When it comes to modern design, nothing quite matches the timeless elegance of brass. With its durability, rich history, and polished sheen, a brass fixture can transform the look of any room.
In recent years, brass has become an increasingly popular choice for faucets and sinks, in both the bathroom and the kitchen. And with this surge in popularity, it’s important to know how best to clean and maintain your brass furniture.
Before getting started, you need to make sure your tapware is made from solid brass. Grab a magnet from the fridge and place it on your faucet or sink. If the magnet sticks, it means it’s not real brass. If the magnet falls away, it indicates solid brass. And this means you have a host of cleaning options to choose from.
It can be tempting to go down the commercial cleaner route. Certainly, there are some excellent brass cleaning products on the market. However, if you are looking for less abrasive, and more cost-effective options, then look no further than your kitchen cupboard.
Believe it or not, ketchup can be your best friend when it comes to brass cleaning. The mild acid in tomatoes will gently strip away dirt and grime and return the brass faucet or sink to its shining glory. Just coat the fixtures in ketchup with a soft cloth, leave for a few minutes, rinse with warm water and dry. You will be amazed at the results.
Another ingenious brass cleaning option involves the humble lemon. Simply squirt a little lemon juice onto your brass faucet or sink, wipe with a dry cloth and give it a final buff. Or, if you want an extra cleaning kick, try adding a little salt to the mix.
Alternatively, you can make a simple paste with lemon juice and one teaspoon of baking soda. Smear it onto the brass faucet or sink, leave for a few minutes, then wipe and buff with a dry cloth. It will make your brass truly sing.
Another kind of paste that’s just as effective can be made using a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of plain flour. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, rub the paste onto your brass faucet or sink, leave for 10 minutes, and then rinse and wipe clean. Your brass will look good as new.
Strange as it may sound, toothpaste works wonders on brass. Simply squirt directly onto your brass faucet or sink and spread it into a thin layer. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then polish with a clean cloth. Finally, rinse with cool water and dry with a second cloth. For particularly stubborn stains and caked-on grease, you might need to run this method twice. The results will speak for themselves.
And finally, don’t be afraid of the simplest method of all: warm, soapy water. Use a microfiber cloth or an old toothbrush, and some good old fashioned elbow grease, to help lift any stains or grime.
After cleaning, and when the brass is completely dry, it’s a good idea to apply a thin coat of linseed oil. This will help protect your brass faucet or sink from tarnishing, and keep it looking immaculate.
Whichever method you choose, it’s easy and affordable to bring your brass furniture back to life and looking good as new. And the best part is, you probably already have all the ingredients you need at home.