How To Clean Antique Brass Items at Home With Simple Methods?

How To Clean Antique Brass Items at Home With Simple Methods?
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    Sometimes the brass items are lacquered, or sometimes they may be plated on top of a metal surface.

    When it comes to cleaning various types of such antique brass items, there are different methods to it, which most of you might not know.


Not knowing the right technique to clean the brass items can cause the brass coating can chip off or simply peel out leading to damage to the item and the show or its sale value too.

So how do you clean various types of brass items? 

Check If The Brass Item Is Lacquered

A coat of lacquer is sometimes done on brass items to prevent them from tarnishing. It is a coat that prevents pure brass from coming in direct contact with air, heat, and moisture all of which can leave their damage mark on the surface.

Brass tends to lose its shine over years. This coating of lacquered helps the brass item look like it has just been purchased from the market.

The Maintenance

When you decide to decorate your home with a piece of antique you must be aware and ready for the challenges you will have to face. Just buying won’t end your job. These items are delicately crafted and require great attention.

Below are mentioned the way to keep your brass items away from damage:

  • 1. Use Of Abrasives Should Not Be Done On Lacquered Brass:

    Lacquered antique brass items should not be cleaned using abrasive cleaners as they will damage that layer over time and this will lead to the tarnishing of the substance. The strong chemicals that are present in the lacquer will eat into the lacquer layer and entirely wash it away.

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  • 2. Using Warm Water Along With A Mild Soap Is A Perfect Way:

    So the right method is to use a mild soap solution and then wiping it off by using a clean cloth. You can use your skin soap for this purpose. Make a solution of soap water and then apply with a piece of clean cloth. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse with clean water.

  • 3. What To Do When The Lacquered Layer Is Already Withering Away?

    It might be a good idea to leave it out and hand it over to the professionals. As the lacquer layer is starting to chip off it could be a good idea for handing it over to the professionals and finding out what is the best way to deal with it.

Cleaning Plated Brass Items

The cleaning procedure is simple and the same enough as you would clean lacquered brass items. You can use the same soap solution for cleaning and then rinse with more water. Then of course wipe off the antique brass item with a clean cloth.


A Tip- Polish Your Plated Brass Items Gently

Each time you polish aggressively the base metal that has been used for electroplating will chip or peel away giving a deformed look to the entire antique brass piece. You will have to use a good quality antique brass polish. It is easier you hand this piece over to a professional and let them do their job.

Some Natural Methods To Clean Brass Items At Home

Some unique homely substances act as natural cleaners for antique brass items. Here are some of the items that you can use for cleaning brass items DIY at home.

  • Tomato Paste: Using tomato means you are using malic acid in it for cleaning brass items.  You can use even ketchup as a substitute.
  • Baking Soda And Lemon: Take one tablespoon of baking soda and pour three tablespoons of lemon juice in it and then use this solution with water to clean the surface of the antique brass item.
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Nevertheless, these were a few tips on adding an antique brass item to your place for decoration. All you need to do is go through the above-mentioned points and you will be taking good care of the antique. You can buy such items online as well.

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