How to Clean Copper Gas Lanterns

When it comes to lighting systems that offer warmth and class all at once, copper gas lanterns from Legendary Lighting are second to none. With a wide variety of styles, ranging from modern gas lanterns to antique copper lanterns, our gas lanterns enhance any indoor or outdoor space. Routine maintenance to keep your lanterns looking their very best and in prime functioning condition is an important element of gas lantern ownership. Lantern experts from Legendary Lighting are here to share all the tips and techniques for copper lantern maintenance that you need to know! 


Tips on Cleaning Copper Gas Lanterns

When you first get your Legendary Lighting copper gas lantern, you’ll love its burnished copper gleam. Yet when copper is exposed to the elements, it can oxidize and dull the surface, leaving your lantern lackluster. To restore that gorgeous coppery sheen, simply follow some of the copper lantern cleaning tips below!

There are a few methods that work to remove oxidation from copper lanterns

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and buff out with a rag and warm water
  • Cut a lemon and sprinkle salt on the lemon, then rub the lemon on the copper
  • Combine equal parts flour, salt, and vinegar and apply the paste to the copper; after 30 minutes, rinse with a rag and warm water before drying
  • Mild detergent and a warm water wash followed by a good dry (most appropriate for copper-plated lanterns)

Of course, there are always a few “don’ts” when cleaning copper lanterns. Our shortlist includes DON’T:

  • Clean the lantern with abrasive sponges or steel wool
  • Use chemicals and abrasive cleaners
  • Immerse your lantern in water
  • Clean the lantern while in use/with the flame on or while it’s still hot
  • Start cleaning without testing the technique first (we always suggest testing any cleaning technique first on a small, inconspicuous spot of the lantern)


How to Clean Gas Lantern Tip

Cleaning a gas flame burner tip, like that which is in your Legendary lantern, should be completed at least two times a year.  You can also clean the tip as needed, anytime you notice the flame is obstructed or diminished for no other apparent reason. This includes running a wire brush, thick thread, or dental floss through the slot in the tip. This removes any soot that is obstructing the tip and increases airflow around the wick. Then wipe it off with a soft cloth or sponge. It’s that simple! 


Copper Lantern Best Maintenance Practices

To keep your copper lantern performing perfectly while looking amazing, you can apply the following best practices for copper lanterns.

  • Avoid excessive flame heights
  • Avoid harsh cleaning agents or applicators
  • Clean on a regular basis
  • Dry off after exposure to water
  • Clean the glass with warm water and a soft rag (or remove the glass to clean it with glass cleaner)
  • Remove any rust with soft and gentle sandpaper
  • Oil all hinges
  • Coat with beeswax or vegetable oil after cleaning

Ultimately, copper lanterns are beautiful additions to any indoor or outdoor space. All it takes to keep your copper lanterns functioning and gleaming brilliantly is a little TLC from time to time. Legendary Lighting’s copper gas lanterns are all constructed from high-quality copper, handcrafted right here in the United States. For less work and a ton of aesthetic gain, purchase a Legendary Lighting gas lantern today! Quality that lasts is our promise! 

Building Legendary Copper Lanterns Since 1999