How To Clean Copper Fountains

It's useful to know how to clean copper fountain, because fountains are constantly exposed to water and air, two things guaranteed to make copper look dirty. Keeping your copper fountain clean on a regular basis will prevent tarnishing and stains that might be hard to remove if you wait too long.

To clean copper fountains, you will need:

  • Water
  • A weak acid (such as vinegar or lemon juice)
  • Salt
  • Ketchup (optional)
  1. Mix the cleaning solution. When cleaning a copper fountain, you can mix the cleaning solution directly in the bowl of the fountain. Make sure that you have a way to drain the solution from the fountain when you are done cleaning.
  2. Clean the fountain. Use a cloth to wipe parts of the copper fountain that aren't exposed to the cleaning solution directly. Drain the cleaning solution when you are finished.

  3. Rinse the fountain thoroughly. If you don't rinse the copper fountain completely, it can reform the dark coloring that made it look dirty in the first part, or form a blue-green patina known as malachite. After rinsing, use a polishing cloth to make your fountain shine.

Tip: Alternately, ketchup can be used to clean your copper fountain. As long as you have enough ketchup on hand, it can be a good solution that does not require you to fill the bowl of the fountain with cleaning solution.

Tip: You don't necessarily have to go to all the work of cleaning your copper fountain. Although the shine of newly cleaned copper is nice, many people consider the blue-green patina that covers copper over time to be quite beautiful.

Warning: Be careful of circulating the cleaning solution through the pipes and pump of your copper fountain. Depending on the materials used for the inner workings of your fountain, the weak acid could corrode them, making the fountain not function properly. Consult your user manual.

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