Methods for Cleaning Bronze

A popular choice material for home décor and small to large-scale sculptures, bronze is known for its looks and durability. However, it’s not immune from tarnishing, which may ruin its finish if not maintained well. Here are a few methods for cleaning bronze fixtures.

Salt, vinegar, and flour method – For this method, one will need to have one cup of white vinegar, a teaspoon of salt, and flour into a paste, which will then be applied to the bronze using lint and scratch-free cloth. Rinse the bronze with warm water to remove dust before applying the paste. Use the cloth to apply the paste, gently rubbing onto the bronze in small circular motions. Let it set for about 20 to 30 minutes. Once time has passed, the bronze needs to be rinsed with warm water once more and dried. If the tarnish still remains the procedure can be repeated.

Baking soda and lemon juice method – Create the solution by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda and lemon juice into a bowl, until a paste forms. Just like the previous procedure, the homemade paste must be applied onto the bronze in circular motions while using non-abrasive cloth.

Additional tips – If lint-free cloth isn’t available, an old white cotton t-shirt cut into squares will do. Aside from this, patience is also a virtue as the greenish patina (tarnish) on bronze might not go away easily with a single cleaning session.

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