Brass is one of the most commonly used materials in chandeliers shades. Among many advantages of using brass are its long life because of its resistance to corrosion and its durability due to the overall strength of the material. Moreover, brass is extremely malleable which makes it very easy to shape into beautiful and elegant chandeliers and also use it to sculpt magnificent patterns to add style to chandeliers. Brass chandeliers are available in two completely contrasting finishes- polished and antique. The polished finished are bright and lustrous, and this glistening centerpiece makes the room look grand and illustrious. On the other hand, the antique finished are dull and elegant, and gives the room a classical vintage look. No matter which finish, brass chandeliers need to be maintained to keep them looking fabulous.
How to increase life of the brass chandeliers
A brass chandelier with dust lying on its surface looks unattractive, which spoils the appearance of the room. Dust your brass chandeliers regularly to reduce the requirement of intense cleaning sessions. Use dry linen or metal cleaning cloth for dusting, microfiber cloths are also recommended for cleaning. If the chandelier is old and has gotten very dirty, then vigorous cleaning is required. Make use of gentle dish soap in warm water, and thoroughly dry the chandelier after cleaning. Do not use ammonium-based cleaner on brass as it will cause it to tarnish. Also, you can make use of brass polish to regain its luster.
How to effectively use brass chandeliers
Brass can also tarnish easily just with exposure to air, so one must protect brass chandeliers to keep its color and shade, and to prevent the appearance of unsightly spots on the chandelier. Turn off the power supply and move the chandelier to a place which is well ventilated. Thoroughly clean the chandelier to remove dirt and dust, take off the light bulbs, and mask off non-brass areas. Examine the chandelier’s surface for tarnish which appears as dull and discolored spots. If there is some tarnishing of the brass, heat a bowl of vinegar, dampen a soft cloth with it and apply it to tarnish until it’s removed. Then get some brass lacquer. Carefully apply a thin layer of the lacquer on the brass chandelier using a paintbrush for larger areas and cotton for areas that are hard to reach. If there is some dripping while applying the lacquer, wipe them away immediately. Make use of glove while handling brass lacquer. Let the chandelier dry completely before using it again, you can find the drying time on the box of lacquer you used. Make sure to pay attention to all the warnings in the above instructions, otherwise you will not get the desired results.
Follow these simple steps to add to and regain the shine and attractiveness of your old and dusty brass chandeliers. This will keep the appearance of your home appealing, and will impress your loved ones. Also, you need to pay due and timely attention to the cleaning and polishing of your chandelier to increase its life, to avoid investing in a new chandelier.