How Do You Clean Oxidized Metal?

Clean oxidized metal by loosening buildup with sandpaper, soaking the metal in vinegar and lemon juice, and applying a baking soda paste to the area. You need fine grit sandpaper, a paper towel, a lemon, a bowl and a cotton ball. You also need baking soda, water, a container and a clean cloth.

  1. Loosen up the oxidation buildup

    Loosen up the corrosive buildup by carefully rubbing the oxidized area with fine grit sandpaper. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, which can scratch the metal surface.

  2. Soak the area with lemon juice

    Cut a lemon in half, and squeeze its juice into a bowl. Dip a cotton ball into the lemon juice, and sponge it onto the metal. Remove as much buildup as possible.

  3. Mix the paste

    Mix 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water in a suitable container until a thick paste forms.

  4. Apply the paste

    Apply the paste to the oxidized area in a thick layer, and then allow the paste to dry completely.

  5. Clean the surface

    Rub the dried paste away using a paper towel. The rest of the corrosion should peel off with the paste. Remove any remnants of paste and clean the surface using a fresh cloth.