How Do You Polish Brass?


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To polish brass, mix a paste of baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Rub the mixture onto the brass item with a soft cloth in a circular motion. Rinse the item well with warm water, and polish it to a shine with a clean, dry cloth.

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  1. Mix baking soda and distilled white vinegar to form a paste

    Pour some baking soda into a bowl. Stir in enough distilled white vinegar to make a soft paste.

  2. Rub the paste onto the brass item

    Work the paste onto the surface of the brass item with a soft cloth. Work in a circular motion until the entire surface has been rubbed with the paste. Do not use a rough cloth, scour pad or brush, as these may scratch the item. The paste dissolves tarnish through a chemical reaction, so scrubbing is not necessary.

  3. Rinse the brass item well with warm water

    Rinse the brass item under warm running water to remove all the paste. For large items, use a cloth and a bucket of warm water. Rinse the cloth frequently, and change the water as necessary to keep it clean.

  4. Polish with a dry, soft cloth

    Rub the brass surface in a circular motion with a dry, soft cloth until it is shiny.

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