Preventing Copper Tarnish

Preventing Tarnish on Your Copper Furniture

If you’ve had precious metal furniture or accent items before, such as sterling silverware or gold-plated candlesticks, you’ve probably learned to worry about tarnishing. Therefore, if you’re thinking about buying copper furniture, such as a copper sink, a copper bathtub or a copper tabletop, you may be concerned about how to prevent your copper furniture from tarnishing. Protecting copper from tarnishing can be a doable task with the right tips in mind. Here’s what you need to know about preventing copper tarnish.

Copper’s “Living Finish”

The thing is, copper doesn’t actually tarnish. What it does is develop a patina that becomes richer and darker over time, and actually lends character to the copper piece. This quality of copper is what many experts refer to as copper’s “living finish,” and copper enthusiasts consider it very desirable.

Preventing Spot Patinas

Something that can happen to your copper furniture is spot patinas. Your copper will not necessarily patina evenly. This is fine, but having certain small areas that patina much more quickly than the rest may create a look that you do not want. To avoid this, be sure to keep your sink dry when you’re not using it. Wipe away any residual water droplets. Use pH-neutral soaps and cleansers with your sink and rinse well when you’re done using them.

Removing the Patina

Although many copper furniture owners find their patinas desirable, you may decide you prefer the copper’s initial shine. If you find yourself unhappy with your copper furniture’s patina, you can buff the sink with a copper polishing cream. Only use such a cream once or twice, as it can damage the copper itself if used excessively. To prevent the patina from returning, apply a clear lacquer to the sink’s surface. Be aware that once you do this, the patina will never come back. You have locked in the finish as it is. You’ll also need to use only pH-neutral, non-abrasive cleaners moving forward so as not to damage the lacquer.

CopperSmith and Your Copper Furniture’s Finish

CopperSmith is proud to sell many copper furniture products with a variety of breathtaking patinas that become more striking over time. However, we also recognize that some people prefer that their copper piece's finish continues to look bright and new as the day they purchased it. For this reason, we also offer copper furniture pieces that we coat with a special finish to lock in the piece's existing patina so that it will continue to look just the way you like it for years to come.

Now that you know the issues surrounding the finish of your copper furniture over time, it’s time to pick your favorite piece and let us bring it to your home! Preventing copper tarnish is easy to accomplish as long as you know what to look for. Check out all the great copper furniture options from CopperSmith and order yours today. Contact us online, call us at 1-88-431-4677 or email us at [email protected] for more information!

July 28, 2017