There’s nothing prettier than sparkling copper tiki torches on a sunny day, and your neighbors are sooooo jealous. But what happens when your torch loses its luster? Don’t despair…a good-as-new tiki torch is just a few easy steps away!
If your torch is just plain dirty: It’s outside all day, so your torch is bound to pick up its share of garden-variety dirt, pollen and dust. If this is the case with your torch, a good all-purpose cleaner like Simple Green should get it back to sparkling clean. Just spray some cleaner on a soft cloth, and polish away. These types of cleaners will remove some sooty residue, but won’t tackle heavy-duty burnt on soot.
If your torch has burnt-on soot residue: I tried Brasso, but your favorite metal cleaner should do the trick here, just make sure it’s safe for copper. Coat the entire torch with the cleaner (let it sit for a few minutes on areas that are particularly sooty), and buff off with a clean rag. Use this product sparingly (a nice overall thin coating will do it), or you’ll find yourself doing a lot more buffing than you’d planned to get it all off.
If your torch has corrosion:(WARNING: This home remedy should only on very corroded copper torches, as it may also remove any protective clear coating.) As you can see from the photos, my test subject had dirt, burnt-on soot AND corrosion. Between the Simple Green and Brasso, it was almost pristine, except for a nasty spot of corrosion still on the top. Luckily, I found a cheap, easy fix that did the trick: mix one teaspoon of salt, one tablespoon of flour and enough vinegar to make a thick paste. Apply it only to the corroded areas, and let it sit for 60 minutes. The corrosion should wipe off (or in my case, I scraped it off with my fingernail). Voila – all clean!
Your yard is the pride of the neighborhood – make sure your tiki torches are up to snuff as well (pun intended). Show us your clean, clean, copper torches!