How can I keep copper door handles clean?

by Martha

Our house is 23 yrs old the outside door handles are really a mess. I’ve tried different things to clean but nothing worked so I sprinkled bartenders powder on a wet sponge the added enough water to melt the powder. I then cleaned the patio door knob and it looks great . Then I started to clean the front door handle, not so good. You can see the pic I’m sending it doesn’t look good at all so stopped immediately. Is there a way to protect what I was able to clean.

  6 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jun 14, 2019

    You can spray with spar varnish one cleaned to your satisfaction. Best to remove from door.

    Brite Boy works good on copper.

  • William William on Jun 14, 2019

    Problem is most of the time entry locksets are coated with a clear sealer at the factory. Bar Keepers Friend probably rubbed the some of the finish off. That's why it's blotchy. Try using ketchup to clean the copper. Slather it on and let it sit for a while then wipe off. Seal with Rustoleum 2X spray paint. Tape around the faceplate so not to get any on the door.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 15, 2019

    Your door hardware is not solid copper, but only copper-plated.

    From the picture you posted, it appears that that coating has worn off.

    I would not think that it was the cleaner (was it BarKeeper's Friend ?) that caused the coating to come off, but more so simply wear and tear over time.

  • Grace Gleason Grace Gleason on Jun 15, 2019

    It looks like whoever lived there before had a big bunch of keys and scratched the finish off every time they unlocked the door. You may need to removed the latch and lock and spray paint the whole thing, or just replace it.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jun 15, 2019

    I agree with all above. It has a copper finish that's simply worn off. Door handles and knobs get a lot of exposure and take a lot of wear and tear. If you can't afford to replace it, the best thing would be to remove all the hardware and repaint it with some Rustoleum Copper 2X. The can should say it has primer in it, too. I love this stuff. Finish with your BarKeeper's Friend to prep the surface. Follow the directions and make sure you don't clog the keyhole as you spray. Three light coats should do it. Follow that with with an exterior clearcoat spray - whatever finish you like: satin, gloss, etc. Replace the lockset and remember what you did. You'll be doing it again in a few years' time.