March 25, 2020

Cleaning Copper at the Farm

It’s always so satisfying to check off time-consuming cleaning chores.

While we’re all spending more time at home, it's a good idea to get some home-keeping projects done and out of the way. Several times a year, my housekeepers take on the task of cleaning and polishing the copper at the farm - well ahead of any spring entertaining. Copper is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with a distinct pinkish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, as a building material, and as a popular metal for cookware and other home decorating items. Over time, copper loses its luster and acquires a tarnish when exposed to air, so it is important to clean it regularly. For information on the care and cleaning of copper, be sure to go to my web site at You’ll also find helpful tips in both my “Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home” and in “The Martha Manual: How To Do (Almost) Everything.”

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