How do I clean copper?

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How do I clean copper?

If you have an antique or older piece of copper it is better not to clean it and remove the aged patina. If you really want that shiny copper look, say for pots and pans, there are commercial copper polishes available at most grocery stores. You only want to wipe antiques and collectibles though and not polish off the patina unless you don’t care about lowering the value of an antique or collectible. If you use a cloth use a very soft cotton or flannel cloth to wipe the surface. There are ways to make your own polish for the copper you do want highly polished. One is simply to soak it in something like beer which eats away the oxidation. Then wash it off and dry it. Another is to use a mixture of salt and lemon juice or salt and vinegar if you don’t want to use a premade chemical mixture like the kind you buy in stores. That is more environmentally friendly. Don’t scrub too hard though so you don’t scratch the surface of the copper when you clean it. For the most part don’t even bother cleaning outside copper unless you plan to seal the copper with a varnish finish to keep it from oxidizing and changing colour again. If you don’t seal it, it will start changing colour and you will have to polish it over and over like you do sterling silver. You can also polish copper without removing the oxidation by wiping it down with oil. Olive oil works well. Then remove the excess as you polish the copper with a soft cloth. Mama Nono

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