How to clean brass and make it shine?

How to clean brass? Black soap, white vinegar, soda crystals, specific cleaning products for brass and copper… There are many tips and products that can be used to clean brass naturally.

10-Trucs offers you in this article the best tips for cleaning aged and oxidized brass.

Tips and tricks for cleaning brass:

1. Clean brass with warm soapy water

The first tip for maintaining and washing brass objects is simply water and dish soap.

Indeed, if you take the time to wash your brass objects frequently, they will remain in good condition much longer. Here is how to succeed with this cleaning tip:

  • Add liquid dish soap to hot water and mix well.
  • Wait a few minutes and soak a soft cloth in the solution and rub the brass.
  • Rinse and dry the entire surface of the object well to complete the cleaning of the object.

2. Scrub and clean the brass with the white clay stone

To effectively clean jewelry and other pitted brass objects, you can use a white clay stone.

  • Apply white clay stone to a white cotton cloth and rub the brass.
  • Rinse the brass object under water or use a damp cloth.
  • Rub and dry the bracelet or jewel with a microfiber cloth to polish the brass well.

You can use this clay stone to clean and protect (almost) any surface at home. Here is precisely a clay stone at a low price:

Silver stone, white clay

Silver stone, white clay

  • Natural cleanser based on white clay
  • Cleans and protects brass and other surfaces
  • Stainless steel, brass, copper, chrome, pewter, etc.

This clay stone also cleans copper and bronze! For other tips for bronze come read this article: How to clean bronze?

To deoxidize brass, there are a few natural tips, including one based on white vinegar. As you know, we use white vinegar a lot on and this is still the case for cleaning brass.

Here is how to use vinegar on brass:

  • Pour hot water into a basin or the bottom of the kitchen sink.
  • Add 2 cups of white vinegar to approximately 2 cups of hot water.
  • Soak the brass object for about 5 to 10 minutes in the solution.
  • While soaking, rub the object with a cloth (or sponge) emphasizing the stains.
  • Repeat until oxide stains fade and disappear.
  • Rinse the object with water and clean the brass with soapy water to finish.

4. Use black soap as a brass cleaner

If you are looking for another natural and effective product to clean brass consider using black soap.

Indeed, black soap is a multi-purpose and 100% natural cleaner that can be used to clean aged and stained brass. Super easy to use here’s how:

  • Add 4 tablespoons of Liquid Black Learn to 4 cups of water.
  • Soak a cloth in this mixture and rub the stains on the brass.

For very stubborn stains on brass you can add a little baking soda to the mixture of water and black soap.

5. Rub the brass with toothpaste

Another effective cleaning and shine product that we use occasionally on 10-Tricks is toothpaste! And yes, toothpaste to make brass objects shine!

  • Pour a little toothpaste on a rag or cloth and rub the brass.
  • Rub and apply over the entire surface of the object and leave to act for a few minutes.
  • Rub again with a clean, damp cloth to remove excess toothpaste.
  • Rinse under water, dry and polish with a microfiber cloth to finish.

Toothpaste is also used to clean silver objects as you will discover here: Silverware cleaning.

6. Buy a product to shine the brass

Finally, if you are looking for a product to renovate and polish a brass or copper object, polish is an excellent solution.

I suggest below Ouator’s metal polish, a great product for the maintenance of brass and other metals and alloys.

Ouator, metal polish

Ouator, metal polish

  • For copper, brass, pewter and bronze
  • Renovates, protects and polishes the surface
  • Restores an authentic shine

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