Cleaning Antique Copper

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When cleaning antique copper, it's important to get any dirt or residue off by washing it with regular dish soap. Discover why it's important to avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough materials on antique copper with help from a professional house... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to clean antique copper. The first thing you want to do is get any dirt or residue off of the copper by washing it with just a regular dish soap. Use a sponge, you don't want to use anything too abrasive to scrub copper with because it's a soft metal and it can scratch really easily. So don't use steel wool or anything like that. Rinse it completely, dry it off really well and you'll be left with a greenish blue stain. And the way that you want to get that off is first get a metal polish and apply it to a rag or a paper towel, something like that, rub it on there, buff it all over and wipe it clean. If you're still left with some residue after you do this a few times, you want to repeat it a few times, if you're still left with residue, get some ketchup and apply it to there, let it sit until it dries and wipe it off. You repeat that and your copper should look like brand new. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you clean antique copper.