With guests set to visit to the home, we all want our brass and chrome lamps gleaming! Just like any other metal, brass and gold tends to become tarnished and dull over time. However, you can easily clean and polish brass lamps at home. To get them looking as good as new again it’s important to use the right products – which can be found in your home. What’s more, if you clean your gold or brass lamps regularly, it will avoid accumulation of dust, dirt and tarnish, keeping them lustrous bright and shiny all year round.
Before you begin, find out whether the item is pure gold and brass or if there is a mixture of other metals in it as well. An easy way to find it out is using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the surface, it means there are other metals in it as magnets do not get attracted to solid brass and gold. If the items are plated, you can clean them with hot soapy water. However, polishing or rubbing them too vigorously with brass cleaner will remove their plating and can make them appear dull. Therefore, proceed with caution.
Some precautions to take before you start the process:
Below are some provisions you should keep in mind when you clean and polish brass lamps:
- Don’t use scrubbing cloths that are highly abrasive. Similarly, avoid using steel wool or metal bristled brushes as they will leave scratches on the surface of the lamp.
- A thin coating of mineral oil, linseed oil or WD-40 Multi-Use can be effective in preventing tarnishing.
- Try to avoid touching gold and brass items too much. Oil from your hands can hasten the tarnishing process and reduce the life of your gold and brass objects.