Copper is a beautiful home accent, whether it’s in the kitchen as a backsplash or in the bathroom as a countertop. However, copper is only beautiful when it’s clean and shiny so it’s important to know how to maintain this metal. Take a look at our tips so you know how to clean copper and show it off to an advantage.
How to Tell if Your Item is Real Copper
Of course, to properly clean copper you must first ascertain if the item in question is actually made of copper. The best way to tell if your item is only plated or a real solid copper piece is with a magnet. Magnets will not stick to a copper piece. If the magnet does stick, the item is made of another metal and only plated with copper.
Dust your decorative copper on a regular basis. This will prevent grime and dust from collecting on your copper items. You can use a duster or a damp cloth for dusting your copper items.
Clean Copper Items
Keep your copper looking fresh with occasional washing. In a bowl mix mild dish soap with warm water. Saturate a soft cloth with the soapy water and wipe down your items. Remember to dry as you go so you don’t leave water marks behind.
When you’re not wearing your copper jewelry store it in plastic bags. This will protect your jewelry, keep it shiny, and make it last longer. Next time you wear the jewelry it will be clean and ready to show off.
How to Remove Tarnish
Use a salt scrub to remove any tarnish on your copper items. To make the scrub combine 3 tablespoons of salt, a few squirts of lemon juice, and white vinegar. This mixture should have the thick consistency of a paste. Apply a thick layer to the tarnished area and let it sit for 15 to 30 seconds. Dampen a sponge with the mixture and scrub the item using small circular motions. Rinse with warm water and dry.
Consider Lacquering Your Copper Items
If you have a piece of decorative copper you are not using you may want to consider lacquering the item. After a while, exposure to air and moisture can make your copper item turn green. Waxing the item is only a temporary fix. Lacquering your copper item will prevent it from tarnishing.
These are the easiest ways to keep your copper looking elegant without any harsh chemicals. Now you have the knowledge to protect your items and show off a stellar copper collection. If you’re too busy to maintain shiny copper, have your local home maid service help.