POLISHED brass can give that “bright as a brass band” look when first installed, but quickly patinates to a softer, very attractive look. One big virtue of brass is that it kills bacteria. Another is that you can get it prepatinated. It is very low maintenance — a gentle wash with a spot of Ecover, and you are good to go. Don’t use bleach as it will strip off the patination in smears and splodges.