Remove Grime And Restore Shine To Your Gold & Brass Fixtures With The Help Of WD-40

Gold and brass fixtures have been all the rage these last couple of years. They breathed new life into rooms by giving homeowners and renters alike an alternative to simple chrome. The eye is so used to chrome faucets, showerheads, and pendant lights that it barely registers those details. But since gold and brass feel "different," they became a stand-out feature in the house. However, that doesn't mean they don't come with downsides. Most notably, gold and brass fixtures tend to dull and hold onto oily smudges, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you prefer your trendy faucet to look as pristine as the day you bought it, then WD-40 can help with that. 

WD-40 has a ton of uses around the home — it's not just for fixing squeaky door hinges or unsticking garage doors. It can also help buff your fixtures to a pristine polish. This can be a better fix than buying a specialty brass polish, because it negates the need to add yet another product to your cleaning cupboard. Instead, you can just grab a can of WD-40 and keep the clutter to a minimum. Intrigued? Here's how to do it!

How to use WD-40 to clean brass and gold fixtures

Banish grime and oily fingerprints with the help of WD-40. To do so, all you need to do is spray some of the lubricant onto a microfiber cloth and apply it to the brass fixture. Rub it in using circular motions, coating the item thoroughly. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes so the formula works its magic on the finish, and use a new, clean microfiber cloth to remove the residue. The end result should be a shiny fixture. However, please note that this hack is best for polishing brass and gold rather than removing patinas. If you have a heavy patina you want to banish, you'll be better off using a brass polisher.

However, you can use WD-40 to prevent a patina from forming in the first place. Since WD-40 is not only a lubricant but a water displacer, its formula repels water from whatever surface it's sitting on. It's why it famously prevents rust and corrosion from forming. Since brass patina is formed by exposure to humidity and moisture, the WD-40 can help avoid that. This means you won't have to polish it as often, making it easier to manage the fixtures in your home.