A friend of ours bought an incredible old house, and it working diligently to restore and update some of the original and vintage, period-appropriate details. One such item is this bathroom necessity:

The before and afters are impressive thanks to some thumb muscle and excessive amounts of Brasso.

Another tip for polishing up old metal – ammonia. Test an inconspicuous spot first, and, if things look good, dip that baby in a container of ammonia and let it soak. Thanks so science, your brass item should clean up in no time!