Brass is a metal that will oxidize and turn black in the long run. This is the reason why the raw brass is coated with a thin layer of lacquer to prevent it from tarnishing. MerryStockings.com offers you some simple reminders to keep your brass Christmas hangers shining year after year.
1. Brass is actually simple to maintain. First you would need to remove the tarnish with a good polish that contains detergents and other chemicals designed to clean the metal. Then coat it to inhibit tarnishing in the future. Most commercially available brass polish products have these chemical to clean and protect brass.
2. Do not overdo it. A lot of people think that when polishing brass using more polish is good. This is actually a misconception. Using a lot of polish can cause the surface to discolor. You would also have a problem with fingerprints. When polishing brass, make sure that you use only a small amount of polish, enough to cover the metal with a thin film of polish.
3. Spread out the polish with an absorbent cloth. Buff the metal using the thin film of polish and an absorbent cloth. This will make the polish harden on the metal, making it less prone to smudging.
4. If you do not have brass polish on hand, use rubbing alcohol to clean your Christmas stocking hanger. Use a sponge to clean the brass. Then using a treated dust cloth, wipe down the brass. The minute amount of oil present in the treated cloth would help protect the metal.