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zinc countertop care and cleaning

Zinc Care and Cleaning

Care and cleaning of zinc is a complicated conversation. Start with the terms: patina, aging, distressed, mottled. It's a unique language, but let's focus on two important concepts: "clean" and "polished."

There's a big difference and here's why. Zinc can be a clean surface but still show spots. Polishing will typically remove the spots, but it is likely that new reactions will form.

Cleaning Instructions

 

We recommend allowing the zinc to develop a natural patina based on its use. Therefore, it is best to use cleaning techniques and products that fit best with your household or business.

Tips

  • Soft cloth and mild soap
  • Scrub and on occasion with an abrasive sponge
  • Avoid cleaners with ammonia, bleach, or citric acid.

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Care Instructions

The biggest issue with zinc is understanding that a spot can form from a wide variety of things. The first spots will be fingerprints, water marks and maybe a cleaning agent. It is to be expected and the frequency of the spots will depend on how you are using the surface.

Tips

  • Spray cleaners or commercial soaps should be tested to see if they darken the zinc.
  • Metal polish such as Brasso can be used to remove any unwanted spots but we do not recommend trying to maintain a polished finish for countertop surfaces.

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Recommended Products

For regular cleaning, pick up some Method Surface Cleaner on your next trip to Home Depot. Order now and have it ready when you arrive.

To polish your zinc countertop, order Brasso and plan to work on the entire surface for a uniform finish.

A wax can be useful to slow the reaction process and keep a more uniform color on the zinc. We recommend this food-safe conditioner.