The great thing about copper faucets is the fact that they are absolutely beautiful and are perfect if you love the industrial look and strive to have something different in your kitchen. If your copper faucet is becoming tarnished, you might think that you have to call the plumber to replace it to bring the beauty that you fell in love with back to your kitchen. But, as with most items around the home, you can repair this damage on your own. The best part is that it can be done with no chemicals and this guide shows you how.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- an empty Spray Bottle
- white vinegar
- a couple clean cloths
- a tablespoon
Step 2: Mix the Ingredients
Pour about 16 ounces of vinegar into the spray bottle. Add about 3 tablespoons of salt into the bottle.
Shake or stir the ingredients until your solution is thoroughly mixed and you no longer see salt particles swirling around.
Prime the spray bottle by testing a few sprays into the sink. The solution you created should spray out easily. If the salt seems to clog up the sprayer, shake the bottle more until you get a smooth flow.
Step 3: Spray the Mixture on the Faucet
Spray the solution you made onto the tarnished faucet, making sure to spray the solution everywhere you see tarnish. The solution does not harm your faucet, so you don't have to be afraid to cover the entire faucet if necessary.
Because vinegar does not harm other surfaces, there is no need for worry if you get some of the solution on the counter or other portions of the sink. Simply wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
Step 4: Rub Off the Tarnish
Allow the solution to sit on the tarnish for a few moments before you wipe it off. After you've waited for a minute or two, use the cloth to wipe off the tarnish. Depending on how severe the tarnish was you may need to wipe forcefully or treat the faucet again.
Optional: Wet another clean cloth with plain water and wipe off the solution after the tarnish is gone. This is only optional because the vinegar does not harm, so this is a process that is completely dependent on your personal preference.
Once you see how well this cleaning method works on your copper faucets, give it a try on other copper fixtures around the home. Ask your plumber, such as T.C.R. Rooter & Plumbing Repair, for help if you have any issues with these steps, or if you would prefer to replace the faucet.