What is the best way to clean a brass lamp?

I have an older brass stand lamp I got from my parents to put in my bedroom and it s been sitting in their basement for some time now. It is in desperate need of cleaning and polishing. Can anyone suggest any good cleaners or polishers to get this thing nice and clean and shiny? Store bought or DIY doesn t matter to me. Thank You!!
Answers

Glo

Brasso

Poppy

Brasso is a cleaner, been on the market for as long as I can remember (50+ years) . If I were you Iā€™d start there.

Nuff Sed

Like others have said, Brasso works great. However, if it is "old", you may want to FIRST get it appraised by an expert. Sometimes cleaning up an antique destroys much of its historic value, at least for collectors.

Anonymous

Brasso. The sailor's brightwork tool. Nothing beats it. Get the can with the impregnated wadding.

elhigh

Brasso and elbow grease. Slather the Brasso on and let it dry to a haze. Buff off. Boom, done. It's not actually as easy as that, you might need to do some pretty dedicated buffing, and especially grungy spots might need a re-application, but in my experience Brasso is very effective.

sammycloud

Tarnished brass can take any otherwise lovely piece and make it look old and dingy. That's why it's important to always keep supplies around that will restore your brass to its original gleam. However, how you clean your metal depends on whether it's lacquered or not. The best way to polish brass that's lacquered is to simply wipe it with a soft, damp cloth ā€” do not use any kind of household cleaner. If it's non-lacquered, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, recommends using Good Housekeeping Seal holder Weiman Brass Polish If you're in a pinch, you can also try any of the following ideas that will also clean brass quite easily. 1. Ketchup Squirt a dollop of ketchup on a rag and rub over the surface. Wipe off the residue with a damp cloth and buff dry. 2. Vinegar Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup vinegar and add enough flour to make a paste. Rub onto the brass and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse and buff dry. 3. Lemon Squeeze half of a lemon onto a sponge and sprinkle salt on top. Rub over the sponge over the surface and then rinse it off. The results are pretty amazing:

Barry A

I have some brass cleaner called Brasso at home. It works very nicely

yimi

I worked at a hotel and the only thing we would use to clean brass is Brass cleaner. That is for handrails that were touched daily. Brass is brass.

R K

Brasso

suzanne

brown sauce. it works

CYBERMUM5

Brasso and an old cloth diaper

Anonymous

I worked at a hotel and the only thing we would use to clean brass is Brass cleaner. That is for handrails that were touched daily. Brass is brass.

You Know . . .

Bras and a new diaper

Otis

Polishes like brasso or better still magic wadding, but brown sauce is also effective.

Anonymous

Brasso

Observer

Get commercially made Brass Cleaner all three of the proceeding solutions can work IF you know how to use them

lili

All the stuff you see in the other answers will work some better than others. Also you can look for a product called "Magic Wadding" which is wadding impregneted with metal polish and sold in a can. Rub the items with the wadding until they turn black then buff with a clean cloth. The U.S.Airforce has used it for years on unpainted aircraft.

mustanger

All the stuff you see in the other answers will work some better than others. Also you can look for a product called "Magic Wadding" which is wadding impregneted with metal polish and sold in a can. Rub the items with the wadding until they turn black then buff with a clean cloth. The U.S.Airforce has used it for years on unpainted aircraft.

Anonymous

Get off your duff and do it!

cashmeoutsidehowboutdat

throw it away

Brandon

There is special polishing kit you've got to buy

audrey

Tarnex. Will shine it right up.