Isn’t it awful when your lovely copper kitchenware or jewellery lose their lustre? How dreadful and aggravating is the tarnish? Worse, the work required to get rid of it in order to restore the charm of your items.
Here’s your small Bible to maintain your copper nice, saving you a lot of time (and worry). These tricks will save you time and money, and believe me, you will thank me later!
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The Best Natural Copper Cleaners
Salute to Citrus! It never ceases to surprise me how many problems lemons can fix. And once again, lemons come to the rescue.
Cut a lemon or lime in half and massage it lightly all over your dull copper. Feel free to sprinkle salt on the lemon before massaging your copper. Wash the citrus off with water, then dry and polish your newly minted copper with a napkin.
Pastes can also be used to remove dirt and tarnishes. Squeeze one lemon and season with salt. You may also use equal parts baking soda and salt. Scrub the paste over the copper using a cloth. After that, simply rinse with warm water and you’re done!
As sour as this hack may sound (pun intended), it is really the most effective and straightforward.
Begin by sprinkling vinegar and salt across the surface of your blackened copper. Scrub the object softly, then completely rinse it with water.
Here’s another thing you can do: crank up the heat. In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil, then add the salt and vinegar. Place your copper item in the pan and bring to a boil until the tarnish is gone. After it has cooled, wash it with soap and water. Remember to dry your copper after washing it since leftover water will create stains. If you’re feeling fancy, polish the copper with a napkin or apply beeswax when you’re through.
Vinegar, salt, and flour paste provide a more gooey fix. Make a thick paste out of the three ingredients and massage it over the copper surface. You already know what comes next: Rinse and pat dry. This trio will certainly heal your copper!
The acid in ketchup is what makes the tarnish disappear for humans.
This approach is a little messy, but it works well. To begin, open your refrigerator and take out your ketchup bottle. Apply a little layer on your copper and set it aside for a few minutes. Wipe away the coating gently and rinse the object. Using a napkin, dry it off.
Here are a few more things to bear in mind:
Check to see whether your copper has been lacquered or coated (does it have a gleaming protective coating?). If so, all you need to do is clean the copper with a damp cloth and soap. Later, dry off the copper.
If your glossy coating has fallen off in spots, remove it completely before you begin.
Be kind with yourself. Don’t vent your rage on the weak metal since it will deteriorate. Take care of your copper as if it were a pet.
In extreme situations, use harsh chemicals such as baking soda.
While cleaning, be creative and use a toothbrush in difficult-to-reach areas.
Metal polishes, such as Barkeeper’s Friend, can also be used, although they may harm the surface.
Copper Prevention and Care
Or, as I prefer to refer to it, damage control. If you take care of your copper and don’t let it tarnish in the first place, you won’t need to use any of the procedures listed above. Your copper should be lacquered. It should be coated. There are numerous simple-to-use products available (such as ProtectaClear). Follow the directions on the container and let the spray to dry completely. Avoid touching the thing with your bare hands. The sole requirement for preserving copper is that no air is allowed!
You should also avoid using a harsh cleaning that contains bleach on your copper kitchenware.
How Often Should Copper Be Cleaned and Polished?
When you clean copper, it comes into contact with the devil, which produces tarnishing. Your copper will not tarnish as rapidly if you apply a sealant soon after cleaning. As a result, you won’t have to clean it as frequently.
Make care to polish your copper after each cleaning to keep it looking nice as well as safe!