Give your brass candle sconces a fresh look by removing unsightly stains, dirt, grime and tarnish. Choose a cleaning method that accommodates the type of brass – solid, silver, lacquered or unlacquered. Stay away from aggressive tools and cleaning products. Such as steel wool pads, abrasive cleansers, and metal brushes. That is to avoid scratching and spoiling any bronze candelabrum style.
Test your candlesticks and a magnet to see if they are solid brass or silver brass. Touch the magnet to the metal. If the magnet falls, the piece is made of solid brass; While, the magnet will typically cling to a brass candelabrum plated due to the magnetic metal beneath the thin layer of galvanized brass. Although you can safely clean both types of chandeliers with a lint-free cloth or a solution of warm water mixed with a mild detergent, stay away from the use of other plated brass items cleaning solutions, such as something more abrasive could damage the thin coating.
It can help protect your solid brass, lacquer-free chandeliers from tarnishing the future by rubbing the pieces with a small amount of mineral oil to bring out the spark and break up any stain. The mineral oil slows down the oxidation process to keep the items looking brighter for longer. Alternatively, you can apply car wax to make your chandeliers shine and inhibit tarnish. Apply the wax and polish with a clean, dry cloth. Make your solid brass chandeliers professionally lacquered to provide a more permanent protective clear coating.