How to Care for a Copper Bathtub

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Copper bathtubs add a distinctive look to both modern and classically decorated bathrooms. In addition to looking stylish, copper bathtubs have the advantage of being simple to care for. Part of the lure of a copper bathtub is its patina, that is, a surface that changes with time and exposure to the elements. To maintain a copper bathtub, gently clean it after each use and allow the patina to change and deepen over time.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Mild soap
  • Rinse your bathtub after using it by running water over the surface of the tub to wash away any excess soap, dirt or residue. If you rinse your tub after each use there will never be a buildup of soap or grime.

  • Clean your bathtub weekly with mild soap and a soft cloth. Do not use any abrasive cleaners or brushes on the copper surface. Also, avoid any harsh cleaning products or cleansers intended for a porcelain bathtub. Anything stronger than mild soap will damage the surface of your copper tub.

  • Dry your tub thoroughly after each use and after you clean it. Hard water deposits will form on your tub if you allow soap or water to sit on the bottom of it.

  • Leave any scratches or scrapes that appear on the surface of the copper. Copper scratches easily, but, the scratches also fade quickly. An antique patina is part of copper's charm, so just accept any imperfections on the tub's finish. The appearance of the copper will change over time and the scratches will blend into the tub's finish.

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