Before using this cleaning tip, determine if your brass is solid or plated. Plated brass pieces need a little more care so as to not wear off the brass plating. If a small magnet doesn’t stick to the piece, it is solid brass. To clean; use soapy warm water and a microfiber cleaning cloth and dry. For tougher cleaning jobs, coat the piece with ketchup and leave for an hour or so before rinsing. Another trick: mix equal parts flour, salt and vinegar to make a paste and coat the piece and let sit for up to an hour- rinse and dry.
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