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Brasso Metal Polish is a household name, it is something I remember my Gran using to clean the masses of horse brasses, brass lamps, plates, bells etc she had on display in her living room. My sister used it to clean her Cornett when she was in a Brass Band (I grew up in a mining village so Brass Band was obligatory) and I now use it to polish up my jewellery.
One of the things I love about Brasso is the packaging, with its patriotic use of Red, White and Blue the metal tin seems timeless, I have been in museums where old cans of Brasso have been on display and the packaging seems to be exactly the same.
I have no idea how long I have had my can of Brasso for, all I can tell you is that it appears to have the same amount in it regardless of how much I use. The can contains 75g of wadding that is impregnated with a metal cleaning compound.
To use Brasso all you need to do is pull a wodge of wadding from the can, rub it on your Brass, Copper, Chrome and Stainless Steel (it will make the metal go cloudy) and then buff it to a brilliant shine with a soft cotton cloth.
I have to admit that for a very long time I thought Brasso was only suitable for items made from Brass but it has quite a few household uses. I use Brasso to clean my silver jewellery; it brings it to a brilliant shine, I make sure I have removed all traces of Brasso before wearing as I don't want to risk the Brasso irritating my skin.
I also use Brasso to keep my Stainless Steel kettle nice and shiny, it us much faster than using baby oil or toothpaste to clean it (don't know why I don't just use purpose made cleaner).
Brasso has quite a distinctive smell, it is one of my favourite household cleaning smells along with Dettol, but I also like the smell of Creosote so maybe I am a little weird.
According to Wikipedia Brasso can also be used for polishing out scratches on plastics, DVD's, cd's and a few other things, but as I have only used Brasso on jewellery and my stainless steel kettle I would not like to speculate on the validity of those claims.
Brasso is available from most good retailers for around £4 a can, in my opinion this is a good investment as it lasts forever and has plenty of uses around the house to make it worthwhile keeping a can in the cleaning cupboard.
Thank you for reading.
Cleaning brass is a messy task and I am sure that is why you no longer see many brass ornaments about. To be honest I love to polish and sadly I also enjoy a good cleaning session. The few bits of brass ware that I own soon collect the dust and even when they are newly polished the shine only lasts a couple of weeks.
The Brasso metal polish wadding is far easier to use than the liquid Brasso. The liquid metal polish smells stronger and it is marginally more messy to use. The thick wadding is wound into a roll and then placed inside of a metal tin. The tin has a lid that fits on firmly to keep the metal polish wadding moist. Reckitt and sons produce the metal polish wadding and they have used the same coloured tin for many years. The round red, white and blue tin has a plain royal blue lid, it looks smart and patriotic.
When you prise the lid from the top of the tin the smell coming from the polish that impregnates the wadding hits you straight away. Personally I have smelt worse cleaning products but the metal polish does smell strong. The wadding is wound into a roll and you need to break a small section off to clean the brass.
It is always wise to wear rubber or latex gloves when cleaning any type of metal. The moist metal polish wadding leaves black marks on your hands that are hard to remove. If you have sensitive skin or any broken areas of skin then the metal polish may cause a reaction. It is also essential to cover the worktop or the top of the table with some old newspaper before you begin cleaning. An old toothbrush comes in handy to work the metal polish into the nooks and crannies.
Take a small piece of the Brasso metal polish wadding and start to rub the damp wadding over the surface of the grubby brass. As you rub the grime gets worse instead of better, the wadding lifts the dirt and dust off the brass and the dirt covers your gloves and the paper underneath. When you are sure that you have got into every crevice then set the piece of brass to one side to dry off. If there are any awkward bits then set the toothbrush bristles to work. You don't have to let the polish dry but I find that you can achieve a better shine if you do.
Then you need a large piece of soft cloth. Take the brass and start to rub off the dried on brass polish. The dry polish comes off easily and the more you rub the better the shine. Brasso polish can leave a white residue on the surface of the metal so you have to be quite sure that all of the cleaner is well polished off. The whole cleaning process may be messy but it doesn't take too long.
Place the lid back firmly on the tin after use and store it in a safe place away from little fingers. A tin of Brasso metal polish wadding will cost you somewhere around the £3 mark but the roll of cleaner will last you for months ( unless you have oodles of brass!). The metal polish wadding can be used to clean chrome and copper too.
The wadding polish may not smell so good but it works well. As long as you give the brass a good rub then you will get a great shine. The shine usually lasts for a good couple of weeks and then it starts to dull. The metal cleaner offers good value and it works extremely well, so say goodbye to dirty brass.
I have got this brass stand around my fire place and sometimes cleaning is an issue. It rarely gets dust onto it but it does seem to have problems with smudging with finger prints and my animals tend to make it covered in hair.
I like to use a simple duster in the hope it might remove these problems but then I tend to make things worse. I decided after plenty of consideration to get some Brasso. Having seen this in supermarkets for many years I never once thought about making a purchase.
Brasso wadding is a product I decided to use after using Brasso liquid became a bit to messy. Brasso wadding is inside a tin which is 75g and you have a tin as the container and nothing plastic as some have mentioned.
You then take out some of the wadding and rub it in a round motion (this is what I tend to do) and I try and make sure the entire area of the brass is covered and it leaves behind this residue which is brown in colour.
You then take a small duster which I sometimes have spare for the polishing and just remove that residue and the brass is all shiny and looks brand new. The idea is clever but the after effects are considered bad when they are not.
I sometimes get brown and black hands due to the residue but this is removed easily with hot water and soap and when I consider that is all I need to do in order to remove it that is pretty good.
The smell is hard to explain I have told people it can smell like ammonia but in my view it is not as bad as that but some might assume it is. The powerful smell makes me know deep down this will clean my brass. If there was no smell I would be sceptical if it would work or not.
I admit I saw a show not to long ago and people removed scratches from there staircase. The staircase had scratches on and they rubbed some of this into the scratch and it removed the problem and I have seen people use this on other items like trumpets.
I think anything with brass this would work really well and I love brass shining and glowing away rather then dull and mucky.
I paid £2 for this on offer more recently and I think for what it offers this is a pretty good price. I would compare this to the Brasso liquid but the liquid is a messy product which does work but it leaves behind a terrible smell and it you have this on your skin it can burn.
I would always go for the wadding anytime and it lasts a long time inside a very secure tin.
I had some old brass scales that I wanted to clan up after being given them, and my dad said 'you need some Brasso on that'. This stuff seems to have been around for donkeys years, and I even recognise the tin just because its one of those brands that doesn't seem to have changed its packaging or design for ever.
Brasso is widely regarded as one of the best retail products to get your gold and brass things sparkling and shining as if they were new. The small little tin contains a small piece of material-wool like-which ahs the brass cleaning product on it.
Upon opening the tin, you may be disappointed to see only a small piece of cloth, but don't feel ripped off. Its important to bear in mind that this is a powerful cleaner, and you only need a little bit of the cloth at once to clean a large area. The spongy pad acts almost like a scouring pad, and buffs up and removes the grime and dirt from brass and even gold objects.
Using Brasso on my set of brass scales, I must say it brought them up as good as new-very shiny and polished looking. Its worth pointing out Brasso also do one for cleaning silver-which is called Silvo(not the most original name in the world perhaps!)
One downside to this product is tat it does smell and contain fumes, so its important not to spend too long using it, or being close to it, as it my give you headaches and make you feel sick. It can also be quite messy on the ands, so its best to wear gloves when using,
We have very strange taps in our kitchen & bathroom - part porcelain & part brass - & however much I cleaned the metal part they never looked bright & fresh. I've used many creams & household cleaners on them over the years but was never able to find the right product & then I spied Brasso in one of our local pound shops.
I remember my Mum & my brothers & I using Duraglit when I was a child & I'm pretty sure than Brasso is the same thing, at least an identical wadding.. We used to earn a bit of pocket money by cleaning the brass & copper bits & bobs around the house as well as cleaning our bikes & the unmistakeable smell of Brasso takes me straight back to those days!
The tin is 75g & is made from tin/aluminium & looks similar to the design they had in the 1950s - rather retro & 'serious' looking - but don't let the appearance put you off - it's brilliant.
Once you unscrew the lid the smell of ammonia hits you & the wadding although neatly packaged looks very uninspiring. I usually pop on a pair of rubber gloves when using it as the strong smell does linger, but, in my opinion this is a small price to pay for the results than can be achieved.
All you do is pull off the required amount of wadding you need & rub onto the area which needs to be tackled - initially you'll see a black/brown/grey smeary mess but once cleaned with a dry cloth you'll be amazed at the reults.
I've used it sucessfully on our unusual taps as well as around light fittings & on some gold jewellery (I'd try this on a small area first though as it's not really for jewellery) but if you want to clean silver items/areas I'd suggest using Silvo rather than Brasso.
For £1 (or RRP of around £3) I'd recommend trying this brass & copper cleaner as it works immediately, lasts for ages if you close the lid securely & may save you having to replace taps etc. The only thing I don't like is the strong smell but then you can't have everything can you?
Metal polish in wadding