive online savings, sneak peeks at money-saving flyers, email-only promotions and much more. Soaking the brass handles causes the lacquer to peel off and getting the brass hot makes the metal expand and crack the lacquer coating. Q. We are getting Black marks on the Brass Nozzle after buffing (Polishing) and even after cleaning in acid and need help in removing these stain marks. There are some pieces of brass that are antique and those I don’t clean to preserve the patina. Brass with a dark patina can actually be desirable, so owners of brass drawer pulls should think about whether they truly need to remove the patina or not.

In summary, an ultrasonic cleaner can quickly pay for itself if you are involved in restoring antique brass, bronze and copper hardware. Generally, brass owners use commercial cleaners, such as Brasso and Twinkle to disinfect and return the bronze alloy to its original shine. Sauces – Acidic sauces such as Ketchup and Worcestershire Sauce are also good alternatives for cleaning brass. Use the dilution made in step two to clean any tarnish, discoloration or stubborn spots from the brass hinges.

Baking soda & lemon – For this tip on how to clean brass, liberally sprinkle baking soda over a lemon that has been chopped in half and rub it over the surface of the brass ornament, door handle (etc) you want to clean and rinse with warm water. Small brass objects can be cleaned with a little toothpaste (not the gel type). Dip the emery cloth in cooking oil and rub in one direction, not round and round, and when it is clean polish it with a Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloth. In fact, not only is brass that shows its age acceptable—it’s downright desirable.