Step 1. Gather Cleaning Products
When bronze is new, it has a look that draws in attention and can be the focal point of just about any room. That being said, bronze is a combination of tin and copper. When these two metals are exposed to moisture and air, green build-up can develop on the surface. Some may feel that the patina adds character to your bronze pieces. However, others prefer their objects look shiny and clean.
For those who prefer their pieces looking as they used to when they were purchased, this how to clean bronze step-by-step guide will help them transform the bronze and remove all that built-up patina.
What you are going to need to clean the bronze is:
For the sake of cleaning the bronze, lemon juice from concentrate works just as fine.
Depending on the size of the bronze pieces you need to clean, you should adjust the size of the bowl and the warm water accordingly. Place the piece in the bowl of warm water. Make sure that water gets into every crack and crevice of the piece.
The goal at this stage is getting any dirt particles or dust off the piece before the real cleaning begins. If you simply go straight to polishing, those particles can diminish the overall appearance. Once you feel that the piece it completely clean, use the towel to dry the surface thoroughly.
Bowl with warm water.
Bowl with warm water.
Cotton polishing cloths.
White cotton tee-shirt.
And lemon juice.
Bronze may be resistant to moisture. However, if the surface is still wet when you are trying to polish, it could result in an even faster formation of the patina.
The paste that we are going to use in this how to clean bronze guide is not going to harm the finish. On the contrary, it will only remove the patina and leave the piece shining. Start making the cleaning paste by adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a dish. Afterwards, drizzle a small amount of the lemon juice on top. Mix the baking soda and lemon juice thoroughly. Add more splashes of the juice until you get a soft paste.
Don?t worry. The bubbling is normal. Nonetheless, allow the bubbles to settle down before moving on to the next step.
If you are unable to find cotton polishing cloths, a great alternative is to find an old white cotton tee-shirt. Cut it up into a few square pieces. Once the cloth is covered in green patina, toss it and use a new clean cloth.
Step 2. Rinse the Bronze
Many bronze items are very intricate and complicated pieces with several tight spots and crevices. It might be impossible to get that cotton cloth into those areas. You might also have gotten some of the cleaning paste in there and can?t get it out.
If you don?t have one, purchase a cheap soft bristle toothbrush to reach that paste. This common household tool is perfect to rub it in those hard to reach locations. If the location is too tiny for the toothbrush, grab a wooden toothpick to rub that paste into the patina in those areas.
Step 3. Make the Cleaning Paste
While using the polishing cloth on the bronze piece, keep rubbing in small circular motions. Stop only when you acquired the desired result.