Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to clean Bronze

What You Will Need:
* Warm water
* Clean towel
* Small dish
* Soft cotton polishing cloths (smaller size)
* Lemon Juice (from concentrate is okay)
* Baking soda
* Rubber gloves (optional)

Clean that Bronze:
1. Rinse your bronze items in warm water, and dry thoroughly. This will safely remove any dust and/or particles that may hamper your polishing efforts.
2. Place about 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small dish.
3. Drizzle a small amount of lemon juice onto the baking soda and mix until a soft paste forms (start out with just a little lemon juice and add more as needed). It is normal for the mixture to bubble at first, and will settle down after a moment or two.
4. Apply the paste to your bronze item using your hands (with the rubber gloves) or with a small polishing cloth.
5. With a polishing cloth, rub the paste onto the item using small circular motions. This is the key removal step and you may have to rub repeatedly until the desired effect is reached.
6. Allow the paste to stay on the item for 20 to 30 minutes.
7. Rinse the item thoroughly with warm water to remove the paste and buff dry with a clean towel.
8. If the greenish patina still remains, repeat steps 2 through 7.

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