Instead of purchasing new brass hinges for the bathroom facelifts, I decided to try scraping off the old grim from the original hinges. I first tried soaking all 20 in a vinegar solution and scrubing them down. Fail. Then, I tried a lemon solution Fail. I was ready to toss them out when I went to load the dishwasher and I stumbled across my barkeepers friend under the sink. I made a thick paste and let them sit for about 2 hours. Then I took a heavy duty scrub brush and worked each one under a faucet of hot water until most of the grime was off.
|Bar Keepers Friend Paste|
There was some oxidation that made parts of the brass turn an iridescent color, but after a few hours settling with the air the color evened out.
Check out those handles. Gross.
The hinges really turned out better than what I had expected and I saved about $70 not having to buy new ones.