Not all ID tags are created equal. Depending on what metal you select for your pet’s new tag, it may need a bit more care to keep it looking brand new. Brass tags are a great option for your pup and are a customer favorite, but they do require additional care to keep them shiny and readable.
How Is Brass Different?
Brass is a metal that is softer than stainless steel. The beautiful gold coloring is known to tarnish, or appear dirty, due to a chemical reaction caused by air or moisture. This may also cause your tag engraving to look like it is shallow or wearing off.
How Do I Fix It?
Although your tag may look worn out, there is an easy fix. Brass is a metal that can be cleaned with metal polish or a DIY cleaner. Simply use a soft cloth to wipe the tag, add polish and buff until you have your pet’s tag looking like new.
Where Do I Find Brass Cleaner?
dogIDs now carries a simple brass cleaner that works great on our tags, as well as a ton of other metals. You can find it here.
If you’d rather not buy a cleaner just for your brass products, a Do-It-Yourself cleaner is a great option too!
Lemon and Salt
- Cut a lemon in half and remove the seeds
- Add salt to the cut edge of the lemon
- You can use baking powder if you do not have salt on hand
- Rub on brass tag
- Rinse and buff with a dry cloth
- Add a small drop of ketchup to a damp cloth
- Rub into brass until the ketchup is absorbed
- Wipe clean with a new cloth