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How do you clean badly tarnished brass?

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Tarnish can be removed from brass with a homemade paste of vinegar, salt and flour. The mildly acidic vinegar combines with the abrasive salt to remove tarnish as the object is scrubbed.

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Brass items are made from either solid brass or brass-plated steel. Care must be taken when cleaning brass-plated objects because scrubbing too vigorously or with a highly abrasive substance can remove brass right down to the steel.

Brass is often lacquered to protect the sheen. Lacquered brass should only be cleaned with a mild detergent. If lacquered brass is tarnished, it might be necessary to remove the lacquer finish before the tarnish can be removed.

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