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Cleaning brass items for Diwali is a great way to welcome in both the festival & a feeling of freshness in the home! Learn how to clean brassware here.

Diwali is all about new beginnings – whether it is making new purchases or giving things a new lease on life by scrubbing them clean. Cleaning your most-loved brass items for Diwali is a great start to bringing in the festival of lights. Most puja accessories, including idols and lamps, are made from brass and consequently require a great deal of care and attention, but not everyone knows how to clean brassware correctly.

Effective brass item cleaning is therefore something that’s worth understanding, especially as it means that even your old school candelabras can look spanking new! Here are our top tips for how to clean brass items for Diwali:

Identify your brassware correctly

Be careful of polishing your antique brass items as it may lead to decreased sale value.

The first step in cleaning brass items for Diwali is to perform a simple test to see if a magnet sticks to the object. If it does, then it’s brass-plated, which therefore means it merely needs some gentle cleaning with water and detergent to avoid damaging it.

However, if the magnet does not stick, then that means that your item is most likely comprised of solid brass and therefore requires a slightly more complex cleaning process. Read on to discover how to clean brassware correctly.

The cleaning process for brass changes if the object is lacquered
If your brass object has a glossy coating, this means it is lacquered and therefore only needs to be wiped with a damp cloth. However, if your item is un-lacquered than there are several ways in which you can effectively clean it, these include:

·    Cleaning liquid - the easiest way to clean your brassware is with a store-bought liquid and cloth.

·    Ketchup - squeeze a dash of the condiment onto a soft, clean cloth and rub hard to remove any dullness. Use a further clean, damp cloth to
     wipe off any residue and finish by buffing it with a soft, clean dry cloth.

·    Dish soap - to remove simple dust and grime, soak it in warm water with a drop or two of mild dish soap, then clean with a soft cloth or a
      toothbrush to reach smaller, more intricate areas.

·    Vinegar, salt & flour paste - combine a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of vinegar and enough flour to form a paste. Then apply this paste to the
      item, leave for 10 minutes and rinse off. Wipe dry and buffer.

·    Salt, vinegar & water solution - add two tablespoons of both salt and vinegar to a cup of warm water to rinse the item and then dry with a soft

·    Pure lemon juice – cover your brassware in freshly squeezed lemon juice to clean it; you can also rub the cut lemons directly on to the object.
      Rinse and wipe with a damp cloth, then buff with a dry one.

Incorrectly cleaning brassware can permanently damage it
Please note that if your brassware item is an antique, polishing it might affect its sale value so it is essential to avoid polishing the patina off completely. Sometimes, old is gold, when it comes to brassware!

During Diwali, there are several brass items that are used for ceremonies including lamps, urlis, idols and even platters. Wipe lacquered brass items with a damp cloth to give them a shine.

Get ahead on your Diwali preparations by making sure your brass ware looks shining new in time for the festivities to begin.

Be careful of polishing your antique brass items as it may lead to decreased sale value.

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