How to Use a Copper Polishing Cloth to make Moscow Mule Mugs Shiny Again!


Copper is a lovely metal that has become increasingly popular in modern households. Unlike stainless steel, copper's rich orange-gold brilliance may easily turn dull and black, even taking on a chalky greenish patina when exposed to air and the elements.

It adds charm to vintage pieces but some people prefer the shiny glow of gleaming, polished copper. When you take the time to learn how to clean copper properly, the shiny rose-gold metal becomes a real showstopper.

In this short article we will review a few easy ways to clean copper naturally using ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.

Follow the steps below to clean and polish copper Moscow mule mugs, copper barware or any other decorative copper accents you have at home.  

Easy Method 1: 

These are the ingredients you will need:

  • Vinegar (white) 
  • Mild dish soap
  • A few lemons   
  • Table salt 
  • 1 Microfiber polishing cloth


To make a paste, combine fine grain salt and enough vinegar until it has a consistency you can pick up with your finger. 

  • Rub the mixture onto the copper's surface with a soft towel. 
  • Rinse using warm tap water.
  • Polish gently using a dry microfiber cloth.

Easy Method 2: 

These are the ingredients you will need:

  • Ketchup (one bottle) 
  • 1 tablecloth (dry)
  • Water from the tap

Steps to follow: 

  • First step: Using ketchup, cover your copper mug or copper accessory. Apply a little coating over all tarnished surfaces. 
  • The second step is to wait an hour and let it sit still. 
  • Step three: Rinse the ketchup off with tap water to remove all of it. 
  • Step four: Using a soft microfiber cloth, polish and dry the surface thoroughly. 

This short tutorial will show you how the entire procedure works:

Learning how to clean copper correctly is just as vital as learning how to dry it properly. After cleaning copper, it must be properly cleansed and dried. Any acid, abrasive, or water remaining on the barware at this point will result in uneven splotches and water stains. Use one soft towel to dry properly and a second ultra fine microfiber cloth to polish for a gleaming finish.

I used to work as a bartender a few years ago and because I couldn’t find the right set of polishing cloths for my home and friends I decided to create a solution on my own that I wished I had when I was working at bars. As a result, I put together a set of two high-quality black microfiber wine polishing cloths that are great for polishing copper, glassware and barware. The set also comes with a wash bag that works to protect the cloths from lint producing items such as towels. 

When polishing, to keep your hands away from previously polished surfaces, each of our Large Microfiber Wine Polishing Cloth measures 20 inches long by 24 inches wide. They're designed to be simple to use and slide over your metallic barware (or glassware) without leaving behind any lint, dust, scratches, streaks, fingerprints, residue, or water marks.

metal polishing cloth set

These strong black polishing cloths are ideal for polishing stainless steel or copper. They can also be used on wine glasses, decanters, home bar accessories, wine equipment, barware, and steel utensils as well. They're so soft, you can even wipe your reading glasses with them!

You can learn more about our kit of black microfiber polishing cloths over here: Set of Microfiber polishing cloths by Lifestyle Banquet

So, how about you? Have you used metal polishing cloths before? What happened? Please share your thoughts in the comments box so that we can all participate in the discussion. Please share this article on Pinterest or Facebook if you enjoyed it. It would be extremely beneficial to our cause. Many thanks!

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