If brass chandeliers, stair rails, and so forth, are painted with a coating of shellac, they will long keep their polish.
While the fixtures are still bright and fresh they should be given a coating of white shellac, such as is used by painters. The best quality of shellac should be used, and applied with a camel's-hair brush.
In the case of brasswork that is not fresh, it should first be thoroughly scoured and polished, and dried with a soft cloth, then carefully painted, avoiding too wet a brush, as that will make streaks, or look smeary. When properly painted with shellac, the beds, chandeliers, etc., will not need attention for a long time.