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Care Instruction for Brass

Brass is an alloy of zinc, copper and other metals. True brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. It tends to oxidize (tarnish) quickly when exposed to air. Brass comes to use in making locks, gears, door knobs and other things like bells. Brass is used for decoration for its bright gold-like appearance in home decor items like statues, figurines etc.

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Here are some tips to care for brass items:

• If the brass is dirty or seems oily, mix some mild detergent with warm water. Take a soft cloth and soak it in the solution.

• Wipe it clean and let it dry. After drying, wipe it again with a soft cotton cloth.

• Toothpaste can also be used for cleaning. Apply a bit of toothpaste on the material and rub it in light circular motions. Now wipe this off with a soft cotton cloth.

• Polish the brass with the brass polish and rub it with a clean dry cloth.

• Wear cloth gloves when cleaning, so that you do not put fingerprints on it.

• Apply lacquer to give the brass a protective coat that will help in maintaining its shine. Use cotton balls or a soft paint brush to apply it. Apply only a thin layer, and make sure to apply it evenly. Wipe up any drips before they dry. Let the brass dry before touching it.

• A lemon half dipped in a plate of table salt will also remove heavy tarnish and leave a clean, but unpolished look to brass.

• Brass polish is abrasive, so be careful not to rub off delicate engravings or scratch a brass-plated piece.

• Brass that is very heavily tarnished can be cleaned with hot vinegar.

• If you do polish it and the varnish is removed, consider having it re-varnished, especially if there is fine engraving on it.

Keep your brass items looking as new as ever by following the above mentioned care tips.