In terms of practical properties and attributes, brass has good resistance to corrosion, while the added zinc lends this metal increased strength and ductility. While commonly used as sheet metal, brass can be useful in various forms and is available in tubes, bars, plates, and more. Brass is most commonly seen as an accent and is often used for products like locks and hinges, plumbing fixtures, handles and railings, and electrical components. Brass sheet metal and other brass products are also commonly used for architectural features and accents.
To clean brass, use a solution of 50% lacquer thinners and 50% water. This will help in removing dirt, grime, fingerprints, and traces of oxidation. Use a lint-free cloth to clean the metal, wiping only with the direction of the grain. After wiping clean, rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with another clean, lint-free cloth.