How to Clean a Brass Plated Lamp

Brass, an alloy of zinc and copper, lends a luxurious touch to lamps and other light fixtures. The metal's shiny golden color and resistance to tarnish makes it a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor fixtures. Unlacquered brass requires special cleaning products and methods to maintain its lustrous finish. Acidic products remove a thin layer of brass particles and tarnish to restore the metal's shine.

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Clean brass regularly to prevent tarnish.

Step 1

Unplug the brass plated lamp and remove the light bulb if necessary.

Step 2

Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp. salt in a bowl. Mix in flour until it reaches a paste-like consistency.

Step 3

Dip a cloth in the paste and wipe a thick layer over the brass-plated lamp. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Wipe the brass-plated lamp with a clean, wet cloth to rinse.

Step 5

Dry the brass-plated lamp with a clean, soft cloth and buff it to a shine.