by Jill Culley
(last updated June 25, 2018)
If you have old brass hardware in your house and you've never cleaned it, then you might not know that you have oxidized, or tarnished, brass hardware. Cleaning it up and making it look like new again isn't as difficult as it seems. When I was growing up, we had brass door knobs on all of our doors and they never tarnished despite how much use they got because my mother cleaned them weekly. Of course, you don't need to clean them weekly but cleaning them at least once per month is a great way to maintain the longevity of your hardware. It's a simple task that hardly takes any time. In fact, you'd be amazed at how much you can clean in just fifteen minutes. When I bought my new house, I was thrilled to have brass hardware in it and immediately began researching how to keep it all as clean as the hardware in my mother's house.
Tarnished brass is a good sign that not only does it desperately need to be cleaned but that underneath all of that oxidization is a beautiful surface waiting to be exposed again. Some simple cleaning a couple of times a month will keep your brass hardware clean and shiny. Making sure you use the best cleaners that won't scratch the surface is really important so make sure when you buy a scouring surface cleaner at your local store, you don't buy something too abrasive.
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