How To Clean Copper Countertops

Various materials are used in making countertops. But among these materials, copper is one of the top choices. As it ages, copper changes its color in a process called oxidation. As it is exposed to oxygen, copper turns to shades of brown and, in effect, creates its own aesthetically pleasing surface. But despite this special characteristic, a copper countertop is fairly easy to maintain. Here are some suggestions on cleaning a copper countertop.

  1. Clean with warm water. The easiest way of cleaning copper countertop is by using warm water. Soak a clean cloth in a container with warm water and run it along the length of the countertop. This easily removes obvious dirt, dust, crumbs, and kitchen residues. Remember to be very gentle when wiping the countertop since copper is a soft material and is therefore prone to dents, scratches, and other surface damages. Dry the countertop with a dry, clean cloth afterwards.
  2. Use dish soap. Using mild dish soap is effective in removing stains and other tough dirt. Dilute mild dish soap in water and soak a clean cloth in it. Gently wipe the copper countertop until the stains and dirt disappear. Rinse the countertop afterwards by wiping it with a damp cloth. Then use another cloth to dry the copper countertop.
  3. Make a lemon mixture. Lemon has potent cleaning qualities. You can use this in cleaning a copper countertop by mixing its juice with salt. Douse a clean cloth with this mixture and wipe the copper countertop. This lemon mixture can easily break down tough dirt and stain, leaving your countertop clean. Use a damp cloth to rinse the countertop. Dry afterwards.
  4. Use ketchup paste. Unknown to many, ketchup is effective in cleaning a copper countertop. Make a ketchup paste by mixing ketchup, white vinegar, and salt. Ideally, you should apply a generous amount of ketchup paste to the countertop to ensure extensive cleansing. After the application, leave the paste for at least 30 minutes. Then wipe if off with a damp cloth.
  5. Create vinegar mixture. Do this by mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar with two teaspoons of salt. Mix until the salt is dissolved. Then dip a clean cloth in the mixture. Wipe the length of the copper countertop, and let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry.
  6. Apply plumber’s wax. Wax further protects the copper countertop from stains and helps in achieving a desirable copper finish. But remember not to use metal polish for this purpose since it has adverse effects to the copper color. Use metal polish only if there are undesirable marks, and apply only a minimal amount. Unless necessary, don’t use metal polish at all.

Properly cleaning your copper countertop guarantees not only a beautiful finish but also longevity. In fact, if you really maintained it well, you could even pass it on to your kids. An inherited copper countertop has a unique appeal and can be a great addition to any kitchen.


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