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How To Care For, Preserve And Restore Antique Brass

May 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 221

For many people who own older turn-of-the-century type homes, it is often discovered that brass has been used extensively throughout the house, in light fittings and switches, staircase banisters and railings, and even in the curtain rods hanging in every room. Whilst many people prefer the appearance of polished brass, the antique metal actually becomes more valuable once it has developed a patina with age. If you have found antique brass somewhere in your home, this guide will help you to care for it, preserve it and restore it.

How to care for antique brass

Failing to clean antique brass properly can actually destroy it, so it is highly important to complete this process carefully if you want to retain the natural beauty of the metal. Whilst there are many products on the market that proclaim to keep antique brass in optimum condition, many of them don't actually work all that well.

The best way to care for brass is clean it without harsh chemicals. Take some warm, soapy water and a microfiber cloth, using them to remove any dust or grime that may have formed on the surface of your antique brass. Avoid using regular washcloths, brushes or even paper towels, as these are much too abrasive for the metal.

How to preserve antique brass

To lock in the patina that people so love about their antique brass items, you can apply an olive or linseed oil to the surface using a microfiber cloth. Avoid using the brass sealants that are available at hardware stores, as these are only effective for new metal and can actually destroy the antique finish that you are trying to preserve.

When applying olive or linseed oil to your antique brass, rub the items with circular motions until they are completely coated, then allow them to sit for at least 10 minutes. Use a dry microfiber cloth the remove any excess oil to avoid damage caused by contaminants sticking to the surface.

How to restore antique brass

If you are one of those people who hate the antique-y look that your brass develops over time, there is a way to potentially restore it to a more new appearance. First, you will need to ensure that your item is actually in a good enough condition to remove the patina without causing further damage by checking for cracks,flakes or black spots.

Use a specialized brass or metal cleaner, such as Brasso, to restore your antique items. Apply it to the metal's surface with a cloth and gently polish, being sure to remove any excess cleaner with a damp cloth. Remember that, by using a chemical cleaner on your brass, you are etching away at the brass itself, which considerably weakens the item.

This article is shared by John Taylor on the behalf of Highett Metal. Highett Metal is a reputed metal dealer in melbourne offering services like brass rod, copper tubes and aluminium.

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