How to Remove Tarnish Off Brass-Plated Lamps

Brass is a common metal used in households. Manufacturers make brass or brass-plated beds, bathroom and kitchen hardware and lamps. Brass plate is an alloy in which a very thin layer of brass is fused to the surface of another metal. Over time, a brass-plated lamp gets tarnish, which appears as green or grey film. It's necessary to remove tarnish gently so as not to remove the brass plate as well.

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You must gently remove tarnish from brass-plated lamps.

Step 1

Unplug the lamp and remove the light bulb.

Step 2

Dust the lamp to remove any surface dust or dirt.

Step 3

Mix ½ cup vinegar with 1 tbs. salt in a bowl. Add enough flour to create a thick paste.

Step 4

Dip a cotton cloth into the paste and apply to tarnish on the lamp.

Step 5

Keep the paste on the lamp for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Wet a cloth and wipe off the paste. Rinse the cloth and repeat until you remove all paste.

Step 7

Dry lamp with a cloth. Then rub lamp until the brass plate shines.