Want to get your brassware gleaming before holiday company begins to congregate? Mix one cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of salt and just enough flour to give the mixture the consistency of heavy cream. Using a paintbrush, coat the item with this solution. You can rinse it off almost immediately, and watch the tarnish disappear. This trick works on candlesticks, chargers, or anything else made of solid brass. If stubborn spots persist, rub them with a little Barkeeper’s Friend. You’ll find it at the grocery store on the shelf next to kitchen cleaners.