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How to Clean Brushed Brass

If you’ve bought a new brushed brass tap, shower or accessory and are in need of some cleaning and aftercare guidance, you’re in the right place! Here’s a handy guide for how to treat brushed brass at home.

How to Clean Brushed Brass

As long as you regularly clean your brushed brass assets, they will continue to look great in your bathroom and stand the test of time. Here’s what you need to know:

Daily Cleaning

To maintain the sparkling finish of your brushed brass, ensure you rinse away traces of soap and grime with a soft cloth after each use. You can place a cloth next to the taps so that you don’t forget to give it a polish after use. Regularly drying your brass assets will prevent any water damage and watermarks from showing on the surface.

Defeating Limescale

Natural materials work best for cleaning brushed brass, and white vinegar can help to treat and prevent limescale. Simply use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water and leave this on your brass product for a few minutes before rinsing. Be sure not to leave this solution on for too long as it could damage the surface of your brass. Natural materials are always best for cleaning bathrooms, and are usually a cost effective alternative to forking out for various cleaning products.

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Harsh Chemicals

Avoid using harsh chemicals on your brushed brass products as this can also affect the quality of the material. This includes: toothpaste, nail polish remover, perfumes and any cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals. 

Soft Materials Only

Brushed brass can be a delicate material, therefore easy to scratch. Using soft cloths is the best practice for brass, as brushes and scouring pads could damage the surface, creating permanent marks.

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Unlacquered Brass

Unlacquered brass is slightly different from the classic brushed brass material. It has a more rustic, tarnished finish, and is manufactured without a coating which exposes it to the elements, giving it a ‘living’ finish. This makes it great for industrial bathrooms and kitchens.

How to Clean Unlacquered Brass

Unlacquered brass is pretty low maintenance to care for, as the rustic finish looks best when it’s left alone to age. Frequently wiping unlacquered brass with a soft cloth and dish soap will be enough to remove smudges and grime, and a paper towel can be used to buff it.

If you’re looking to keep your unlacquered brass polished, you can buff a small amount of brass polish on the surface to keep it looking how it did the day you bought it.


For more cleaning information, we have guides for how to care for your matt black taps and much more, all over on our handy blog.

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