Why we use copper pans?
Copper pans are beautiful to use and look at, but over time they can become covered with a layer of tarnish. Most people want to clean their copper pans, but don’t know how. Before we go into the cleaning process, you should first understand that copper pans will always develop a patina. It’s necessary for protecting the metal from excess exposure to water and other elements.
Tarnish is a layer of corrosion that occurs on metals, including copper, silver, and brass. It’s a completely normal reaction that happens over time due to exposure to water and air. Tarnishing actually makes the metal stronger as an added layer of protection against anything it might come in contact with going through its lifetime.
How to clean the copper pans?
Before polishing a copper pans, you’ll want to give it a gentle wash. Get your copper all nice and sudsy with dish soap and warm water. Use a soft sponge (and a bit of elbow grease) to get it all off.
Use of vinegar
Let the pan dry completely before continuing on to step two. While this is going on, heat up some white vinegar until boiling in the saucepan you used for making dinner (you know, the one without any vinegar left in it). To get rid of any vinegar left over, drop in a few pieces of aluminum foil into the pan, then place it on medium heat. Once you see that the vinegar has evaporated, turn off the burner completely and let the pan cool down to room temperature.
If there are some stains which still remain, don’t worry because they can be removed using salt and other materials such as lemon juice or vinegar again. Be sure to do this after boiling water containing either of these ingredients plus coarse salt mixed together in the same proportions.
If none of those work for you then it might be time to try something else like cream of tartar added to boiling water instead of just regular white vinegar. You will need half a cup each so pour it into your pan, bring it to the boil then let it simmer for about 5 minutes while stirring it around to get rid of the surface stains. Rinse and dry after removing it from the heat source.
Use of baking soda
If there are other stains still lingering around, fill your pot with water and add 1 cup of baking soda for every gallon. Bring this mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. You should start to notice bubbles forming. Keep boiling until all foaming stops, then lower the heat so you don’t scorch anything at the bottom. Add your copper item to soak for 1020 minutes while still hot (but not boiling).
Use of salt and lemon juice
Salt is an essential ingredient used when cleaning copper pans because it helps to break down tarnish naturally without causing any scratches or marks on the metal’s surface like steel wool would do if being rubbed onto it excessively over time.
Use of soap
As soon as you’ve finished rubbing the salt and/or vinegar onto the pan, rinse it under cold water and dry it thoroughly with a towel. Don’t use steel wool for cleaning copper pans because they can scratch them easily which leads to more tarnish building up over time. It’s also better not to wash them in soapy water since soap is an abrasive material that will cause scratches. It’s ok to use soap, but only when the pan is brand new and you really need it.
For more stubborn stains, soak your copper pan in hot water with some salt added, or another fruit vinegar. If neither of these are available, then any white vinegar will do instead. Again, rinse the pan thoroughly after cleaning and dry it out before putting it away until next time. If there is something stuck on that won’t come off no matter what you try then leave the pan soaking while you go do something else for a while or overnight if possible.
Use of ketchup
If it isn’t working then there is another solution worth trying out. Take some ketchup and add half a teaspoon of coarse salt to it while mixing them together until they are completely combined with each other.
Pour this mixture onto your pan after having soaked it in water containing some fruit vinegar, hot water with salt added or white vinegar as mentioned above. Now leave this for about 10 minutes before scrubbing lightly to see if it gets rid of the stains. If you still aren’t happy with the result, then you can leave it a bit longer and scrub a little harder. Rinse and dry as normal once you have finished cleaning your copper pan.
Use of tartar
You will need some salt and cream of tartar added to boiling water, so pour yourself half a cup of each into your pan after soaking it in warm/hot water containing either lemon juice or vinegar as mentioned above.
Now bring the mixture to the boil and let it boil until there are no more bubbles coming from inside the pan before turning off the heat. Place the pan on a cool surface that isn’t hard or porous, then scrub it with your fingers. Rinse and dry as usual once you have finished cleaning.
Scrub with lemon
If you’re still having trouble then you can scrub your pan with lemon slices while boiling them in water that contains coarse salt (half a cup again). After five minutes, remove the lemons and continue boiling for another twenty minutes which should be enough time to clean copper pans properly. Rinse and dry the pan.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it easy to clean the copper pans?
Yes, it is not so difficult to clean the copper pan. But the best method is use immediately after every use.
- Do we need any professional to clean the pan?
No, we do not need any professional to clean the pan. You can use two or three methods to clean the pan.