How to Clean Polished Brass Bathroom Taps

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How to Clean Polished Brass Bathroom Taps
A homemade brass cleaning solution can be both effective and inexpensive. (orange bowl and green spoon image by Aussiebloke from

Polished brass is used on many bathroom taps as it is a timeless, elegant metal that holds its appearance for many years when cared for properly. The brass has a polished, sophisticated look that quickly becomes dull as dirt, fingerprints, smudges and water spots dry onto its surface. Instead of purchasing expensive commercial brass cleaning products, you can clean the brass with inexpensive ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Spoon
  • Cleaning cloths

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  1. 1

    Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 tsp salt.

  2. 2

    Stir flour into the bowl slowly, working to create a thick, consistent paste.

  3. 3

    Dip a cleaning cloth into the paste and rub it onto the brass taps. Allow a thick layer of paste to set on the brass for 10 minutes.

  4. 4

    Moisten a cloth with water and use it to wipe the paste off the brass taps.

  5. 5

    Buff the polished brass with a clean cloth to restore its shine.

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