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« Reply #15: February 25, 2008, 12:54:14 pm »

"We've got this fantastic copper tea kettle, only the inside is absolutely filthy and has a lot of built up calcium deposits. "

whether it is silver, copper or gold the best thing I have found to clean out the grunge is a little toothpaste on a soft rag or washcloth and a little polishing with that rinsed well and it should look bright as new without damaging the plating or metal. if possible you should keep anything that tarnishes wrapped in silvercloth (used to prevent tarnishing, has silver threads or something in it that pulls oxidation off the object wrapped. ) or white silk. You need to keep the air away from it as much as you can in between uses to keep oxidation down, which is what causes the tarnishing.
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« Reply #16: March 21, 2008, 05:58:59 pm »

We've got this fantastic copper tea kettle, only the inside is absolutely filthy and has a lot of built up calcium deposits. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to clean it? The handle also isn't tall enough to really get your hand in there, so I'm supposing we're just going to have to soak it in something. Would vinegar do the trick?

I've always heard rhubarb's good for a shine on the outside, but as for the innards of a copper kettle.... can't help, I'm afraid.
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« Reply #17: March 21, 2008, 11:13:48 pm »

I've always heard rhubarb's good for a shine on the outside, but as for the innards of a copper kettle.... can't help, I'm afraid.

That's fine, the vinegar worked beautifully (although it took three days of sitting to get all the deposits away.) Rhubarb is an interesting idea next time I clean the outside. How exactly would you use it?
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« Reply #18: March 23, 2008, 08:18:55 am »

That's fine, the vinegar worked beautifully (although it took three days of sitting to get all the deposits away.) Rhubarb is an interesting idea next time I clean the outside. How exactly would you use it?

As far as I'm aware, one simply rubs the juice on by mashing the stalk onto it. I couldn't tell you, to be honest. It's just something I picked up off QI. :p

Lemonade for silver too... not sure where I got that idea from. Tongue
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