You might have several different pewter, brass, or copper items in your house – everything from pots to tankards, jewellery to belt buckles, and coins to candlesticks. How do you clean and polish these metal items?
You can find specialised metal cleaners that can be used to clean copper, brass, and pewter – just read the labels on these products to find the best one for you. Bear in mind that you should be careful when cleaning any valuable or antique goods – you may feel more comfortable asking the advice of an expert in this situation. You can also clean these metals using other cleaning products.
Here is a handy guide on how to clean copper, pewter, and brass.
How to Clean Copper
Copper products are durable and look luxurious, and copper is used not only for domestic but also decorative purposes. Copper cookware has a good thermal conductivity, which allows you to heat food quickly and efficiently, and copper jewellery looks elegant.
While copper tarnishes over time, fortunately, you can return copper products to their original shine at home. Here are some of the best ways to clean copper:
- There are commercial copper cleaning products available in shops – when using these, be sure to follow the directions and safety guidelines on the label
- You can also use lemons and salt to clean copper items. Simply apply some salt (preferably sea salt or coarse salt) to a half of a lemon, and then use the lemon to scrub the copper surface. This mildly abrasive cleaner should swiftly make your copper bright again. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth afterwards.