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Old 01-11-2004, 06:34 PM   #1
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Care for copper cookware

I have a set of calphalon tri-ply copper cookware and find it impossible to obtain the bright, shiny finish they had prior to the first use. I clean them with the calphalon cream polish, then quickly dry them to avoid spotting, however, the next day I notice darker swirl marks and other discolorations. I hang them on a pot rack rather than storing in a cabinet; would being exposed to the air make a difference? I would appreciate any tips/advice. p.s. I've also tried brasso and find the same disappointing results.

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Old 01-11-2004, 08:36 PM   #2
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I am currently testing a set of copper bottomed tri-ply cookware for a review later on. The care manual stated that this discoloration is normal. Just for the heck ooof it I tried barkeeper's Friend on the copper. Came out nice!
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Old 01-11-2004, 08:41 PM   #3
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copper care

isn't barkeeper's friend abrasive? i sure don't want to scratch a set of $500 cookware!
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Old 01-12-2004, 07:36 AM   #4
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Yes it is mildly abrasive about like using baking soda. But for heavy oxidation you either need abrasive or acid. I will try lemon juice and vinegar next and let you know how THEY do.
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:19 PM   #5
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ok--let me know how it works for you.
the calphalon cream does do a good job with the oxidation (they look good as new after i rinse them) , however, it's a few hours after i have dried the piece that i notice the color turning darker (a dull, darker copper rather than the bright, shiny copper). anyway, let me know how the lemon juice works and thanks!
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I have rubbed my copper with ketchup, let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes, then washed off. I guess that would be the "acid" :-)
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Old 01-14-2004, 09:50 AM   #7
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i am trying the ketchup trick right now-i'll let you know how it turns out. (i just hope my dogs do not realize there is a "tasty" saucepan sitting on the counter)
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How did it turn out 2dogsmom - the curious want to know??? 8)
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Old 01-14-2004, 02:02 PM   #9
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actually, really well. this pan was not severly oxidized liked they usually are after cooking, so i will have to try with one that is.
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