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To clean unlaquered brass, you can mix equal parts of salt and flour and add enough vinegar to make a paste. Spread a thick layer on the brass and let it dry, then rinse and remove. Or, dip the cut side of half a lemon in salt and rub it on, then rinse with cold water. Buff with a soft cloth, and coat with silicone car wax to keep it shiny.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|