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How to Clean a Copper Leaf Frame

    Removing Lacquer Coating

    • 1). Place the copper leaf frame in a large pot. Pour water into the pot with a measuring cup while keeping track of how many quarts of water you add to the pot until you submerge the entire frame.

    • 2). Add one tablespoon of baking soda for each quart of water in the pot. Thereafter, heat the water over a stove until it reaches a low boil. Allow the water to boil for 30 minutes.

    • 3). Turn off the heat and allow the water to cool off. Remove the frame and dry it off with a clean towel. Most of the coating is removed during the boiling process, and the drying removes any remaining lacquer.

    Removing Copper Leaf Tarnish

    • 1). Fill a pot with water, and then add one cup of white distilled vinegar and one tablespoon of salt.

    • 2). Place the copper leaf frame into the pot and bring it to a low boil. Allow the water to simmer for at least three hours.

    • 3). Turn off the stove and remove the frame with gloves or a pot holder so you can avoid direct contact, since the copper is too hot to touch at this point.

    • 4). Place the frame in a bowl of cool water to mixed with a squirt of dish soap. Scrub the frame with a soft sponge. Scrub with the copper's natural grain. Use moderate force until you remove all the tarnish from the surface.

    • 5). Remove the frame from the soapy water and dry it off with a clean towel.

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