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How To Take Care of The Brass in Your Mid-Century Furniture and Accessories

There’s no point on having brass mid-century furniture without the proper care

Brass is a material that gives off an impression of richness and nobility. And that’s exactly why it’s so popular: it looks like gold without being expensive. It is a staple material of mid-century style and one that is sure to provide an elegance boost to your decor. That being said, this look will only be there for as long as you preserve your brass. Today, we’ll be giving you a few tips on how to do it!


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It is very important to take care of your brass pieces in order to keep its polished look. But first, you should make sure your piece is in fact made of real brass. This is easily done by putting a magnet against it: if it sticks, it’s not brass. Once you determine the piece is indeed brass, you are ready to start cleaning it up.

1 – Smaller items

The cleaning process is fairly easy for smaller items such as figurines and frames. All you have to do is fill up your sink with lukewarm water enough to entirely dip your brass-made pieces. Then, add a small amount of gentle soap and and let the items soak for anything between 2 to 5 minutes. Once that’s done, gently wash the sopa off and dry the piece using a soft cloth.

How To Take Care of The Brass in Your Mid-Century Furniture and Accessories

2 – Bigger items

Bigger items like chandeliers will definitely not fit in your sink, so the alternative is to use cleaning rags. The basic ingredients are the same, water and gentle soap or mild detergent. Simple make a mixture of water and soap and clean your items with a wet rag. Keep cleaning until the brass is all shiny and glossy again and then use a dry cloth.

How To Take Care of The Brass in Your Mid-Century Furniture and Accessories

3 – Cleaning solutions

If you want to avoid artificial cleaning solutions, there are plenty of household items that you can use as substitutes. For example, lemon and salt are very practical and cheap solutions. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl, add salt and mix until everything forms a paste. Then, take a clean, dry cloth, dip it in the paste and rub it into the brass furniture. Then, dry it off with a dry cloth.

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But if you don’t want to create your own cleaning solutions, artificial or otherwise, you can always find specialty brass cleaning products. Each will come with instructions that you must follow carefully.

4 – Protect using lacquer

Besides cleaning, you can also protect your brass items using lacquer, which will protect them from dirt and debris, ensuring they will look good as new for many years to come. Before you add lacquer, make sure you give a good clean to your brass item.

How To Take Care of The Brass in Your Mid-Century Furniture and Accessories

Editor’s choice – Kelly bar chair

Not many pieces made of brass are as stunning as Kelly bar chair. Inspired by the sculpted arches from the bar in the classic movie Casablanca, it’s a timeless and unforgettable piece.

How To Preserve the Brass in Your Mid-Century Furniture and Accessories

Besides being stylish, it is made to be comfortable and stand the test of time. The entire body is made of polished brass and features a low back, a foot rail and brown leather on the seat. Truly a luxurious statement piece.

How To Preserve the Brass in Your Mid-Century Furniture and Accessories

READ MORE: 5 Ideas on How to Use Dining Chairs with Brass Legs this Christmas


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