Episode #9 – How to Polish Church Appointments – Chalice and Candle Stick

November 13, 2008 · Filed Under Flitz Polish, Simichrome 

In this demonstration we use a Church Polish & Cleaning Kit that includes Simichrome and Flitz to polish a brass chalice and candle stick. The tutorial includes detailed work instructions and best practices.

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Materials Used:

Instructions and Application

1.  Apply an ample dime size spot of non-toxic Flitz polish onto the finger tip of your nitrile glove.  The nitrile gloves is an easy way to apply a controlled thin amount of polish onto the chalice with out wasting any, as you would if it is applied with a cloth.  The gloves also aid in keeping your hands clean. Cover the entire brass surface of the chalice. Wait a minute or so and then wipe off the polish with a soft rag before it dries. The use of a microfiber cloth that comes with the kit works very well. Turn it often to get to a clean spot and buff briskly to a high sheen as desired. No mater what polish you use, always wash with warm soapy water, rinse and dry before using the chalice.

2. On the candle stick we used Simichrome polish that comes with the kit. It is a more aggressive polish than Flitz . It will clean and shine items like the brass candle sticks we are using in this demonstration quickly and easily. On items where there may be a heavy build up of candle wax, it is helpful if you remove the wax with hot water or even a hair dryer and wipe the wax clean with a paper towel before polishing. Follow the same basic steps that were used to polish the chalice on the brass candle stick. A Fuller Horse Hair Detail Brush is also included with this kit for use on any intricate designs that may exist on your ornate church appointments. The brush is handy for getting the polish in and out of these areas.

3. Try using the micro fiber cloth that comes with the kit for all your church dusting. You will be surprised how easily dust and dirt are trapped by the fabric. It does not just spread the dust around but actually traps it in the fibers. Microfiber cloths clean streak free and lint free.  They also work very well on glass and mirror surfaces with out any chemicals. Micro cloths are reusable 100s of times. To clean just machine wash warm with colors and air dry.

4. When using any polish, it is always advisable to try it in a small inconspicuous spot to see if you like the results especially on thinly plated items.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip : Did you know that you can burn over 200 calories per hour cleaning your church? That’s good for your heart and your soul ! .

Before and After:

Chalice before polishing Chalice after being polished

Before and After: Candle Stick

Candle stick before being polished candle stick after being polished



One Response to “Episode #9 – How to Polish Church Appointments – Chalice and Candle Stick”

  1. Polishing Furniture on February 19th, 2009 4:26 pm

    This is an amazing difference from beginning to end. It really make a huge change. Looks great!

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