How to Clean Tarnish From Satin Nickel

Satin nickel, also known as brushed nickel, is commonly used to make faucets and hardware because of its resistance to tarnish and ability to disguise water spots and fingerprints. Satin nickel is plated over a brass base and brushed to create a matte, lustrous look. Tarnish can occur on satin nickel due to oxidation, especially if the nickel plating wears down. Tarnish appears as a dark, dull film. Remove tarnish from satin nickel using common household items to restore its bright appearance.

Step 1

Apply 1 tsp. of ketchup to a soft cloth. Or, mix equal parts white vinegar and salt in a container.

Step 2

Wipe the satin nickel with the cloth to remove tarnish. Add more ketchup as needed. If you use the salt and vinegar method, dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the nickel with the cloth.

Step 3

Dampen a clean, soft cloth with water and wipe the brushed nickel to remove any cleaning residue.

Step 4

Dry the nickel with a clean cloth.