Many door handles are made of brass. Brass is a combination of zinc, copper, and sometimes other types of metals. Brass is a material that has been used by ancient civilizations and modern society because of its durability and elegance. However, dirt and oil that comes from our hands can make the surface of the brass door handle becomes dull and can eventually diminish the color. If you want to restore the luster of the brass handle, there are various cleaning methods that require natural ingredients at home. One method is to use white vinegar. Check out our explanation below on how to clean your brass door handle.
Prepare to clean the brass handle
- Find out if the handle to be cleaned is made of brass material. Hold a magnet next to the brass object and see if the magnet is attached to the object. If the magnet attaches, then the possibility of the object is actually made of iron or steel coated with brass. However, if the magnet is not attached, it means the object is made of brass.
- Make sure whether the door handles should be cleaned or not. If you are not sure what to do next to clean up the brass objects, consult the experts and discuss the cleaning options you want to do. Sometimes patina (a turquoise blue color formed on brass and copper) can add uniqueness to the brass and should be left alone. Patina can be used to determine the age of a brass object, its current state, and its potential value. The attempt to remove or alter the patina on a brass object can significantly affect its value.
Is the brass handle varnished?
- Find out if the brass is varnished or not. In the modern brass door handle, the outer varnish layer acts as a protection against oxidation. However, ancient brass objects usually do not have a layer of varnish. The varnish-coated brass will usually fade if there is a crack in its varnish layer. The lacquered brass object only needs soapy water to clean it.
Steps to clean brass door handles using vinegar
- Create a cleaning solution consisting of water, vinegar, and salt. Mix 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar into 350 ml of hot water. Mix all ingredients into spray bottles. Prepare a soft cloth or you can also use a smooth sponge. Spray the solution onto the surface of the dull brass door handle. Rub gently until the stain disappears so as not to damage the fragile part. In addition, by rubbing it too hard can also make scratches on the brass surface. Once it is done, dry with another clean cloth. Let the handle dry completely before you use it.
Polish the brass handle
- Make sure the handle is clean of dust and dirt before it begins to be polished. There are various types of commercial brass polish, but you can make your own brass polish with lemon. Cut the lemon into two pieces and wring it out. Add baking soda or wheat flour until pasta is formed. This mixture requires about one teaspoon or more baking soda/wheat flour. Then apply the pasta to the brass using a soft cloth.