How To Polish Metal Objects

How To Polish Metal Objects

Mastering the technique of polishing metal objects is an additional skill that can distinguish a house cleaning service for its clients. Here are some steps to learn this method.

Work in a well lighted area on a non-porous surface. To prevent making any dents and scratches, pad your work area with an old towel. Protect your hands with white cotton gloves, which will also protect the silver you’re polishing from the oils and acids on your skin.

Before applying polish, inspect the piece for a previous polishing pattern. This is usually circular on hollow ware and lengthwise on flat ware. Polish in that pattern with a light touch, following the manufacturer’s instructions and avoiding areas where different materials meet.

Start with a polish-imbued cloth or liquid polish designed specifically for the metal you’re polishing. If this proves inadequate, move on to a paste or cream. Apply with 100 percent cotton flannel cloth. Use a soft toothbrush or wooden cuticle stick wrapped in in cotton on monograms and areas with ornate design.

Wash the piece when you are finished, being sure to remove all of the polishing compound, then dry it with a soft cotton cloth. When you finish cleaning their home make sure to mention that you polished their silver ware for them as well. Your clients will love you for it.

Maid Service

Picture of polished silverware

  1. Add 1 tsp. of salt to 1/2 cup of vinegar in a plastic tub. …
  2. Add enough flour to the vinegar solution — gradually, as you stir with the plastic spoon — to make a paste.
  3. Rub the paste over the entire surface of the brass with a clean rag. …
  4. Rinse the paste off the brass with water.