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You Will Need
- Soft cotton cloth
- Dish soap
- Rubber gloves
- Linseed oil
- Specialist or curator (optional)
Determine if brass is lacquered
Determine whether your brass is lacquered, and whether to clean over the lacquer or to remove the lacquer and clean the brass beneath it.
Start with soapy water
Clean unlacquered brass with hot soapy water and a soft cotton cloth, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands. Dampen the cloth, wipe down your brass, and then dry it immediately with a fresh cloth.
Boil linseed oil
Boil linseed oil and apply to a clean cloth. Wipe the brass again to remove lingering dirt or oils that have built up on the surface, and buff it dry.
Make a paste
Make a paste with equal parts vinegar, salt, and flour if your brass is plagued with stubborn grime. Apply the paste and let it set for an hour or two.
Remove the paste with warm water and then dry your brass with a clean, soft cloth. Repeat paste applications if necessary.
Remove tarnish that builds up. Clean and polish your brass regularly. Lacquer the brass.