Brass maintenance

How to clean oxidized brass


L’brass it’s a League metal widely used since ancient times for the creation of various household objects. Very resistant to corrosion especially with the addition of tin or manganese, it is not as resistant tooxidation so, at regular intervals, it will inevitably go clean and polished.


Nowadays brass objects can still be found numerous in the apartments. This alloy is in fact used for to achieve handles, windows, musical instruments, lampshades, furniture and jewelery.

For this kind of work the question to be answered is always the same: better i natural methods or the so-called ones chemists, even if in reality, it is always a question of chemistry in hindsight.

Methods for cleaning brass


Brass yes oxidizes unfortunately sooner or later, there is no way to prevent this reaction. In principle, the polishing it is not particularly difficult as long as you use the right product and method.


Just some difficulties could arise in the event that the object were to present particular workings as the cesellatura, which is quite common in furnishing objects, as well as in particularly complex musical instruments.
Wind instruments are also called brass
The world is full of valid products for cleaning brass, just mention the famous one Sidol of the Hankel, a German company active since the second half of the 19th century.

However, it is interesting to note that i classic remedies of the grandmother are really numerous and quite reliable. After all, brass is an alloy that was used well before the birth of the German company.

Clean brass handles with lye


The lye it’s a basic solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide, obtainable thanks to simple wood ash.

To get it it will be enough to do to boil the ash in water in a ratio of 5 to 1 then following the following steps.

Ash before the sieve
Sift the ash with a fine mesh sieve (possibly using a mask), then heat the water in a pan, which must not be aluminum and pour the ash.

Boiling the ash
Mix continuing to gradually add ash and boil everything for a couple of hours.

Cool down all so that the ash gets deposits and take the liquid obtained by filtering it with a cloth.

Filtering of the ash from the lye
Now it will be enough to remove the brass handles, and immerse them in the warm lye solution for a couple of hours. This method can also be used for clean brass of other small or medium-sized objects. The leftover solution can be kept in plastic containers for a long time.

Clean brass with lemon juice


Many sites and videos offer the solution of the lemon. Actually it is a method that works, and a cotton ball or a sponge will be enough non abrasive.

The problem with this approach, however, is that it turns out to be very long and tiring, So, it works perfectly but is not recommended for simple practical reasons.

Brass after bathing in the vinegar solution
Another remedy could be that of immerse for a couple of hours the brass object to be cleaned in a solution of salt, vinegar, bicarbonate and lemon.

Even in this case, however, the result will not be perfect forcing in fact yet another passage with the lemon.

Brass cleaning with toothpaste


Another method that is easy to find on the net, cleaning with the toothpaste and a toothbrush seems to be functional.

Take one toothbrush a soft bristles and pass the toothpaste, rubbing well on the surface. You will notice that as the color of the pasta becomes darker and darker.


This method too it works but only partly. It will not be able to give a perfect shine to the brass. Furthermore, it could be good for small objects while, for particularly large ones, it would also become economically disadvantageous.

The use of a toothbrush, however, is very useful for cleaning objects that present inlays e cesellature.

How to clean brass: universal cleaner and Sidol


The universal cleaner to clean brass is really effective.

Specifically, the biodegradable universal cleaner KingStone manages to clean and polish all the metal surfaces of the house including of course brass e bronze.


Finally, the aforementioned Sidol which, like lye appears to be a method basic. Undoubtedly this product as regards both the result and the speed of cleanliness, beats all the above.

The perfect cleaning it can be obtained through the use of soft bristle brushes to reach all the most difficult points. The only real drawback is the very strong, and objectively not very pleasant smell of this product.

Kingstone Universal CleanerKingstone biodegradable universal cleaner to clean brass

For particularly difficult stains it is recommended to use a felt disc and a drill, in order to obtain a perfect polish.

Brass cleaning with Marseille soap


Also in this case, a basin must be filled with water e Marseille soap. Then dip the brass objects for three hours about then rinse well.

At this point with one toothbrush and always soap and water, complete cleaning where the brass is stained or darker. Then dry with a soft cloth.

Marseille soap
This solution is also effective, but flaw actually as regards the timing processing.

Cleaning brass: what not to do


This alloy has a patina that protects it from oxidation. Therefore, when cleaning brass, it will be necessary to move with velvet gloves to avoid removing it. Do not use therefore in the most absolute way all abrasive products, including sponges.

Some specially quoted “experts” also recommend using the Coca-Cola. This drink is true that it can clean the brass thanks to the acidic pH, carbon dioxide and other acids, but it is also true that it is full of sugars and aromas which, in addition to not making it practical, could ruin the surface.

How to polish brass after cleaning


Also for this operation there are various natural and non-natural methods, which can be used after one of the methods described above.

L’linseed oil in the first place it will be able to give an excellent luster to the brass.
Also delete the black spots, as well as creating a protective patina, delaying future oxidations.

Felt polishing discsZaeel felt discs for cleaning brass

Less practical but effective, the cream composed of lemon juice, salt, vinegar and bicarbonate. Just cover the object and wait a couple of minutes before rinsing with warm water. Likewise, even a cream of salt and vinegar is functional.

Finally, the solution with a special one is also excellent polishing paste as the Fiberglass & metal Polishing of the Iosso. It will give its best when used in combination with a drill with felt discs.

In conclusion, i natural methods to clean brass are effective, but sinning definitely in practicality. With specific products instead, the job will be perfect and above all very fast.


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