Metal kitchenware always looks so shiny and inviting when you see them on the store. They are so irresistible that you buy them without a thought. After a while, though, the shine fades and you are faced with the unappealing task of cleaning them. Cleaning brass or copper kitchenware does take some effort but it really isn’t all that complicated. Here are some tips regarding the materials you need and the steps you have to follow when cleaning them:
Have the Cleaning Materials Ready
For copper, prepare a cloth-based scouring pad and copper cleanser. Go to the hardware store and ask the sales people about these. Don’t use a very rough pad as it might damage the surfaces. Cloth is the best material for polishing these things. As for brass, collect some household items like vinegar, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Find a used toothbrush that you no longer need and mild dish soap. Have plenty of clean water on standby.
Submerge the brass items in a strong solution of either vinegar water or lemon water. Let the acid work its way to the dirt on the surfaces. Leave them in this state for up to two hours. After this long acid treatment, get the items and begin to wash using the mild liquid soap. It’s best to use soft toothbrush as it is small enough to get to hard to reach surfaces. Once you are satisfied with the dirt removal, rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.
Soak the copper pieces in water then take them out. Get the cleaning powder and add bit of water. Mix until you create a paste. Use the cloth pad to apply this paste on the copper surfaces. Work your way carefully through each one. Give them a few minutes to allow the chemicals to lift the dirt but be careful to prevent drying. Scrub them again, rinse with water, and dry with a clean cloth. Keep your brash shiny with the help of olive oil. Rub a thin layer to prevent tarnishing.
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