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I am 62 and have been using Brasso for everything from cleaning bicycle wheel chrome to the bottoms of copper saucepans for at least 50 years.Until now.Reckitt Beckhiser have changed the formula and it is now utter rubbish!It is thin, watery, smells of petrol and things no longer stay shiny for more than a couple of days.When I use on my copper pans it stinks the whole house out and won't remove cooking stains like the old formual did.Apparently the formula was changed to comply with US regulations. So what? This is the UK and we can please ourselves (or at least do as Europe tells us, but not yet the USA as far as I know)Bring back proper Brasso I say, otherwise I just won't buy it anymore.
I remember this from my childhood days but have never been a fan of brass. My mother-in-law was a brass collector and used to be regularly seen at the hearth surrounded by various items of brassware being cleaned.
What I remember most is the smell and the fact that the whole process seemed to take ages.
A couple of years ago, soon after the installation of a wood burner, we saw a lovely brass scuttle at auction and bought it for an absolute song. This purchase was closely followed by a brass kettle and iron with tripod; now, without either of us ever being that keen on brass, we have a small collection.
This involuntary acquisition of brassware has necessitated the purchase of our very first can of Brasso. This is a good illustration of when a bargain is not a bargain!
My wife decided that polishing the brass is my job. She's no fool. She can also obviously well recall the time and effort expended by her Mum.
So, our brassware has now been cleaned twice with this noxious smelling substance and even though I say it myself, I have done a damned good job.
The Brasso solution is a dirty cream colour and comes in a little tin containing 175ml. You clean the brassware by first rubbing it in all over the brass. I use an old duster to do this, inverting the bottle over the cloth. As you rub, the brass is turned a dull colour and you get a residue of dirt lifted by the product.
After a few minutes you go back to the item and with a polishing cloth (also a duster) you polish off this dirty black residue and it brings your brassware back to a lovely shine.
With only three pieces, the process doesn't take long, but I wouldn't like to have to do lots of brass so we have agreed that we won't collect any more. If you dust and clean the brassware as you would any other item, the cleaning with Brasso only needs doing every few months.
My tip would be to be very careful on items with lots of little intricate bits of brass or where brass surfaces join. Don't put on too much Brasso where it is likely to get lodged in cracks and crevices. If you do and fail to polish it off properly, these areas will become a magnet for dirt and grime. Less is more when it comes to application and of course your tin will last a lot longer that way as well.
Brasso was introduced to Britain in 1905, so has now been used in our homes for over 100 years. I always remember my mum keeping a tin of this under the kitchen sink and she would take it out on a regular basis, to clean the brass items that sat on and around the fireplace.
I do not have very many brass items, but it does in fact clean not only brass, but copper, pewter and chrome also. We do keep a tin of this in our kitchen cupboard, to clean metal items. We have had the same tin for years now, but thankfully it never seems to 'go off'.
Brasso comes in a metal tin, which is mainly decorated in a blue and white striped pattern. The Brasso name is in white lettering, on an oval, red background. The lid is made of red plastic and is easy to screw on and off. On the back you are given directions on how to use it and also plenty of warnings.
The information on the back is worth taking the time to read, as the product can cause irritation to the skin, is toxic to aquatic organisms and is dangerous to the environment. It also gives off vapours which can make you drowsy and cause dizziness, so should only be used in a well ventilated area.
Brasso is easy to use, but it is also messy as well. I prefer to put an old towel over my legs before I start. I then use an old rag to pour a small amount of Brasso onto and I then rub this over the area I wish to clean. The Brasso starts off as a mustard colour and as you rub it in, it will lift the dirt out of the metal and quickly turn black. After you have rubbed it well in, you then remove it before it dries, with a clean cloth. This cloth will lift off the dirt and polish the metal to a high shine.
It can take a while, to work your way over the entire surface of the item and your cloth will soon be covered in a black oily mess. It is well worth doing though, as the difference it makes is amazing.
Brasso is available from Tesco in a 150ml tin for £2.20, which is excellent value, as it will last for ages.
I definitely would not be without Brasso in the house, it does a fantastic job of cleaning and I have never found a product to beat it.
I was brought up on Brasso and was nearly drowned in it during my National Service. Cap badges, belt buckles and even the partially scraped Brasso tin itself were all 'bulled' till you could see your face in them.Now, sadly, I do not find it has the same polishing power, or is it that I am just getting weak in the elbow in my old age?Michael Ward
STAND BY YOUR BEDS!!!!! ......WAIT FOR IT, WAITTTTTT FOR ITTTTT......... What "Happy" memories Brasso brings back for many people, BULL, BULL and more BULL.
Thankfully there are many more uses for this good old favourite other than polishing Buttons, Buckles and Badges. Mind you I do enjoy the 3 Bs as well.
Brasso has been doing the "rounds" for around a hundred years or so and still seems as good to me today as it did years ago - "Rose tinted specs" again??? No I don't think so. It still looks the same, smells the same, tastes the same - don't try that at home please... and it seems to work just the same. It's just a good old fashioned Metal polish that removes Tarnishing and staining. You will need to use Elbow grease with Brasso if you want "Tip top" results. It's very easy to get the muck off, but if you want a "Parade ground" shine then get that Elbow working - you will be well pleased with the results.
It is a yellowish, Brassy coloured liquid, not too thick but not too watery, it soaks nicely into your cleaning cloth, but doesn't run through. It can be used on the vast majority of Metals with good results, particularly Brass - see above, Pewter and Copper respond well to its attentions as do most others. I would not use it on Gold or Silver plate as it is relatively abrasive and can soon cut through the plating - you have been warned.
Application is easy, soak a cloth wrapped round your Index finger with a little of the liquid. Simply place your cloth clad finger over the end of the can, tip it up and remove. There is enough liquid imparted onto the cloth like this - you do not need any more - use it sparingly for best results. Apply the liquid to the area / object you wish to clean and rub gently / hard with a circular motion. If you end up with a Black mark on the cloth under your finger you are working it hard enough, if you ain't - try harder. Allow the polish to ALMOST dry and then polish off with a clean cloth - rub hard for a great shine. It is a little messy to use but you soon get the hang of it. There is something quite therapeutic about Bulling with this stuff and the results, when done properly, can be very rewarding.
Traditional uses for Brasso have, and still do, include Door knockers and Letter boxes, Nameplates outside Offices, Fire grates and surrounds, Horse brasses, ornaments, in fact far too many things to even think about, let alone mention. I even polish my Pint Tankard with it - not the inside though, that's how I know what it tastes like...
As with all cleaners and compounds etc I would recommend that you read all the instructions and warnings that are printed on the side of the can before using. Unfortunately I cannot tell you about any of them as the writing is so small that I can no longer read them - Sorry. Luckily I just use the stuff on "Auto pilot".
Talking of the Can, it is still similar to the one I remember from decades ago, Red logo with Blue and White radial stripes, happy memories - the comfort factor I think. The only thing which I dislike is that the cap is now a big Red plastic affair, where as it used to be a lovely small screw top about an inch across - never mind, at least it is more difficult to lose the Big thing that they use now. Brasso is still widely available and is really cheap, a couple of quid will buy you a can which will last for ages.
I suppose there is not much else to say really, if you want a great shine on your Brass and are happy to put a bit of effort into it then Brasso will do you proud
My fathers a lavatory cleaner
He cleans them by day and by night
And when he comes home in the evening
He's covered all over with . ....
Shine your buttons with Brasso
It's only three ha'pence a tin
You can buy it or nick it from Woolworths
But I don't think they've got any in
Some say that he died of a fever
Some say that he died of a fit
But, I know very well what he died of
He died of the smell of the . . .
That song is one of my favourite playground songs from when I was a child (there are actually loads more verses!) - but it has to be said that since my early innocent playground days, the price of Brasso has gone up a bit! I purchased some of the liquid polish (you can also get it as pre soaked wadding) for a little over £2 from Asda, with the intention of cleaning up some of the taps in my home,as well as a couple of small brass buddhas . It comes in a tin with a screw off lid.
Pouring a little onto cotton wool to clean with, its a pale custard yellow colour, and quite thick, with a strange smell to it - I'm not really sure how to describe the smell, but it's quite strong so I did open the windows a little for some ventilation.
I decided the first thing I'd give it a try on was the taps , which were looking a little dull, and cleaning these was really simple with it - I just needed to rub the taps quite firmly with this, which left them covered in a dull grey film. However, this is how its meant to work, so don't worry , I then left the Brasso on the taps for a few minutes, before returning with a clean cloth to polish up the taps - and they sparkled like new!
I then decided to use it on one of the Buddha's - I applied it in the same way, bur in this case because the carvings on the Buddha were a little more intricate, it was harder to polish off with a cloth . I eventually used a cotton bud to polish the Buddha as it was much more able to get into the nooks and crannies . Some Brasso remained in some of the cracks, so I then rinsed the Buddha in warm water, and gave it a final polish with the cotton bud . The brass came up lovely and golden, and certainly it looked a lot cleaner .
I would recommend using rubber gloves when using Brasso - it isn't harsh on your skin, but the smell of it does tend to stick around on your hands, which can be a little unpleasant .
I think Brasso is an excellent cleaning product for metals - the tin states it can be used on brass, copper, and chrome. I've also been told that it can remove scratches from CD's, although I haven't been brave enough to try this yet. My tin has lasted me quite a long time, although I don't have that much metal that needs to be polished in my house . You do only need a small amount though, and it does the job brilliantly.
At one time you hardly ever went into a house that was devoid of brass, if we didn't have a few horse-brasses hanging on our walls we had a couple of brass pots in our windowsill. How times change, now we have moved on and if you have any more than one vase in a room then it is considered to be cluttered. I am all for tidiness but I like to see a home well loved and well lived in - you can't beat it !
Many of us would instantly recognise that red white and blue tin, it is iconic and believe it or not Brasso has been on the market since 1905 ! No, even I wasn't polishing my bits at that time !
I think that we can safely say that Brasso is or maybe used to be a household name.
But maybe there are some who have never used this Reckitt and Coleman product, so brass cleaning is a bit of a mystery to them.
That traditional red white and blue tin is filled with metal polish cleaner, believe you me it smells horrible ! Before you even think of starting to clean any brass you need to make sure that you have laid some newspaper out on the surface in readiness.
Give the can a good shake to ensure that the contents are well mixed. I only have a couple of odd bits of brass now, one being a brass cigarette box that I bought from a flea market and it is one of my favourite trinkets.
Soft cloths are best for both application and buffing, more often than not I use old cotton tee shirts they are soft and make really good polishing cloths.
Plus the fact that if you use recycled cloth then you don't feel so guilty if you have to throw it away afterwards.
So, you have newspaper on the table top, a couple of good soft cloths and some tarnished brass - here goes.
First of all put some rubber gloves on, Besides having a very strong unpleasant odour it is also unkind to your skin, especially if you have any cracks or areas of sore or broken skin.
Apply some of the Brasso liquid to a soft cloth and work it into the tarnished brass, then once you have covered the object fully you need to leave it until the Brasso dries before you move onto the next stage.
As the Brasso liquid starts to dry it turns a pinky white colour and looks powdery. Then it is time to use the polishing cloth and start to polish the dried Brasso liquid off.
Work away with the cloth and make sure that all of the dried on Brasso liquid is cleaned off, the tarnished brass will be gleaming and ready to put back it its place in no time.
Some see brass cleaning, or silver cleaning for that matter as a real chore but Brasso metal polish is strong and soon shifts the tarnish. The whole process is a messy and smelly one but the end result is worth the effort.
As I mentioned earlier the cloths you use will more than likely be fit for the bin after a cleaning session, you can't get the cloths clean by hand washing and you certainly can't put them into the washing machine either.
I always buy the liquid formula, I am so used to it and it does a great job but I believe that Brasso wadding is available too.
A 150ml tin of Brasso will cost you just under the £2 mark but the tin will last for months - unless you have more than your fair share of brass !
I always have some brasso in the cupboard. We have a few brass items and this product brings them up gleaming and looking like new unlike any other product on the market.
You use it by adding the liquid to a cloth and rubbing it into the brass item. It coats it quite thickly and starts to look a little black. You then clean it off by rubbing it with a clean cloth and this will make the brass it's original colour with so much sheen you can see your reflection!
It is quite a mucky substance and so I usually do it on newspaper in order to keep my carpets and surfaces clean.
I have used this on other metal items such as aluminium and it also brings these up a treat, making them sparkle. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
You can get a 150ml tin for about £1.50. It lasts for ages (well depending on how many brass items you have obviously!) as you do not need to use very much on each item that you polish.
Brasso is a well known metal polish made by Reckit and Colman it has been around for years.
It came about when a representative from this company visited Australia and found the liquid cleaner, he quickly realised that it was far better than the paste type that they were then manufacturing so he brought a sample back home with him and it eventually went onto the market in 1905.
It contains polishing powder, ammonium jelly and white spirit so it is highly flammable and should be kept away from a naked flame and of course well out of reach of children.
It comes in a tin with a bright red circle on displaying the words Brasso Metal Polish and has bold blue and white lines splaying off the red circle resembling a sun burst that is the only words that come to my mind it certainly stands out on a supermarket shelf.
The only time Reckit and Colman changed the tin was during the second world war in 1941 they had to use a glass bottle because of a shortage of metal.
Not alot of people have brass now but this cleaner is great for cleaning loads of different types of metals like copper, stainless steel, chrome, aluminium, pewter and bronze.
I personally use it mainly for the stainless steel in my kitchen but you must always make sure that you have removed any grease first to get the perfect shine.
It can also be used to remove scratches from glass and plastic but only very light scratches it certainly is not capable of getting a badly scratched table top back to prestige condition.
Always shake the tin well before using and apply a small amount of the liquid onto a soft cloth. The liquid is a light brown opaque colour and smells very strong of ammonia so it is best to use it in a well ventilated room.
It can make your hands quite dirty so I always wear a pair of light rubber gloves and if I am cleaning a few objects I always put a newspaper down first just in case.
Rub the metal in a circular motion and you will notice it looking quite black but when you buff it up with a dry soft cloth once the liquid has dried it will bring the metal up sparkling.
I bought my last tin of 1 ltr from a cash and carry for 8.50 about two years ago but I know that Wilkinson have 150ml tins for 1.49 at the moment.
Give this metal cleaner a go it really does work.
WHAT IS BRASSO?
An old favourite of mine, Brasso. I have used it for many years and remember my mum using it too, so goodness how long it has been around! More commonly known as "metal polish" it is well known as a household cleaning product.
A yellow, thickish liquid, Brasso can be used to bring back the gleam to brass, copper, chrome and pewter. It is a bit smelly but not terribly unpleasant, but I would recommend you use it in a well ventilated room.
It is also available as wadding, where you just rub the presoaked wadding onto the items and then polish it off.
The liquid is available in tins, with a screw lid, it costs around 2 GBP for a 150 ml tin and believe me, it lasts AGES!!!!
There are no harsh chemicals in Brasso, though what the exact ingredients are I don't know because there is no indication on the tin.
WHAT TO USE FOR
You can use Brasso on any item made of chrome, brass, copper or pewter. These metals soon tarnish and regular cleaning with Brasso will have them sparkling like new in no time.
With the trend for chrome light switches etc which soon show smudges from fingermarks, a quick rub over each week with Brasso will have them like new.
I use Brasso for the fittings on my front door which are brass. My letterbox is the shiniest in the street I swear! Every week I give it a polish with Brasso.
I also use it on the chrome around my fire and it brings a lovely gleam to that too.
You can also use it on copper and pewter, but as I don't have anything like that I just use it on brass and chrome.
Another more unusual use for Brasso is to remove cup rings and water marks from polished furniture. I read this in a handy hints book years ago and whenever there is a mark on my polished dining table I give it a quick rub with Brasso. I am not sure how it works but it does remove the mark and then I just polish the table. Stubborn marks may need more than one application.
HOW TO USE
Using a clean cloth put a small amount of Brasso onto the cloth and rub the item that needs cleaning. A dull film will appear and you will think you have taken all the shine off! However, wait a few minutes and using another cloth, polish the item and lo and behold there will be a brilliant shine!
I actually find it quite therapeutic polishing things with Brasso. Maybe it is a throwback to my childhood when mum would ask me to polish things after she had put the Brasso on. At that time brass and copper ornaments were quite fashionable and mum would gather them all together and have a cleaning session. I loved to help and it was very rewarding to rub off the dullness and find a lovely shiny surface underneath.
WHERE TO BUY
Most major supermarkets stock Brasso. When I was a kid and my mum used it, the tin always reminded me of a zebra because it is striped. The cap and label are in red, which makes the dark blue and white stripes stand out.
Although I helped mum with the polishing when I was a kid, I was never allowed to use the Brasso myself and it should be kept out of the reach of children. I would also recommend that you place a newspaper on the table if you are using it to polish several items, and always replace the cap firmly to avoid spills. You might also like to wear protective gloves as it is a bit messy to use.
A reliable, old fashioned cleaner which is just as good today as it was fifty or more years ago.
Polishes quickly and gently removes tarnish from brass, copper, chrome, stainless steel and pewter.