Cleaning Brass

Learn how to clean brass with polishing cloth

Best Brass Polish

What is the best brass polish on the market today?

When it comes to cleaning, shining and polishing brass, people’s opinions differ greatly on How to Clean Brass. Some believe that the best thing to use is one of the numerous commercial cleaners on the market today while other people prefer to to look in their kitchen cupboard and even their refrigerator for the answer.

Here are the most popular commercial products that people like to use:

  • Brasso:  this well known metal polish from the United Kingdom has been around for over a century, helping people keep their shiny metal things shiny.
  • Ammonia: This is actually the main ingredient in Brasso and other commercial products. It will get the tarnish off, but be careful because it can also take away some of the metal and fade any etchings.
  • Tomato Sauce or Ketchup: The organic acids found in tomatoes can help clean up your brass things will nice. Just immerse then and turn the heat up to a bubbling boil. Worchester sauce is also known to work in the same manner
  • Lemon and salt: This is a good way to gently clean this metal, just be prepared to use a little bit of elbow grease to get the job done.
  • Soapy water: Use a mild detergent and a toothbrush to scrub your brass clean.
  • Polishing cloth: For brass instruments, you might just want to use a soft cloth to wipe them down, helping to remove the fingerprints and accumulated residue.


So, as you can see, there are many different opinions on brass cleaning. For my money, I like to use a cloth that has been pretreated with a bit of oil along with a mild solvent. The solvent can help scrub away the tarnish, while the oil leaves behind a thin layer of protection.

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