Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Housekeeping

With Thanksgiving next week, I’m in a mad dash to get this house clean. I am making good progress but still have a way to go, especially upstairs. As I was scrubbing my stainless steel sink with Barkeepers Friend, I picked up a small hotel silver cream pitcher that sits by the sink. It was black with tarnish and I was simply going to leave the tarnish and wipe off the dust. Boy was I surprised when the tarnish came off too! I had never thought of using it to remove tarnish.


Then I had a great idea. I decided to try it on the brass handrail on the back stairs. Boy was it the trick!

tarnished brass rail

As you can see in this “before” picture, it certainly needed a good polishing. I assembled my cleaning supplies: an old t-shirt, Barkeepers Friend, and a spray bottle of water to dampen the t-shirt.

Barkeepers Friend cleaning supplies

I dampened the t-shirt and sprinkled on a little Barkeepers Friend. Then I gave  a gentle wipe or two.

making progress

Can you see the shine coming through? It took a little elbow grease, but I soon had it clean.

Barkeepers Friend shine

It was much quicker than the product I have used in the past.

Let’s take a side by side look.

tarnished brass railBarkeepers Friend shine

I love it when I have a bright idea!

I hope you are having a great week preparing for the holidays!

And, there’s still time to order Bethlehem Christmas Dinnerware!

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I’ll be linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and to Grace at Home at Imparting Grace.


Stacey said...

I love BKF but you really made a great discovery. That brass rail is beautiful!

allisamazing said...

The rail just glows! I love it when I find an easy way to clean things :)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

I love that stuff too! It cleans everything!

Vel Criste said...

Looks amazing?! I bought all sorts of brass cleaner and none of them made my pieces shine like your railing did! I have Bar keeper's friend lying around in the house, mostly to clean my pans and my glass cooktop, now here's another fabulous use! Thanks dear!

Patti said...

I'd never heard of Bar Keeper's Friend until last week when a friend mentioned it to me and now I see your post. I guess I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely adore Barkeepers friend. Your handrail looks amazing!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Richella Parham said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tip! I had no idea you could use BKF on brass. I pinned this and I'm featuring you at this week's Grace at Home party--thanks so much for joining! :)

Paula@SweetPea said...

I use my BKF for my sink but didn't know that it would work on brass. Thanks so much for the tip!