Almost four years have passed since we had our privacy fence installed. Each fence post was topped with a beautiful shiny copper cap. They gleamed in the sun and made the fence look amazing. Time has passed and I seriously neglected those caps. Big mistake! Don’t neglect your copper! I needed to restore them back to their original beauty… or at least attempt to. Today I’m going to show you How to Polish Copper naturally.
See what four years of neglected copper looks like. It’s not pretty is it? I certainly didn’t pay extra to have ugly tarnished, bird pooped stained, copper caps. It was time to take responsibility and clean these babies up!
My mom used to own many copper pots and pans and I remember her trying to keep them polished and looking beautiful. She informed me that the best way to keep your copper clean is to first of all, not let it get tarnished! Ok, mega fail #1 on my part. Now what? Mom used a chemical polish and I did try one but it didn’t work well at all. It smelled horrid and toxic and I didn’t feel comfortable using it. On to plan “B”. Let’s try the old fashioned, natural way to polish copper by using salt and lemon.
Cut 1/3 off the end of a lemon and pour a very generous amount of salt on lemon.
Rub the lemon in small circular motions all over the copper, squeezing a bit of juice out as you go. Add more salt and repeat until the copper tarnish is removed. Now I will be totally honest with you all. It did not remove as much as I had hoped but I think you can see the huge difference it did make. I am kicking myself for not maintaining the copper over the years.
Just look at the difference between the two sides! After all sides were polished, I rinsed the copper cap off with some water and dried it with a towel. Then I applied a light coat of olive oil and buffed the copper cap to a warm glow.
So now instead of blackened fence post caps, I have pretty copper caps that glisten when the sun hits them! I’m excited with the results, even though it takes some effort. I did also experiment with salt and white vinegar and found it didn’t work as well as the lemon did. Besides, the lemon smells so much nicer than vinegar!
So far I have polished 4 copper caps and I only have 5 to go! Time to buy another lemon!Oh yes, I should remind you to wear some gloves. The lemon juice and salt won’t hurt you at all, but if you don’t want to have Shrek-green fingernails, then wear some gloves! How do you polish your copper? Do you have any copper pieces you love?