Cleaning polished brass involves a gentle approach to avoid scratching or damaging the shiny finish. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean polished brass:

Materials Needed:

  1. Mild dish soap or a gentle brass cleaner
  2. Warm water
  3. Soft, lint-free cloth or sponge
  4. Microfiber cloth or soft towel
  5. Brass polish (optional)
  6. Soft-bristled toothbrush or an old toothbrush (optional)


  1. Dust Removal:

    • Begin by dusting the polished brass item with a soft, dry cloth to remove any loose dirt or dust.
  2. Prepare Cleaning Solution:

    • Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Ensure the water is not too hot.
  3. Dampen Cloth or Sponge:

    • Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth or sponge in the soapy water. Wring out excess water to avoid dripping.
  4. Clean Gently:

    • Gently wipe the polished brass surface with the damp cloth or sponge. Use light pressure to prevent scratching. Pay attention to areas with fingerprints or grime.
  5. Rinse with Clean Water:

    • Rinse the cloth or sponge in clean water and wipe the brass surface again to remove any soap residue.
  6. Dry Thoroughly:

    • Dry the polished brass thoroughly with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or towel. Ensure there is no moisture left on the surface.
  7. Optional: Brass Polish:

    • If the polished brass has tarnished or lost its shine, you can use a brass polish. Apply a small amount of brass polish to a soft cloth and gently rub it onto the brass in circular motions. Follow the product's instructions, and make sure to choose a polish suitable for polished finishes.
  8. Detailing with Toothbrush (if needed):

    • For intricate or hard-to-reach areas, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an old toothbrush dipped in the soapy water to clean. Be gentle and avoid using excessive force.
  9. Buff if Necessary:

    • If you've used brass polish, you may want to buff the surface with a clean, dry cloth to enhance the shine.

Always test any cleaning product or method on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't damage the polished brass finish. Additionally, follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and maintenance if available.