How to Clean & Polish Brass Kick Plates

Updated February 21, 2017

Kick plates are a great way to protect the bottom of your door from shoes, pets and the weather. Kick plates made of brass are common due to the durability of brass. Unfortunately, over time and with exposure to weather, kick plates can tarnish and lose their shine, but don't spend the money and time replacing them. You can restore your brass kick plates to their former lustre. Cleaning and polishing brass kick plates is an easy process that can be accomplished with items you probably already have in your home.

Pour 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid into a quart-size spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with cool water.

Shake the bottle to mix the dishwashing liquid and spray the cleaner onto the kick plates.

Wash the kick plates with a sponge, and rinse well with cool water. Dry the kick plates with a clean cloth or towel.

Dip a tooth brush into ammonia and scrub tarnished areas of the kick plates until the tarnish lifts. Wipe the ammonia off with a damp sponge. Dry the kick plates with a clean cloth.

Mix equal parts of vinegar, salt and flour into a paste. The amount used will depend on the size and number of kick plates you need to polish.

Apply the paste to the kick plates with a dry cloth and allow the paste to dry.

Buff the paste from the kick plates with a clean, dry cloth until they shine.


If your kick plates have a lacquer coating painted on them, you need to strip the lacquer from the kick plates in order to remove the tarnish and restore the shine. Lacquer stripper can be purchased at a home improvement store. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Quart-size spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth or towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Flour
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Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.