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Cleaning really badly tarnished copper

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kittylester Wed 11-Jan-17 15:15:55

As copper is on trend, I've fished out an old copper baskety thing that was mum's. I hated cleaning it when I was young but would like to put it on the chest in the hall. However, it is really, really, really tarnished and using the proprietary copper cleaner is going to take so long it will have gone back out of fashion before I get it clean. Also, it has lots of nooks and crannies that collect the cleaner!

Has anyone got any clever suggestions please! Many thanks.

Greyduster Wed 11-Jan-17 15:25:50

John Lewis do some stuff called Town Talk Anti Tarnish Brass and Copper polish. You rub it on and then rinse it off and dry with a soft cloth. I have only used the silver version of the polish but it is good. I used to use JL silver foam, but this is not as messy.

Greyduster Wed 11-Jan-17 15:33:22

Or salt and white wine vinegar.

tanith Wed 11-Jan-17 15:37:15

I've heard you can make a paste with salt vinegar and flour then apply with a tooth brush leave for a while and just wash off in warm water... sposed to work well.

kittylester Wed 11-Jan-17 15:50:13

Thank you - I'll try anything that doesn't involve too much elbow grease!

Bbnan Wed 11-Jan-17 16:31:42

I use tomato ketchup to clean my Cooper piping it's the only thing I can get t clean with

fiorentina51 Wed 11-Jan-17 16:37:41

I know it sounds daft but I accidentally spilt tomato ketchup on part of an old saucepan.The area affected came up like new so I decided to cover the whole pan with the stuff, it worked a treat!

kittylester Wed 11-Jan-17 18:06:24

It does sound daft but IT WORKS. Tomato sauce it is. I'll buy JL next time I go though for regular use!

Greyduster Wed 11-Jan-17 18:31:58

If the tomato sauce works, kitty I'd stick with that - it's a helluva lot cheaper than Town Talk!!

J52 Wed 11-Jan-17 18:51:55

While we're on the subject, toothpaste cleans silver. I put it on a toothbrush and clean sliver bracelets etc with it.

Bbnan Wed 11-Jan-17 19:41:22

I only do it about once a month,,,,was going to box pipes off but elderly plumber told me to do this over 30 years ago...Lovely feature attached to range

NfkDumpling Wed 11-Jan-17 20:32:27

Tomato ketchup works beautifully. Spread it on, leave five minutes clean off with one of those sponge/scourer washing up pads. Depending on the brand it might leave a rosy glow.

NfkDumpling Wed 11-Jan-17 20:34:02

Thanks J52, I'd forgotten the toothpaste trick.

jenn Wed 11-Jan-17 20:49:12

brown sauce works too

Elegran Wed 11-Jan-17 20:54:28

And for silver, line a bowl with aluminium foil, add a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda, the pour over boiling water so that is fizzes. Soak the silver in it while it is still hot. You can almost watch the tarnish vanishing. The aluminium goes discoloured as the tarnish molecules transfer to it.

Elegran Wed 11-Jan-17 20:59:39

Rinse it then, of course, and rub it up with a soft cloth. don't do this on any plated silver that has bare bits of the under metal, they will discolour.

mrsmopp Thu 12-Jan-17 01:48:45

Yes I think it's ketchup too and I wonder if it works on brass as well? Anyone know?

Elegran Thu 12-Jan-17 12:13:00

It is the vinegar in the tomato sauce and brown sauce. The rest of the ingredients just spread it nicely around and keep it in place to do its work.

grannypiper Thu 12-Jan-17 17:45:49

Brown sauce, cheap and better than using harsh chemicals, rub it on leave for a few minutes rub off. Make sure you have sunglasses close to hand

shysal Fri 13-Jan-17 09:27:50

Thank you for reminding me that my copper tray needs cleaning. I use Brasso wadding cleaner, which I think used to be called Duraglit. Although the tray is ornate it doesn't get stuck in the grooves. Rub on, buff off, hardly any elbow grease required and very satisfying.