How to Clean Bronze

I got this super awesome bronze vase thingy at a yard sale for two dolla! Now, I pretty much always forget to take a picture of something before I dive in to fixing it…and I almost forgot this time too.

I googled how to clean bronze and there are two ways; lemon juice/baking soda or vinegar/salt/flour.

I didn’t have any lemon juice so I went with the vinegar method. Basically, you mix equal parts of flour and salt then pour in just enough vinegar to make your flour and sugar a paste. Then rub it on your bronze piece.

I was in the process of putting “the stuff” onto the vase to clean it when I suddenly remembered I needed a picture!

My Honeypie to the rescue! He snapped me a photo:

Before

The site said to leave the paste on for 30 minutes, but for me, it didn’t take that long. I was still rubbing the paste on when I started to see a noticeable difference. Being the impatient person I am I washed it all off before the thirty minute mark Probably at 15 minutes.

After

Viola! I wish I had a picture of My Honeypie’s face when I showed him the after. I am super impressed with the vinegar/salt/flour method. You don’t even have to wear gloves!

 

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