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Shining Bright: Expert Advice for Caring for Your Natural Copper & Brass Items

Caring for copper
Welcome to our page dedicated to caring for natural copper and brass items! Copper and Brass possess the remarkable ability to be easily restored to their original gleaming shine with minimal time and effort. The natural tarnish that develops on copper and brass over time also offers a unique set of beneficial properties, such as offering antibacterial and rust-resistant qualities.

On this page we've compiled a collection of top tips to help you maintain and enhance the luster of your copper and brass, along with a number of the natural benefits of copper and brass tarnish. Discover the secrets to preserving their shine and learning about their beneficial properties. 

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Top tips for caring for your natural copper & brass

Below are a number of steps to help care for and restore your copper or brass items to their original shine. Please note, these methods will not be suitable for lacquered items. 

  1. Regular Dusting: Dust your copper and brass items frequently using a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime. We advise against using any abrasive cloth, as this can scratch the surface of your material.

  2. Gentle Cleaning Solutions: Use mild cleaning solutions specifically designed for copper and brass to remove tarnish and restore their shine. Avoid harsh chemicals that may damage the metal. We advise using a commonly available product such as 'Brasso'. This product is readily available and can clean and restore both copper and brass. 

  3. Avoid Abrasive Materials: When cleaning copper and brass, steer clear of abrasive materials like steel wool or harsh scrub brushes. They can scratch the surface and damage the finish.

  4. Dry Immediately: After cleaning or washing your copper and brass items, make sure to dry them promptly and thoroughly to prevent water spots and minimize the chances of tarnish.

  5. Gentle Polishing: Use a soft cloth or a dedicated metal polishing cloth to gently buff your copper and brass items to restore their shine. Avoid excessive rubbing, as it can remove the patina or damage the surface.

  6. Avoid Direct Contact with Certain Materials: Keep your copper and brass items away from acidic or alkaline substances like vinegar, bleach, or ammonia, as they can cause discoloration and damage.

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The benefits of natural copper and brass tarnish

If you choose to let your copper and brass develop a natural tarnish, you'll unlock a range of benefits. Check out the advantages we've outlined below.

  1. Antibacterial Properties: Copper has inherent antimicrobial qualities, and the tarnish that forms on its surface can help inhibit the growth of bacteria, making it a hygienic choice for various applications.

  2. Corrosion Resistance: The natural tarnish acts as a protective layer, shielding the copper and brass from corrosion and rust. This enhances their durability and extends their lifespan.

  3. Unique Aesthetic: The patina created by the tarnish gives copper and brass a distinct and beautiful appearance, adding character and depth to your items.

  4. Reduced Maintenance: Allowing the natural tarnish to develop reduces the need for frequent polishing and cleaning, as it helps to maintain the metal's appearance and protects it from further oxidation.

  5. Environmental Friendliness: Embracing the natural tarnish of copper and brass reduces the use of harsh chemicals and energy-intensive cleaning processes, making it an environmentally conscious choice.

  6. Timeless Appeal: The tarnished look of copper and brass exudes a vintage and classic charm, adding a touch of elegance to any space or collection.

By embracing the natural tarnish, you can enjoy these benefits while appreciating the unique beauty and versatility of copper and brass.

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