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.
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.
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.
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.
In some cases, an abrasive pad is required to remove surface oxidation and expose a fresh layer of metal. Buy this set of pads and work your way from dark to light.