Bronze flatware – eating and serving utensils made of a copper alloy with or without nickel-plating or other finish -- comes in plain designs as well as decorative designs that may require additional cleaning. Additionally, bronze flatware has copper in it, which can stain and corrode. As a result, the methods used to clean it differ slightly from other metal flatware such as stainless steel.

Step 1

Wash your bronze flatware immediately after you use it with warm soapy water and a cloth. Rinse it thoroughly and then wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

Step 2

Apply a homemade bronze cleaning paste to the flatware to remove the stains or a commercial bronze flatware-cleaning product. To make your own paste, pour 1/2 cup vinegar into a container, add 1/2 tsp. salt and sprinkle flour into the container while mixing with a spoon until the contents of the container have a paste-like consistency.

Step 3

Apply the paste, or commercial cleaner, to the flatware and wait 20 minutes. If you're using a commercial product, wait for as long as recommended on the product label.

Step 4

Wipe the paste or commercial cleaner from the flatware. Rinse the flatware thoroughly with warm running water. Dry and polish your flatware with soft cloths.