Beloved always says I pick the darnedest times to start a project.
Like cleaning the metal trim on the fireplace.
At 8am on a Sunday morning.
In my jammies.
But I couldn’t help it!
It was looking at me.
From there in the fireplace.
All tarnished and disgusting like.
I have to hold my hands up. It was partly my fault. The trim was looking rough a few months ago, so I got out the Brasso.
Did I check to see if it was the right thing to use?
Did I heck.
Turns out one must NOT use Brasso on polished brass.
In my defence, I had no idea what kind of metal the fireplace trim was made from. It was a brassy gold colour, so I made an assumption.
And you know what they say about when you assume.
Ass. You. Me.
Well, not you, obvs.
So there I was, in my jammies at 8am on a Sunday morning, with the fireplace trim glaring angrily at me…
And I had the urge to clean it.
How to tell if metal is brass
First, how did I discover it was polished brass?
If a magnet sticks to something that looks like brass, then it ain’t brass. It’ll be some kind of metal like steel, with a brass coating.
If the magnet doesn’t stick… well then it’s brass.
Could’ve used that information 6 months ago.
I grabbed a magnet and… it stuck.
So NOT brass, then.
And Brasso was entirely the wrong thing to use for polished brass.
How to clean a polished brass fireplace trim
It turns out one of the best things to clean polished brass with is…
Wait for it.
Good old Heinz.
(If you favour any other then I’m sorry, we simply cannot be friends.)
The OneandSeventy kitchen always has a healthy stock of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, so off I popped, trim in hand.
I rubbed on a little ketchup with cotton wool, wiped it off with a damp cloth, buffed it up and voila!
Clean fireplace trim!
AH MAZ ING!
OK, it’s not perfect.
But then I did try to ruin it with Brasso.
Clearly, I’d much rather spend my Sunday morning having ketchup on my bacon sarnies, but at least the fireplace looks good.
And I’m no longer getting glared at.
A hui hou,