Is your brass door hardware looking brown and tarnished?
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.