Maintaining an Atrium

Maintaining the Atrium

Checklists of Tasks for Assistants

Atrium Preparation

Atrium Clean-up list

Polishing Exercises
Here are some tips that may be useful for making nontoxic silver or brass cleaners. They come from the book, Magic Brands, by Joey Green.


  • Mix equal parts of flour and salt with one teaspoon white vinegar to make a paste. Spread a thick layer on the brass and let dry for 15-60 minutes. Wipe off paste and rinse clean.
  • Make a paste with lemon juice and salt, scrub gently and rinse clean.
  • Cut a lime or lemon in half, shake some salt on one half, and then rub over the copper. Wipe dry.
  • Tarnish can be removed from copper with a soft cloth and any of these ingredients that have natural acidity: vinegar, Tabasco sauce, ketchup, tomatoes, milk, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon or lime juice.
  • Combine 1 cup of vinegar, 1/8 cup of grape juice and a few drops of pine or cedar essential oil. Moisten a cloth or rag with the mixture until clean. Rinse in warm water and dry completely.


  • Mix a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply to the silver with damp sponge, rub, rinse and buff dry.
  • Mix 5 oz. of nonfat dry milk mix, 12 oz. of water, and one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let mixture stand overnight in the mixture, then rinse clean and dry.
  • Use non-gel toothpaste to shine up silver with the smallest amount of water possible. Rinse thoroughly after applying a small film. Dry and polish.
  • Make a paste of corn starch and water. Apply with a damp cloth, let dry, then rub off with a cheesecloth.
  • Bring some water and a few teaspoons of baking soda to a slow simmer in a pot or pan. Add a piece of aluminum, and then dip your silver into the mix, so to speak. Take out it out of the water mixture, dry and polish it clean with a rag.
  • Potato water! Don’t throw out your water after you boil potatoes. Let it cool, then let your silver soak for about 30 minutes