Antique light fixtures of brass that are outdoors should be regularly cleaned to remove dust and debris buildup. Cleaning methods vary according to the finishing of the work piece. The lacquered brass has a thin and light coating, which helps protect it from the elements. If the old brass is lacquered, it should only be cleaned with water. Using chemicals can make it matte. If the material is not varnished, the piece can be cleaned with household cleaners or specific.
Lacquered brass fixtures
- Dampen a cloth in warm water
- Rub the cloth over the luminary to remove dust and debris on antique light fixtures. Rinse again and moisten the cloth if necessary. Continue until the brass is clean.
- Wipe the lamp with a towel to prevent water spots.
None lacquered brass fixtures: homemade cleaning product
- Add a tea spoon of salt to 1/2 cup of vinegar. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Add 1/2 cup flour to obtain a similar consistency pulp. Add more vinegar if the mixture is too thick or more flour if it gets too watery.
- Soak a cloth in the mixture. Rub the mixture over the brass fitting. Continue to coat it completely with the paste. Leave to act for ten minutes.
- Clean the folder and the residue with a soft, damp cloth.
- Buff the surface dry with a towel or dry cloth.
Lamps not lacquered brass: brass cleaner
- Apply a small amount of product specific cleaning brass cloth.
- Rub the cloth over the luminary to remove dust and dirt on antique light fixtures. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions as to how long the product should remain on the brass.
- Remove the product from the lamp using a soft cloth.
4. Buff the surface dry with a towel or dry cloth.