Copper cleaning

How to clean copper mugs properly?

Two of the most common questions people ask as proud owners of copper mugs are, "How do I clean my copper mugs?" and "How can I remove those stains and make them shine again?".

As its typical characteristic, copper will naturally tarnish over time.

This is not a sign of poor quality, but reflects the purity of the copper. This is because it reacts with the oxygen in our air, which can cause stains. These stains will appear in different colors and shapes depending on whether or not water is involved in this reaction. This may not be completely preventable, but it can be kept to a minimum with proper precautions and cleaning.

Here we will give you helpful tips and tricks on how to clean and care for your copper mugs.

1st method - Normal cleaning

For normal cleaning after use, we recommend that you only wash your copper mugs by hand and never put them in a dishwasher.

Apply a mild detergent with a sponge. Then wipe the cups with the sponge in a circular motion.

Rinse with water. You can use cold or warm water to rinse the cups. Rinse until the soap is gone.

Dry each cup thoroughly with a cloth. While drying, also pay attention to small nooks and crannies so that there is no moisture anywhere. This is very important to avoid stains. Make sure that the cups are really completely dry. Only in this way you will avoid the premature formation of oxidation stains.

2nd method - with lemon and salt

Pour 4 tablespoons of salt into a plate. You can use regular table salt, sea salt or any other kind of table salt. Depending on how many cups you want to clean, you may need more salt.

Cut a lemon into four pieces. Alternatively, you can cut the lemon in half.

If you are cleaning multiple cups, you may need two or more lemons. Now place the lemons on the salt. Make sure that the fleshy part of the lemon is completely covered with salt.

Now rub the cups with the lemons. Do this in a circular motion. Scrub the outside and inside of the cups until all stains are removed and their surfaces shine again.

Rinse the mugs with cold or warm water. Rinse them thoroughly until all lemon and salt residue is removed.

Dry each mug thoroughly with a cloth. While drying, also pay attention to small nooks and crannies so that there is no moisture anywhere. This is very important to avoid stains. Make sure that the cups are really completely dry. This is the only way to prevent oxidation stains from reappearing.

3rd method - vinegar and baking soda

Take 3 parts baking soda and 1 part vinegar to form a paste. Mix baking soda and vinegar until a paste is formed. The paste should have a toothpaste-like consistency.

Apply the paste with a sponge. Cover the inside and outside of the cup with the paste.

Leave the paste on for five minutes. Depending on how tarnished the mugs are, the paste may need to be left on longer, 5 or 10 minutes.

Wipe the cups with a sponge. Do this after the paste has set. Scrub the cups in a circular motion until all the coating is gone and the surfaces are shiny again.

Rinse the cups with cold or warm water. Rinse them until all traces of paste and residue are gone.

Dry each mug thoroughly with a cloth. While drying, also pay attention to small corners and edges so that there is no moisture anywhere. This is very important to avoid stains. Make sure that the cups are really completely dry. This is the only way to prevent oxidation stains from reappearing.

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