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How to Clean Tarnished Brass Hardware

Is your brass door hardware looking brown and tarnished?

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You can buy any of several types of brass and metal cleaners online.

Brass can be beautiful, but when it begins to show the signs of age and use, it’s time for a little tender loving care.

To restore the beauty of brass, begin by either removing or masking-off the hardware to protect the door’s surface.

Restore the brass’s shine with a good brass cleaner, applied with a soft cloth (protect your skin by wearing latex or rubber gloves when working with this type of chemical).

Next, it’s time to buff and polish. A soft buffing wheel, fitted into an electric drill, speeds polishing. Protect the finish by spraying on a light coat of clear lacquer or brass sealer.

If your hardware is beyond this type of simple cleaning, you’ll need to step-up your approach. Remove badly tarnished hardware and place it in undiluted ammonia for about an hour. Rinse with clear water, then polish as directed above.

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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