Properties and Uses
Perhaps the most iconic property of copper is that the metal oxidizes over time, its color changing from a signature red to a greenish color (as seen on the Statue of Liberty). While not typically popular in architectural projects, copper is frequently found in artwork, plumbing, and occasional decorative or accent pieces within homes, such as kitchen range hoods, trim, backsplashes, and other fixtures.
Copper can be cleaned using a solution made up of 50% lacquer thinners and 50% water. Clean the copper only with the direction of the grain, never against. To clean, use a lint-free cloth to remove dirt, grime, and traces of oxidation, then rinse using clean water, and finally wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.