Brass is a gold-coloured metal made from copper and zinc, commonly used to make door knobs, fixtures and hardware. Whether lacquered or non-lacquered, brass door furniture can build up a film or residue that causes it to appear dull and dirty. The two finishes require different cleaning techniques, because using products on lacquered brass can damage the finish. Cleaning brass door furniture prevents tarnish and brings out the hardware's colour and shine.
Dampen a cloth with warm water and wring it out.
Wipe the brass door furniture with the cloth to remove any dirt or residue. Rinse the cloth if necessary while cleaning.
Dry the brass door furniture thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Apply 2 or 3 tsp of ketchup to a soft, dry cloth. Or, mix equal parts salt, vinegar and flour in a bowl with a spoon to form a paste and apply it to the brass.
Wipe the brass door furniture with the cloth to remove any tarnish or residue. If you use the salt and vinegar paste, allow it to sit for 10 minutes before wiping it with a clean, damp cloth.
Dampen a cloth with warm water and wring it out. Wipe the brass to remove any cleaning residue.
Dry the brass door furniture with a soft cloth.
Protect unlacquered brass with a light coat of olive oil.
Don't use abrasives or harsh cleaning products on brass.