Restore Tarshished Copper Light Fixtures Located On Your Home's Front Porch

If you will be listing your vacation home with a real estate agent in the near future and the copper outdoor wall lighting fixtures that are secured to your home's front porch are tarnished and there are greenish streaks on them, the following items can be used to restore the copper to its original state. Shiny copper fixtures and new bulbs will provide the outside of your home with attractive lighting and will be one of the first things that potential homebuyers notice when they attend an open house of your vacation home. 


  • vinyl tarp
  • stepladder 
  • detergent
  • bucket of warm water
  • soft sponge
  • handheld scrub brush with flexible bristles
  • cotton swabs
  • measuring cup
  • baking soda
  • water
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • buffing sponge
  • clear metal protectant

Remove Dirt And Hardened Residue

Remove the bulb from each light fixture. Place a vinyl tarp across the porch. Set a stepladder underneath the fixtures. Prepare a cleaning solution by filling a bucket with warm water and adding a small amount of a detergent to it. Stir the contents in the bucket until suds have formed. Dampen a soft sponge with the cleaning solution. Use the soapy sponge to eliminate surface dirt from each light fixture.

If hardened residue is on copper, move a scrub brush that has flexible bristles back and forth over substances to soften and remove them. If hardened residue is stuck inside of crevices on each fixture, use a cotton swab to pry materials loose from each spot. 

Eliminate Streaks And Apply A Protectant

Use a measuring cup to measure equal amounts of baking soda and water before adding the ingredients to a small bowl. Briskly stir the two components in the bowl until the mixture is thick and has the consistency of paste. Dip a small buffing sponge into the bowl. Press the sponge against streak-covered copper and move the buffing tool in small circles over each mark on the copper. Continue to add more of the mixture to one side of the sponge and move the tool over the streak-covered surfaces until the appearance of the copper has been restored.

Use a damp cloth to remove traces of the mixture. Dry each light fixture with a soft cloth. Spray a product across the surface of each light fixture that is designed to protect copper and other types of metal. While applying the product, stand a few feet back from each light fixture so that the protectant does not drip after it is applied to copper. Once the copper has dried, insert a bulb in each light fixture.

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Learning About Landscape Lighting For Gardens

My name is Angie Myers and this is my home and garden blog about landscape lighting. I have a beautiful flower garden in my back yard and I often go out there in the evenings to relax in my swing. Some evenings it gets dark before I'm ready to go back inside so I decided that I wanted to install landscape lights in my garden. I did a lot of research about the different kinds of lights that are available and I went to several lighting stores to look at their selection of lights. After choosing the types of lights I wanted and having them installed, I can now stay outside in my garden for as long as I like. If you want to learn all about landscape lighting for your garden, read the information in my blog.



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