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Permanent Ink

Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from Metal?This is a page about removing permanent ink (Sharpie) from metal. The good news with regard to removing permanent marker from a metal surface is that it is easier to remove Sharpie from nonporous surfaces.

 

Cleaning Silver

How to Fix Sterling Silver Tarnished by Bleach?Silver can become tarnished in many different ways, but tarnish resulting from bleach is sure to require some thorough cleaning. Here are some ideas about how to fix sterling silver tarnished by bleach.

 

Cleaning Candle Wax from Brass, Brass candleholder with candle wax on it.

Cleaning Candle Wax from BrassThis is a page about cleaning candle wax from brass. Brass candle holders are bound to get wax on them. Properly removing the wax buildup will ensure that you don't damage the finish.

 

Motorcycle Chrome Exhaust Pipe

Removing Melted Plastic from a Chrome Exhaust Pipe?Trying to remove melted plastic from a chrome exhaust pipe needs to be done carefully so as not to mar the chrome finish. This is a page about removing melted plastic from a chrome exhaust pipe.

 

glass laying on table

Cleaning a Corroded Salt Shaker?This is a page about cleaning a corroded salt shaker. Salt can be quite corrosive on the metal shaker top.

 

White Vinegar to Remove Calcium Deposits

Removing Hard Water Deposits from FaucetsThe minerals in your tap water can leave unsightly hard water spots on your kitchen and bathroom faucets. This is a page about removing hard water deposits from faucets.

 

Blueberry compote in an aluminum pot.

Cleaning Burnt Blueberries From an Aluminum Pot?Cleaning brunt fruit and other high sugar foods off of your aluminum cookware can be a chore. This is a page about cleaning burnt blueberries from an aluminum pot.

 

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Cleaning Fire Residue from Glass and Metal?We salvaged some glass and metal antiques from our home after a fire, but not much left. It was a 75% loss. Hope to save some things, but what the heat didn't destroy, the smoke left behind this greasy black residue on everything. We have tried orange cleaners, oxi clean, windex, 409, but these type of cleaners hardly touch it. Any suggestions that might help dissolve this blackness?

 

A burnt stainless steel pot.

Burnt Milk in a Stainless Steel Pot?Vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice can all be used to clean stainless steel pots with burned on milk. This is a page about burnt milk in a stainless steel pot.

 

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Cleaning Brass Stiffel Lamps?How do I clean antique Stiffel lamps?

 

tarnished silverware

Cleaning Silverplate FlatwareThis is a page about cleaning silverplate flatware. Silver flatware tends to get tarnished over time and with general use. There are various ways to clean it.

 

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Removing Tape Residue from Metal Surfaces?How do you take the sticky stuff from tape off metal?

 

Aluminum Cookware

Cleaning and Polishing Aluminum CookwareThis page is about cleaning and polishing aluminum cookware. Some elbow grease may be necessary for shining pots and pans.

 

Copper Pots

Cleaning Copper Pots and PansThis is a page about cleaning copper pots and pans. Keeping those beautiful copper pots bright and shiny doesn't need to be hard.

 

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Shining Brass Buckles on Coach Purse?I am trying to clean up an old leather Coach handbag and the buckles and closures are solid brass. I am having a hard time trying to find something to shine the brass buckles with as I have tried Brasso but it does not work.

 

Burnt Stainless Steel Pan

Cleaning a Burnt Stainless Steel PanRemoving burned on food or burn marks from your stainless steel cookware can be difficult. There are products and techniques that will help and not damage the finish in the process. This is a page about cleaning a burnt stainless steel pan.

 

Cleaning Corroded Pennies?How do you clean "smooshed" pennies (so they are once again shiny)? You know the flattened pennies that you buy for 51cents at theme parks, museums, or rest stops, etc.?

 

Brass Buddha figurine on floral fabric.

Homemade Brass Cleaner RecipesThis page contains homemade brass cleaner recipes. Cleaning your brass items can restore their color and shine. Making your own brass cleaner allows you to use ingredients that are not as harsh as store bought cleaners.

 

Woman Polishing Silver

Preventing Silver from TarnishingUnsightly tarnish can mar the beauty of fine silver. With care and proper storage silver tarnish can be prevented.

 

A photo of rusty pliers.

Removing Rust from Metal ToolsThis is a page about removing rust from metal tools. Tools that are free of rust are much nicer and easier to use. Whether you accidentally left them out overnight or picked up some tools cheap at a garage sale, sometimes you need to clean the rust off of metal tools.

 

Baking Pan

Preventing Rust on Baking PansThis is a page about how to prevent rust on baking pans. Proper cleaning and storage should help keep your baking pans from getting rusty.

 

Cleaning Metal

Cleaning MetalThis is a page about cleaning metal. How you go about cleaning metal, without damaging its color and finish, will depend on identifying the type of metal and then using a cleaning method or product recommended for that specific metal.

 

Old Gun

Removing Rust Stains on Guns?This is a page about removing rust stains on guns. Unprotected gun metal can rust when exposed to the elements or inadequate storage. There are a few ways to remove and prevent rust.

 

Cleaning a Cast Iron
Skillet

Cleaning a Cast Iron Skillet to Re-seasonCast iron cookware may need periodic seasoning, as would an old poorly maintained piece. Prior to re-seasoning you will want to thoroughly clean the pan. This is a page about cleaning a cast iron skillet to re-season.

 

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Cleaning an Old Brass Plaque?How do I clean an old brass plaque that displays the names of past church members? I have tried Brasso but it didn't do it. Does anyone have suggestions?

 

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Cleaning the Metal Trim on a Motorhome?The Hymer silver trim on my motorhome is discoloured and marked. What is best for restoration and cleaning please?

 

A silver goblet being polished.

Using Baking Soda to Clean SilverMany people have found that they can remove the tarnish from their silver using a process involving mixing boiling water with baking soda in a foil lined pan. This is a page about using baking soda to clean silver.

 

Cleaning a silver ring.

Using Toothpaste to Clean SilverThe mild abrasives in toothpaste make it an inexpensive cleaner for silver including some styles of jewelry. This is a page about toothpaste for cleaning silver.

 

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Cleaning a Copper Tea Kettle?Is there any way to clean my late mother's copper tea kettle? She had put it in her basement and it was dull and green tarnished. I read to soak it in vinegar which I tried, but it is still green and had a dull finish. Is there any hope of should I throw it out?

 

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Removing Pen Ink from Door Handle?How do I get pen ink off of my house door handle?

 

Cleaning Silver with Aluminum Foil - supplies

Cleaning Silver with Aluminum FoilThis is a page about cleaning silver with aluminum foil. While this is a widely shared method for cleaning silver, it can cause permanent damage to your silver items. It is best to avoid this method, particularly when cleaning valuable items.

 

Shelf with metal supports.

Cleaning Antique Metal Shelf Supports?Over time metal can become rusty or corroded. However, using the proper tools and products it can often be cleaned. This is a page about cleaning antique metal shelf supports.

 

Silver Plated Lighter

Cleaning a Silver Plated Lighter?This is a page about cleaning a silver plated lighter. Silver plate is subject to tarnish and discoloration.

 

A bottle of ketchup.

Using Tomato Ketchup as Brass PolishThis is a page about using tomato ketchup as brass polish. Ketchup can be used effectively to clean your brass items.

 

Copper Pitcher

Cleaning and Polishing CopperThis is a page about cleaning and polishing copper. Copper cookware and decorative items add beauty and functionality to your home and kitchen. Don't let the potential of tarnish discourage you.

 

Ballpoint Pen

Removing Ballpoint Pen on Metal?This page is about removing ballpoint pen on metal. Metal hair clips, makeup cases, jewelry and other things can end up with markings or spilled ink on them.

 

Man Polishing Metal Chandelier

Polishing MetalThis is a page about polishing metal. Most metallic surfaces and objects need an occasional polishing. There are commercial products you can buy and some household products that can be used.

 

Rust on Chrome

Removing Rust from ChromeThis is a page about removing rust from chrome. Bumpers, fixtures, and other chromed surfaces can develop rust.

 

Stainless Steel Sink

Removing Rust from a Stainless Steel Sink?This is a page about removing rust from a stainless steel sink. Leaving a food can or cast iron pan in the sink overnight can leave rust stains on your sink.

 

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brass candle sticks

Cleaning BrassThis is a page about cleaning brass. Brass is used in our homes in many capacities, from plumbing fixtures to fireplace doors.

 

Chrome Faucet

Cleaning ChromeThis page is about cleaning chrome. Whether on a fixture, appliance, bike or auto this metal always looks best when its sparkling clean.

 

Cleaning a stainless steel dishwasher.

Cleaning Fingerprints Off Stainless SteelThis is a page about cleaning fingerprints off stainless steel. If your stainless steel appliances, fixtures, and other items look as though they are trying out for the next episode of CSI, it is time to remove the evidence.

 

Cast Iron Wood Stove

Cleaning a Cast Iron Wood Stove?This is a page about cleaning a cast iron wood stove. Cleaning your cast iron store is not a difficult task.

 

Aluminum Boats

Cleaning an Aluminum Boat?This page is about cleaning an aluminum boat. A metal boat is very durable, but does need periodic cleaning.

 

Polished Chrome on Classic Car

Polishing ChromeThis is a page about polishing chrome. Polishing the chrome, whether the fixtures in your bathroom or the chrome on a bike, need not be a hassle.

 

stainless steel sink

Cleaning a Stainless Steel SinkThis is a page about cleaning a stainless steel sink. Stainless steel sinks present their own unique cleaning concerns.

 

cleaning pewter

Cleaning Pewter?This page is about cleaning pewter. Pewter contains quite a bit of tin and darkening is often desired for the antique look.

 

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Rubbing Alcohol Left Stain on Bathroom Faucet?My daughter spilled rubbing alcohol on our new bathroom faucet. It left a milky looking stain. Any way to remove this?

 

A person polishing silver jewelry with a cloth.

Homemade Silver Polishing Cloths?This is a page about homemade silver polishing cloths. Keeping your silver polished nicely will help it look great for generations. Save money and make your own silver polishing cloths.

 

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Cleaning Old Coins?I have a bunch of old coins that have been in a fire I think, because a lot are solid black in color. What can I use to get them clean? Is there a liquid cleaner that I can submerge them in to let them soak and get clean?

 

Motorcycle parked on the street.

Using Awesome Cleaner on Chrome?Can you use Awesome on a motorcycle's chrome?

 

Cleaning Silver, Silver tea pot with an antique Chinese tea cup and saucer.

Cleaning SilverSilver is a lovely, elegant looking metal used to make a wide variety of decorative and utilitarian items. Whether you own a treasured family silver tea service or a new punch bowl, you will want to keep your silver bright and shiny. This is a page about cleaning silver.

 

Old silverware.

Polishing and Cleaning SilverwareThis is a page about polishing silverware. Polishing silverware was a lot easier when the butler did it. Well cared for silverware makes for a beautiful table, but removing the tarnish and keeping it gleaming can seem like a lot of work.

 

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Removing Orange Glo on Stainless Steel Oven?I just noticed Orange Glo hardwood floor cleaner spots all over the bottom of my stainless steel oven. Vinegar doesn't work! What can I use?

 

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Removing Stains from a Zinc Plated Wall?Please advise me on how to remove stubborn stains from a zinc plated wall. Thanks.

 

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Cleaning Brass Plated Doorknobs?I plan to clean all of my doorknobs in my house and they are all brass plated. What is the best product or home solution to use?

 

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Cleaning Stainless Elevator Doors?I'm looking for the best way to clean stainless steel elevator doors? I am looking for all new tricks of the trade.

 

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Cleaning and Reusing Metal Tins?I have metal tins that contain solvent based inks and metallic flakes. I want to clean and reuse these tins. Any ideas?

 

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Cleaning a Wrought Iron Basket?I have an old wrought iron basket with a handle styled with a most unusual, intricate design. I have flat glass in quarter size pieces in purple, emerald, and teal to fill the basket. I will intertwine the basket throughout with tiny white lights.

 

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Shining Stainless SteelI would love to have all stainless in my house because it is the easiest to clean. All you really need to do to clean them is use a linen towel and get it wet with hot water, wring it out then fill a spray bottle with hot hot water and add a little bleach.

 

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Removing Rust from Brass?I need some suggestions for cleaning rust on a brass ornament.

 

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Cleaning an Old Copper Colored Sink?I would like to know how to make an old copper colored sink shiny! It is not real copper, is not stainless steel. I do not what it is made of, but it is ugly. I wish there was something I could do to change how it looks and pretty it up.

 

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Cleaning Silver Oxide Powder?I have heard about the silver cleaning method using foil, salt, and baking soda. I have some silver oxide in powder form, will this method work for that?

 

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Removing Sticker Label Stain on Aluminum Jars?How can I remove sticker label gum stain from aluminum jars?

 

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Removing Tarnish from Stainless Steel Cutlery?I would like to know how to get the bluish "stain" off stainless steel cutlery. It seems to come from the dishwasher.

 

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Permanent Marker on Metal?My niece wrote in permanent black marker in the metal facing of the heater. How can I get rid of it?

 

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Polishing Silver with Household Products?What is a homemade way to polish a silver dish?

 

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How Can I Clean Brass Using Household Products?I am looking for a way to clean brass with household products.

 

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Cleaning Silver With Products at Home?I am looking for home remedies for cleaning silver plated items.

 

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Removing Sharpie With Nail Polish RemoverThere was sharpie marker on my daughter's brass cat and we used nail polish remover to take it off. It worked beautifully.

 

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Use Bread Crust To Clean Iron SkilletsI cooked scrambled eggs in my cast iron skillet. When done, I still had some stuff in the pan, you know you don't use soap and water to clean. I cleaned the skillet with the bread side down and with the outer crust, which had cornmeal on it. Wow, totally cleaned my skillet!

 

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Removing Spray Paint from Copper?I bought a beautiful copper container at a garage sale and someone has put copper spray paint on the outside. How can I remove the paint without damaging the copper?

 

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Cleaning Aluminum Window Frames?How do you clean aluminum? We have old aluminum window frames in an old house. We are renovating and I would like to clean the window frames. They are looking tired and old and the window runners have mold and a build up of dirt and dust.

 

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Cleaner for Stainless Steel?I need a cleaner for stainless steel. Any suggestions of what to use and where to buy it?

 

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Removing Stains On Silverware?How do you remove stains on silverware?

 

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Removing Scale From Aluminum?How do you clean scale from aluminum? We have an old cast aluminum tea kettle with heavy mineral-scale deposits inside and a little around the openings on the outside.

 

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Cat Urine on a Brass Candlestick Lamp?I have a brass candlestick lamp, 36" tall. The base is made of 3 feet: with space between. In other words, it is not a solid flat base. One of my cats peed against it and the "feet" turned green with a slight build-up on the metal. How can I clean it?

 

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Electrolytic Method For Cleaning SilverThe easiest way to clean your silver is by the electrolytic method. Boil a quart of water in a non-aluminum pot. adds a Tbsp. or two of baking soda and a Tbsp. of salt.

 

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Removing Silver Polish From Hands?How do I clean my hands after polishing silver without gloves? They are very black and even though I washed my hands after, they aren't getting clean..

 

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Is There a Brush On Then Hose Off Brass Polish?I have an outdoor garden eagle solid brass, Measures 4' high x 5' wing span. It is quite detailed, to hard to try and polish!

 

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Home Remedy For Silver Tarnish?What are some home remedies for silver tarnish?

 

Cleaning Antique Metal Fighting Hands?I bought some ancient, as in really old, metal fighting gloves. When I received them they are covered with rust. I cleaned them with paper towels, then used olive oil. There must be something better to clean and preserve.

 

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Cleaning a Metal Screen on a Pastry Conveyor?I have a conveyor that uses a metal type screen to carry pastries and sugar has burnt on it. I have tried using a HEAVY degreaser and a type of steel pad which tore my hand up, is there an easier method?

 

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Rainbow Effect on Aluminum?I have a container (I think is made of thin aluminum) that was put in a dishwasher (by an unsuspecting visitor), and since then it has faded and has a rainbow effect with dark shadows. Does anyone know how I might get it back to it's original state?

 

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Tarn-X Advice?Can I clean silver coins gone through hurricane katrina with Tarn-X cleaning solution?

 

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Brass Finger Plates?How do you clean brass finger plates?

 

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Discolored Aluminum Steamer?My aluminum steamer is thoroughly discolored through years of constant use. How do I get to clean out the very stubborn discoloration?

 

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Cleaning Coins?I lived in Mississippi when Katrina hit. I lost most everything. I had a five gallon jug filled 3/4 way up with change I was saving for the grandkids to share when it was full.

 

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Silverware Dull After Using TarnX?Dull Silverware Dull After Using. I dipped a full set of sterling silverware in TarnX and it now is very dull. Is it ruined? What can I do to restore it?

 

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Removing Paint From Aluminum?I'm trying to find something whether it be a cleaning product or home idea to clean acrylic paint off aluminum. I have a 50's model travel trailer that at one time painted with acrylic paint. Now that I have it I'd love to restore it but haven't been able to come up with anything to get the paint off the aluminum.

 

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How do I clean badly stained aluminum?How do I clean badly stained aluminum?

 

Shining Vintage Straight Razors?I have some vintage straight razors with hollow ground blades. These are top of the line Solingen or Sheffield steel. There is no rust on the blade, but they have a blackened patina to them instead of the silver shiny surface of when they were new. How do I get them back to the new look?

 

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Cleaning a Wood Stove?I need help cleaning rust and dirt from my fisher wood stove. I use it all winter and it needs to have its appearance cleaned up. I hope you can help me.

 

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Steel Gas Rings Stained With Bleach?I made the mistake of cleaning our steel gas rings with bleach, does anyone have a suggestion on how to fix this? I've thought about sanding them back?

 

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Cleaning Tarnished Door Hinges?How do you clean the (actual) door hinge (not asking about the hinge pin)? Just noticed this tarnished look but don't know what type of 'plated' material it is.

 

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Keeping Brass From Tarnishing?What is the best way to clean a brass kickplate on the door and keep it from tarnishing from the weather?

 

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Dry Erase Marker On Metal Door Frame?My roommates and I were playing one night and wrote on our metal door frame with varioous colors of dry erase markers. All but the green came off. Any ideas?

 

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How Do You Clean Copper?Tips for cleaning copper. Post your ideas.

 

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Cleaning Gold RingsTips for cleaning gold rings, like a wedding ring. Post your ideas.

 

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Cleaning a "Liquid" Silver Necklaces?Does anyone know how to remove tarnish from Liquid Silver necklaces? Once removed, is there a way to keep them from tarnishing again? Jane from Ohio

 

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Characteristics of BronzeBronze is copper alloy. In modern times, bronze is an alloy of copper and any metal except zinc. It is generally more expensive than brass and more corrosion resistant.

 

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Recipe for Shining MetalIn a small bowl mix 1 tablespoon flour, 1 Tablespoon salt. Mix them well. Then add 1 Tablespoon white vinegar. Mix into thick paste.

 

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Shining Sterling Silver Candle Sticks?Does anyone know of a quick and easy way to shine sterling candle sticks? Beth

 

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Caring for CopperDecorative items should be kept clean and dusted. Copper is sensitive to air, and oxidizes (tarnishes) faster in moist air.

 

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Characteristics of ChromeChromium is a hard blue-white metal with a brilliant luster that is generally used to plate other metals. Examples of use of chromium are car bumpers and handles, plating on appliances such as toasters, electric fry pans, and coffeemakers, and handles on ranges and refrigerators.

 

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Removing Wax from a Brass Candle Follower?I need to know how to remove wax from a brass follower.

 

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Cleaning Silver with Foil and Borax?Does anyone have the formula for foil paper and borax used to clean real silver? I need to clean some sugar bowls for craft projects, but cannot remember the formula.

 

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Cleaning Brass?Does anyone know a DIY way to clean brass?

 

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Removing Sharpie from an Aluminum Ladder?How do I remove Sharpie marker from an aluminum ladder?

 

Cleaning Brass - dog bookends

Cleaning Brass?I bought these bookends at a thrift store and want to know if anyone can tell me how to clean them. The tarnished area is a gray/green color and feels gritty. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

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Dishwasher Discolored Magnalite Pot?I washed my Magnalite boiler in the dishwasher. It is now discolored. What can I do?

 

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