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Bronze Sculpture Cleaning Tips

So you've bought a bronze sculpture but you're not sure how best to clean it? The experts at Cooper Woodhouse are here to provide you with a handy guide to help you keep your bronze sculptures in excellent condition.

What you will need:

  • A buffing cloth (any normal cloth will suffice)
  • A small brush
  • Wax

Bronze sculpture cleaning guide:

Before you do anything else, you will need to wrap the metal ferrules of the paint brush with masking tape, to avoid potentially scratching or dinging your bronze sculpture. Then, using a soft, clean and dry cotton cloth, wipe the bronze sculpture until it's free of dirt. If you spot any contaminants, like food or fingerprints, use a damp cloth, with water only, and gently rub the sculpture. It is incredibly important to make sure that the surface of the bronze is dry prior to the waxing.

Once you've opened your wax (any kind of wax paste will suffice), lay the bristles of your paint brush across the wax using a sweeping motion. Three or four strokes should do it. However, make sure not to jab the wax as this will overload the brush. Place a very thin layer of wax onto the sculpture using a circular motion and gradually the surface to begin to look matte. If waxing a small sculpture, continue to do this until the entire surface is covered. If a large bronze sculpture, divide it into areas and do one area at a time.

Allow the wax to dry to a haze (the packaging should tell you the rough timing) and then use a clean cotton cloth to begin gently rubbing the surface until the desired shine appears. Work the cloth in a circular motion on large smooth areas of the bronze sculpture. You can repeat the process of applying the wax one or two more times for a better protective coating.

Recommended maintenance for bronze sculptures:

We would recommend cleaning and maintenance of any indoor bronze sculptures once a year. Perhaps twice a year if the sculpture is based in a humid or corrosive environment.