How to Clean Brass Door Hardware

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How to Clean Brass Door Hardware
Clean brass door hardware with ease. (türgriffe image by Weimar from

Brass door hardware is used for door knobs, handles and hinges. All of these area need to be cleaned on occasion. Since these areas typically have small indentations and crevices, you must figure out a cleaning routine that cleans all of the brass evenly. By using the proper cleaning tools, you can thoroughly clean all of the brass, and keep it looking brand new for many years.

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cleaning rags
  • Toothpicks

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  1. 1

    Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 tsp of salt in a dish. Stir the ingredients to dissolve the salt. Pour in flour and stir until you have a paste similar to the consistency of peanut butter.

  2. 2

    Dip a cleaning cloth into the solution, scooping up a small amount and rubbing it over the entire brass surface.

  3. 3

    Let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe the brass clean with a damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Dig paste residue and build-up out of crevices with a toothpick. This works especially well for door hinges and around screws and bolts.

  5. 5

    Dry the brass with a clean cloth to restore a polished shine.

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