I need some suggestions for cleaning rust on a brass ornament.
By Teresa from Montrose, Scotland
Believe it or not, plain old generic Ketchup will take the tarnish off brass. If the ornament is immersible, just dump a bunch of ketchup into a plastic container and put the ornament into the ketchup, turning to get it all covered, leave it for 10 minutes or so and see if that is enough time. You may have to take it out and rinse it off several times to keep tabs on the tarnish vs ornament. It is the slightly acid nature of the ketchup that does the trick!
If there is actual "rust" on this piece, it can't be brass. If it is tarnish, any number of home remedies will work, as will a good quality brass polish. Only iron and steel things rust.
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