- Determine whether your item is really made of brass. Some cleaning products can be harmful to certain materials, especially those that are brass-plated or coated. To determine if your item is brass, simply see if a magnet will stick to it. Brass is non-magnetic, so if a magnet will not stick, your item is most likely brass.
- Clean your brass item thoroughly using a soapy water. Apply the solution to a clean cloth and rub the item to remove dirt and grime, then wipe the item dry with a towel or rag.
- Remove any tarnish that is present. The easiest way to remove tarnish is by cleaning the item with a diluted ammonia mixture and a soft cloth.
- Get rid of any corrosion on your brass item. Use a slice of lemon dipped in table salt to rub any corrosion you'd like to get rid of, then rinse the item with water and allow to dry.
- Apply commercial brass cleaner, available at any home improvement store. Use a soft clean cloth and rub the brass cleaner onto the brass object you'd like to clean using a rag. The brass cleaner will leave behind a seal that will prevent the item from tarnishing in the future.
- Buff your item. Use a dry, soft cloth and buff your item until it shines.
Things You Will Need
- Brass polish
- Clean rags
- Soap (Dish soap is fine)
- Ammonia (Optional)
- Lemon (Optional)
- Salt (Optional)
- Lacquer thinner (Optional)
- Steel wool (Optional)
- For any tarnish or stains that are too tough for the products named above, apply a small amount of lacquer thinner to very fine steel wool and scrub your brass item.
- For antique brass items that you're afraid to tackle at home, use a professional brass polishing service.