Metal fixtures, fittings and accessories take up ample room in our households. From sinks, to statues, jewelry to doorknobs you can find a ready example anywhere you look. However time and use can cause these attractive pieces to dull and tarnish with time. So if you’re looking for some handy solutions to making your steel shine and your brass cleaner we’ve got some easy remedies you can find right at your fingertips.
Everyone has a can of this multi-purpose lubricant in their garage or under the kitchen sink. But did you know the many uses of the spray extend to polishing and finishing all sorts of metals. Try it out yourself; find a brass fitting in your house that’s become tarnished. Detach the plastic straw from your can and attach it to the nozzle. Spray a small amount onto a soft, clean cloth; and rub into the dull brass with a continuous circular motion. You’ll find yourself amazed to see it work in gas an effective brass cleaner. Wiping away years of accumulated dirt and grime to get your metal looking as good as new. For bigger more heavier duty metal objects you can pour the WD-40® Multi-Purpose
product in a bucket and let the object soak for a bit, you’ll watch that build up slide rigt off!
2. Baking Soda & Vinegar Solution
A home based remedy that can prove quite effective in removing dirt from metal is baking soda mixed with vinegar. From science experiments at school most of us will know, that mixing these two ingredients together results in fizzing paste that works wonders on miniature volcanoes. Coat your fixture or surface with a good dollop of your treatment after its stopped bubbling. Then wait to let the acid eat through the layers of accumulated grime. Use a soft toothbrush to gently brush the mixture against the metal –allowing the small soda particles to rub away the loosened dirt. This treatment is inexpensive and mild enough not to scratch or damage your metal. Once you’ve completed the process, wipe the mixture off with a damp cloth,then dry. When you’ve gotten your steel or brass cleaner,you can apply the final touches by spraying on some WD-40. After a few minutes you can buff the material out to let it shine.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon works similarly to vinegar due to its acidic properties;you can use it in various ways depending on the task at hand. For mild daily use, cut half a lemon and sprinkle on some common salt. You can rub this over the surface of any metal to clear away superficial dirt and grime. Once well applied, wipe away with a dry cloth. While this remedy won’t do any heavy lifting it will certainly work as a superficial steel and brass cleaner. For more thorough cleaning, two parts tartar sauce to one part lemon juice will form a thick paste which you can use to coat heavily tarnished metals. Let the paste work for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water and drying.For the final polish you can once again apply WD-40® and rub in smoothly.
A common coating used for wood and less aesthetic metals , a thick coat can hold for a few years and save your metal from the worst effects of corrosion. However paint itself is vulnerable to damage, often chipping and staining exposing the underlying surface to the elements again. It will also destroy the aesthetic of attractive metals such as brass and steel, in these cases a different corrosion inhibitor might be required.
For metals with parts that move which undergo heavy use, a lubricant such as WD-40®
is a more effective corrosion inhibitor. It won’t crack or peel when dry and it preserves the look of more expensive pieces. While occasional reapplications might be required, you may find this to be a better solution overall.
Using everyday household materials and a can of WD-40®
you can make the most dull objects shine again! So bust out those plastic gloves and lemon slices to your steel, cooper, aluminum and brass cleaner than ever before.