Join our community of Solution Seekers!

How to Polish Copper

By Marla Garfield
Copper potWendell Webber

What to Use

Wright's Copper Cream ($5, jawright.com, 800-837-8140 for store locations) or Goddard's Brass & Copper Polish ($5.55, goddards.com).
 
 

What to Know

Some sources say to clean copper with lemon and salt, but it's best to stay away from these materials. The acidity of the lemon and the abrasiveness of the salt can ruin copper's finish. Use a commercial copper polish instead.
 
 

Useful Tips

Tarnish is difficult to remove when it has settled in hard-to-reach spots, such as the seam where a handle attaches to a pot. Paste polishes are likely to cake in those areas. To clean, use a Q-tip or a horse-hair brush. To remove caked-on paste, use rubbing alcohol.
Read More About:Dusting & Polishing

What do you think about this article? Share your own solutions and ideas

View Earlier Comments
Advertisement

Quick Tip

Mythic Paint

Home stores and paint shops will often sell, for a fraction of the regular price, cans of paint that customers returned because the color was not quite right for them. Get more tips.