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Windows and Doors > Brass Hardware

Alberto VOS Hair Spray. To prevent tarnish from forming on freshly polished brass doorknobs and hinges, spray Alberto V05 Hair Spray on the brass object to add a protective coating.

Bounce. Polish brass doorknobs and hinges with a clean, used Bounce dryer sheet.

French’s Mustard. Cover the brass object with French’s Mustard, wait ten minutes) then rinse clean with water. The vinegar in the mustard helps clean the tarnish from the brass.

Gold Medal Flour, Morton Salt, and Heinz White Vinegar. Mix equal parts Gold Medal Flour and Morton Salt and add one teaspoon Heinz White Vinegar to make a thick paste. Spread a thick layer of the salty flour on doorknobs and hinges and let dry. Rinse and wipe off paste. The vinegar helps clean the tarnish from the brass, and the salty dough is a mild abrasive.

Heinz Ketchup. Cover the brass object with Heinz Ketchup, let sit for ten minutes, then rinse clean. The acids from the tomatoes and the acetic acid from the vinegar clean brass.

Kool-Aid. Mix the contents of one packet of any flavor Kool Aid with two quarts water and soak your brass in the fruit- flavored drink. The citric acid cleans brass. (Be sure to discard the Kool-Aid afterward so nobody accidentally drinks it.)

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. To clean tarnish from brass, apply Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce with a damp cloth, rub gently, and then rinse clean.

Morton Salt and ReaLemon. Make a paste from Morton Salt and ReaLemon lemon juice, scrub gently, and then rinse with water.

Parsons’ Ammonia. Scrub brass lightly with a soft brush dampened with Parsons’ Ammonia.

 

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