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How To Keep Brass Jewelry From Tarnishing

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I remember back when I was in high school that popular girls and boys always wore gold jewelry, and their friends wore silver. As cool as that was, wearing copper and brass was too. Copper and brass was not as popular since it was pricey to keep up. You have to know how to keep brass jewelry from tarnishing, and we are going to show you how in this blog post. Before we get deeper into the tips to clean it, I want to explain what tarnish means.

Does brass tarnish? To tarnish is to lose luster. When it comes to metal, all it takes for it to tarnish is exposure to air and moisture. As I went deeper into this topic, I learned that tarnishing goes far beyond metal. It is occurring right before our eyes daily. It happens to the simple items that we see every day. Those simple items include our precious brass jewelry pieces. Handling them with care is the best thing to do.

Brass jewelry was popular in ancient times. It is known for providing many potentially healing benefits to those wearing it. It may have a positive effect on your internal body. It also has a positive impact on the outside. Brass may be one of the best metals to bring peacefulness by eliminating negative influences.

The brass jewelry that you see everyday is composed of a blend of copper and zinc. The potential benefits of both of these elements are that they may help kill harmful microbes. They could also potentially help stimulate the flow of energy and create balance within the body.

Oxidation

How did my brass jewelry get tarnished?

Tarnishing is a chemical process your jewelry undergoes once it gets exposure to air. Everything goes through this stage, but we’re talking about brass here. Brass rusts over time. For instance, swimmers wearing brass jewelry do not often see the effects when they go into the water. With the sensitivity of brass, though, tarnishing won’t take long to see.

Your jewelry has a layer that prevents tarnishing. Over time, that layer disappears. That is how it gets tarnished. It needs to be cleaned and recoated. To the naked eye that knows nothing about brass, the effects will go unnoticed. In this article, I will show you four steps that can be implemented on a daily basis when it comes to brass.

Polishing cloth here comes the shine!

Preparation

I applaud the fact that you have recognized that your brass jewels are in bad shape. Research shows that many people ignore the signs. I am one of the many that missed it. When I was in economics class, I remember practicing this. I just participated in it to get a good grade at the time, but now I know that I really needed all the valuable knowledge I gained.

As I got older, I had to remember those simple steps. I often do research online and find that there are many wrong ways to do things. There are many shortcuts for cleaning things, but it is not that simple when it comes to brass. Now, when I see someone with tarnished jewels, I tend to offer them advice on cleaning it.

Household polishing items

  • Vinegar and salt
  • Lemon Juice and Salt
  • Ketchup or tomato paste
  • Toothpaste
  • Yogurt
  • Baking Soda

These methods are often included in guides about cleaning jewelry properly. They are safe but not as useful in this particular cleaning process as a polishing cloth such as the Champion Polishing Cloth.

Polishing Cloth perfectly polish anything.

1.Clean it Daily

When you clean windows, you want them as shiny as possible, right? So you use the right chemicals to make it that way. The same goes when you take your car to the car wash to be waxed. The cloth they use has chemicals that give it a shine and a protective coating. You need reliable materials to help it get that way.

Let’s say that you do that every Saturday. That method is more extensive when it comes to brass. You have to apply this every week. If you are active while wearing your brass jewelry daily, you may want to do it every day. In this tip, we will reveal the difference between a lubricated cloth and an un-lubricated one.

Pair of wedding rings.
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The Lubricated Cloth

We have a lubricated cloth for brass available on our website, the Champion Polishing Cloth. It is excellent for cleaning copper and brass.

Typical household rags could be all that you need. Get it, wash it, dry it, and use it. It’s a simple task but buying one like the Champion Polishing Cloth makes things a lot easier. You want an excellent cloth because it will help you with shining your jewelry. Using such a high-performance polishing cloth will help to extend the endurance of your jewelry, so it makes a worthwhile purchase.

The Un-lubricated Cloth

Common microfiber cloths also work, but we recommend the lubricated ones such as the Champion Polishing Cloth. A solution of household items like vinegar, salt, and flour could make an effective lubricant. Combine them to make a paste to clean your brass. Rub it into the brass, let it sit about 10 minutes, rinse it, then buff and dry.

The cloth is what you make it to be. When it comes to cleaning brass, you must be creative. There is a way to do it right, even when you don’t have the proper tools. We are delighted to present this to you. Stay tuned to read the next tips.

2. Daily Cleaning Keeps Brass from Tarnishing

Doing this takes excellent effort, but it is worth it. Start doing it with warm soap and water. Collect all of the pieces that you want to clean. If it is small pieces, lay them in the water and soap. Let them sit for a while before taking them out and drying them.

At Champion Supplies, we encourage this. Many wait until special occasions to clean their jewelry, thinking that their everyday lotions or soaps do not cause tarnishing. It’s not much, but it does. Don’t make that same mistake. Clean it all the time to make sure that it stays looking its best.

Champion Premium Blue.
Champion Premium Blue

Easier Said Than Done

Keeping brass from tarnishing is easier said than done. Research has proven that it is automatic. Once the oxygen of the air hits the brass, tarnishing is sure to come. The best thing you could do with brass is to be very cautious. Cleaning brass is a lot of labor when using common household items.

With the Champion Polishing Cloth, cleaning brass items no longer is a long and difficult process. All of the polishing agents that are required are already imbued within the cloth. Simply apply pressure to the desired area that needs polishing, buff, and voila! All finished!

Pocket watch.
A high-performance polishing cloth can go a long way in restoring the luster to your favorite brass and copper pieces.

Coat It

The right word for coating is lacquering. Once you polish, coat it with a layer of clear sealer. The brass that you have came with a coat. Over time, it will wear out.

Despite the great benefits, this has proven to alter the appearance of brass. You cannot apply lacquer to many ancient artifacts because of this. Coating such objects involves extreme caution. It is difficult using it. There is also difficultly when you try to remove it.

Polishing cloth, clean, shine, protect.

3. It’s Time For Ketchup

No, your brass is not food. Research shows that this is very effective when cleaning brass. The mild acid is very beneficial when it comes to cleaning. It removes tarnish and dirt. Ketchup brings these old, tarnished products back into shape.

The acid in ketchup has been known to be vital in cleaning jewels for years. There was a woman online that said, “I had a heavily tarnished bracelet. Instead of me taking it to a professional cleaner, I went to the store and bought ketchup.” Within a few hours, she restored her jewelry.

Bread with ketchup.
Didn’t think ketchup could remove the tarnish from your copper and brass jewelry? Think again!

Small Jewelry

Examples of this type of jewelry will be chains and earrings. You will need a small bowl and a small brush. Fill the bowl with your jewelry. Engulf the tarnished jewels with just enough ketchup. After that, just sit back and wait.

The amount of time to let it sit may vary. It depends on the condition of the tarnished jewelry. After waiting, remove the jewels and run them under warm water. Use that brush to reach tough-to-reach areas. In the end, it will be like new.

Large Jewelry

The method is a little bit more aggressive. You have to use the brush more for this. Many I have seen used a toothbrush. It is dipped in the ketchup and worked around the brass. Of course, the brass must sit for a while. After it’s out of the ketchup, it’s rinsed with warm water. The difference after this is overwhelming.

A reliable brush is vital for them both, and patience is too. If the jewels do not come out the way you want, you could simply repeat the process.

4. Create A Protective Layer

Brass will tarnish without protection. So why not clean it and enjoy the beauty forever? Sealing is the easiest part of this process. It is just time-consuming. In a museum, periodic maintenance is necessary. If that’s what a museum does, what do you think needs to be done for your everyday jewels?

Once your brass is clean and polished, what’s left behind must be eliminated. To remove it, you must find out what you need. You can utilize everyday household products to get the job done. Normally, olive oil or coconut oil is used. These oils not only help remove tarnish, but they create a protective layer.

Clean copper and brass jewelry on a table.
Clean copper and brass jewelry.

Olive Oil

Olive oil isn’t just used to cook. Many things in this world require it, and brass is one. Rub a few drops onto the jewels with a piece of microfiber cloth. Remove the excess oil with a dry cloth. In the end, the results should be a more clean, spotless, and shinier surface. You will love the appearance after it’s finished.

Despite the results, this oil will not be abrasive once it is in contact with other skin oils. The right olive oil is vital here. There are numerous brands in stores, but they are not all pure. Olive oil is also used to clean garden tools, to silence squeaky door hinges, and to prevent razors from rusting. All of these items have brass in them.

Coconut Oil

In numerous areas, this is productive around the house. This oil is in high demand within homes right now. It can handle tough jobs like greasing. It is also known for creating a protective layer for brass jewelry.

What it does is quite similar to olive oil. The only difference between the two is safety for the brass. Research has proven it to be a more safe option to use on brass. This oil is not a liquid, and it dissolves pretty quickly when you apply it to brass.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, beautiful, shiny brass jewelry at last! Does brass tarnish? Yes, but as you can see, there are many effective ways to clean brass and remove that tarnish that inevitably forms on it over time.

While you can definitely make use of numerous household items to clean your brass, by far the easiest method is to use a polishing cloth such as the Champion Polishing Cloth.

With a cloth like this, all the polishing agents you need are already included in the cloth and the cloth can be used to not only polish your brass items, but all other surfaces that you need to polish as well!

Polishing cloth small cloth, huge results.

With this small cloth that produces massive polishing results, you’ll inevitably not only save countless hours, but also tons of money as well. The days of spending hours and hours polishing away tarnish will be gone, and there’s no need to buy polishing agents ever again, since one cloth equals 1 gallon of metal polish!

Hopefully, this blog post has been useful in figuring out how to keep brass jewelry from tarnishing. Happy polishing!

4 thoughts on “How To Keep Brass Jewelry From Tarnishing

  1. Thank you so much for this piece!

    1. You’re welcome, Rossa! Thanks for reading!

  2. Will coating it in an oil such as olive or coconut be a solution that works for a few days? Or will it be a more long term solution? Im wanting to make my own ring from a piece of brass, but I want to know that I can keep it shiny and reflective. Its not going to be worn every day, if at all, just something to have. I have a buffing compound and a buffing wheel, so should that be enough to keep it untarnished? Or should I also coat it in a protective layer of some kind? So many questions! Thanks!

    1. Hi Owen! The various ideas that you mentioned may work. With that said, you may want to consider our Champion Polishing Cloth. We have many customers along both East and West coasts that have repeatedly told us that since using our polishing cloth, they’ve noticed that whatever they’re cleaning stays tarnish-free far, far longer than anything they’ve used before. Understand that along the coastal areas, there is a lot of salt in the air, which is highly corrosive and causes tarnishing very quickly. We’ve had fantastic results coming from boat owners that need to clean their brass items on the boat and they consistently rave about how effective the Champion Polishing Cloth is at removing tarnish, but critically they say that the shine remains for a very long time. Our cloth leaves behind an invisible protective coating that hinders any tarnishing. This is a product that has been around since 1929. It is non-toxic and delivers the kind of time-tested, old-fashioned performance that simply is hard to find today. Still, any of your DIY solutions may help in diminishing tarnishing.

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