When we bought our house, we really should have replaced the door hardware that is pretty worn out, but I had other priorities. After a couple of years of looking at the dingy knobs and locks, I got tired of it and figured there was an easy, cheap solution. My husband was very familiar with Brasso after his time in the Navy, so he picked up a bottle at Home Depot a few weeks ago. 20 minutes later, my front door had a face lift!
Here is the Before:
And here is the After:
The deadbolt still has a big crack in it, but at least it isn’t green with tarnish!
House numbers Before:
Cleaning with Brasso is as simple as rubbing a dime-sized amount of Brasso over the surface using a dry paper towel. When the towel gets dirty, repeat, until the fixture is shiny and clean. Then buff with a clean paper towel or soft cloth. I wore rubber gloves just to be safe.
You can use Brasso to clean and shine stainless steel, aluminum, chrome, pewter, brass, bronze and copper (but NOT silver). It is not recommended for brass-plated metal because it can remove the brass-plating. To tell if an item is brass or brass-plated, put a magnet on it. If the magnet sticks, the item is brass-plated. If it doesn’t stick, the item is brass.
Such an easy thing that makes such a difference!