- Never use cleaning solvents or cleaners to remove contaminants from a Bronze surface such as porcelain cleaners, furniture polish, armour all, glass cleaners, vinegar, etc.
- Don’t use wire brushes, steel wool or 3M Scotchbrite pads. These can rub through the patina’s thin layer and expose the metal.
- It is best to place a bronze sculpture away from direct sunlight and away from sources of water, such as fish aquariums and bathrooms.
INDOOR BRONZE CARE
Recommended once per month.
Gently clean off dust and debris with a DRY soft cotton cloth periodically. Never use furniture cleaner.
CLEANING AND REWAXING
Recommended once per year.
1) Clean off dust and debris with a dry soft cotton cloth and a soft bristle brush to clean out the crevasses.
2) Check patina for other contaminants such as fly spots or fingerprints. Use a damp cloth to remove these, and then dry it off.
3) Brush wax onto the sculpture. Don’t put a heavy coat of wax on because this can leave unwanted residue in the recesses that will have to be removed by picking it out with a toothpick (don’t use any type of sharp metal tool to do this).
4) Once the wax is dry, buff it out with a soft cotton or flannel cloth. If desired you can apply a 2nd coat of wax and buff it out for better protection.
OUTDOOR BRONZE CARE
Should be done at least once a year.
1) A couple of brushes, nylon or natural hair bristles. One for cleaning and one for putting the wax on. As a precaution against possible scratches while cleaning and waxing it is a good idea to wrap the metal ferrule on the brush with some masking tape.
2) Wax – Tree-wax or Johnson paste wax.
3) Clean dry clothes for cleaning and buffing (cotton or flannel).
4) For outdoor use: plastic bucket, large nylon or natural hair bristle brush.
CLEANING AND REWAXING
1) Remove loose dirt from the sculpture using running water. You can use a nozzle on your hose but keep the pressure turned down.
2) Mix in a plastic bucket a mild, neutral or non-ionic detergent with water. Dip a fiber (non metallic) or plastic bristle brush into the soapy water and gently scrub the bronze surface ringing as you go along, working on area at a time until you complete the sculpture.
3) You can either allow the bronze to dry off naturally or dab the surface dry. Any pockets or pools of water must be dried by soaking up the water with a clean towel. Otherwise mineral deposits can form on the surface.
4) Brush wax on the entire surface then buff it out. A second coat of wax can be applied if desired. Do not apply wax on the sculpture unless it is completely dry. A warm sunny day is the best time to clean and wax the sculpture.