I still get lots of pins from this post and I really could do with revisiting this with one more brass handle from church!
|Before & After|
I already did the two front handles, they both looked shiny, shiny, shiny when I'd finished with them like the one on the right there. But I took my time doing the inside handle and letterbox so I could show you how I did it.
So here's what I needed to clean.
|Brass letter box, handle & Push sign|
I started with the push sign cos it was the smallest. I'm all about results me!
Ok, I'm fairly predictable! I must admit though that after doing scrubbing with these I had a hankering for pancakes with lemon and sugar....so that's what we had!
Anyway, coat the items with sugar and then drop on enough lemon juice to saturate the sugar. You can leave it to soak for a while if you like.
With the small push sign I just used an ordinary green topped scrubby pad and a small amount of elbow grease and here's how it came out.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
So, onto the indoor handle.
It was so tarnished I wasn't sure what I would find when I scrubbed but I coated it and left it to soak.
I got at it with the scrubby and...urm....
....then I decided it wasn't hardcore enough and I needed back up scrubbers...
I didn't realise brillo was now part of the Mr Muscle range....anyway, moving on, I got scrubbing and discovered what was underneath all that browny tarnish.
Yet more tarnish! I think that the first layer of tarnish is on top of the layer of clear varnish which is on top of the brass. The actual spindly handle has come up lovely and shiny but I think I need some paint stripper for the next bit before I can scrub away that tarnish. Bah, I'd been hoping to do without chemicals.
Anyway, this one's still in my to do pile.
But I did move onto the letter box. As you do...
This letterbox took a lot of scrubbing. A LOT! This kind of cleaning is not for the faint hearted (or weak of arms). It took about 3 or 4 lots of 45 minute (ish) scrubbing sessions. I can't remember accurately...it's all blurred into one LONG scrubbing sessions! Anyway, I did take a picture of it after the first two sets of scrubbing.
I was cheered up by uncovering that gorgeous braid trim along the bottom. Who would have thought that underneath that grimy browness (that's a new word, do you like it?) would actually be shininess! (apparently blogger accepts that as a word but not blogger...odd).
Anyway, some more scrubbing later and a good old polish up with this is called for.
When this says to use a small amount it means SMALL! Put a teeny, weeny amount on with a soft cloth and polish it off again straight afterwards. Your cloth will go black where you've polished it off but the brass will be shiny!
Personally I'm not 100% happy with it, but that's cos I'm pernickity!
Here it is in situ on the front doors in my before and after.
Ok, let's be honest, with elbow grease it is easy peasy lemon squeezy but you have to be committed to scrubbing!