Once upon a time I used to be pretty.
Who wants to roast marshmallows around this?
The fire pit lives outside on our patio all winter long and the color of the copper stayed pretty bright for the first couple of years since it was covered. However, over time the flimsy cover ripped, and the elements and soot finally turned the copper black and filthy looking (not that nice green patina that I love on outdoor copper accents.) I thought I'd try to polish it up for the summer.
Some copper is lacquered, ensuring that the copper retains it's color for many years and making it easy to clean. This fire pit wasn't lacquered and required a little elbow grease to freshen it up. Copper cleaner is available at Home Depot, Lowes and hardware stores, but it is expensive and toxic.
I purchased this cleaner from my grocery store; its the same brand I use to clean my sterling silver jewelry. It was inexpensive compared to the heavy-duty copper cleaners at the hardware stores ($4.49).
I was amazed that the lemon and salt method worked JUST AS WELL as the cream.
Neither method made the copper basin look brand new,
but my goal was just to clean it up a bit and make it look a little nicer on our patio.
I actually like the weathered patina it has acquired.
(such as grills and fireplace screens.)
It's not a dramatic transformation but trust me,
it looks a lot better and ready for company!
(A note about wee ones and copper fire pits - the pit gets very hot and can be dangerous for young children especially when standing around it roasting marshmallows, so beware. :)
So what's the moral of this story?
The lemon and salt method is great for cleaning
grime and soot off your copper fire pit.
I hope this helps someone out there,
and that all of you wonderful readers of Shine Your Light
have a terrific weekend!
Thanks for visiting me today!