How to Clean a Copper Table Top

What You'll Need
Dry cloth
Table salt

It is very easy to clean a copper table top and keep it looking beautiful and new.

Step 1 - Cleaning

New copper pieces will most likely have a lacquer coating on them to keep the copper bright and looking like new. Don't clean that lacquer coating with anything other than a dry cloth to dust it. If something is spilled on it, mop it up immediately and dry to prevent stains or discoloration. Always use coasters under wet glasses or cups of liquid to prevent problems.

If you have an older copper top it may be dark, scratched or starting to get green streaks in places. There are different ways to take care of this.

Step 2 - Lemon and Salt

Simply cut a lemon in half, dip into regular table salt and use it to scour the copper until its shiny and bright again. Wipe dry with a dry clean cloth. The acid of the lemon will also help remove dark spots or greening.

Step 3 - Lemon, Salt and Flour

If you have a large area to clean and polish, mix together equal amounts of lemon juice, salt and flour, apply on a clean cloth like a paste and use it like a polishing creme. Wipe clean with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth.