How to Polish Brass

From ketchup to nail-polish remover, household “tricks” for cleaning brass abound. But skip them: Unless the piece needs stripping, an inexpensive brass cleaner from the supermarket is the best tool for the job. This video demonstrates a simple way to get brass polished.

What You Need

  1. Check rubber gloves
  2. Check warm soapy water
  3. Check toothbrush
  4. Check two clean cloths
  5. Check brass cleaner

Follow These Steps

  1. Rinse brass with soap and water

    Wearing rubber gloves, thoroughly wash your brass piece with a clean cloth and warm soapy water to remove any dust or dirt. Use a toothbrush to get at grime in hard-to-reach places.
    Tip: Unsure your piece is brass? If it is, magnets won’t stick to it.

  2. Polish with brass cleaner

    Use a cloth to gently rub cleaner all over your brass item.

  3. Buff the brass to a shiny finish

    Using a clean, dry cloth, rub off any excess cleaner, then buff brass to a burnished finish. To avoid tarnishing the piece, don’t handle it with your bare hands until it’s completely dry.