tarnished brass doorknob, fast fixes
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28. Shine and Seal Brass Hardware

To brighten up tarnished doorknobs, knockers, and hinges, first remove the hardware from the door. Apply a brass cleaner, such as Noxon (about $5; lowes.com), rubbing the pieces with a soft cloth until the tarnish disappears. Prolong the shine by using a clean, soft cloth to apply a thin coat of a nonabrasive, polymer-based car wax (try Mother's Synthetic Wax, about $10 for 16 ounces; at auto supply shops), then buff out the haze.
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