To Polish or Not to Polish: Vintage Copper

To Polish or Not to Polish: Vintage Copper

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Elizabeth Giorgi
Oct 16, 2014
(Image credit: Elizabeth Giorgi)

Metallics are everywhere for fall, but if they were in a competition, copper would be winning. It's showing up on dinnerware, vases and even in jewelry. This isn't copper's first big splash; thrift stores and antique shops are bursting with the stuff. But do you polish it, or leave its natural patina?

If you go the old vs. new route, though, it means you're probably going to find a lot of copper with some serious patina.

There are definitely some great DIY and easy eco-friendly methods for cleaning it, including using flour and vinegar. However, I've found myself attracted to the less perfect version of the metal recently.

Here's an easy way to decide if you should polish it:

If you're going to use the product for cooking or serving food, it needs to be cleaned anyway and should probably get a thorough rub down before use. If you're simply using it for display, maybe keep it that way!

So what do you think? Should vintage copper be upgraded or left au natural?

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