Copper Sinks Care & Maintenance
Copper sinks: The sinks will weather/age/patina with time and normal use. To prevent this, we need to dry it after every use or apply normal wax at least once in 30 days.
Copper is a natural antibacterial product that requires minimal care. For regular maintenance, simply rinse the sink after each use. Otherwise, wash occasionally with dish soap and a sponge for a more thorough cleaning. The sinks we supply are waxed by hand. Copper sinks have a living finish, which evolves over time, which can be prevented by use of wax. Lacquered coated copper sinks and Copper bathtubs can also be supplied on demand.
Newly constructed copper sinks go through a natural aging process and may appear unsightly for a very short, “break-in” period. Initially, they will be pink in color and evolve into a rich, golden or caramel-brown color. In a short time, your sink will develop dark spots and marks where water or other products have caused natural oxidation. This is normal. These spots will blend together and transform your sink into a beautifully vibrant display of color. Acid products, like ketchup or lemon, will remove the patina on your sink if left on for a while. Not to worry… The patina will revive quickly and any spots will vanish in a short time, depending on the minerals in your water.
Those customers who prefer a polished copper finish will have to withstand more regular maintenance. There are products on the market, such as Barkeepers Friend and Wrights Copper Cream that are efficient, low-abrasive cleansing agents. A quality car or furniture wax may also be applied to the surface of a freshly cleaned sink to protect its finish. The wax will inhibit the antibacterial properties of the copper.
Generally, copper sinks should be left to age naturally.
Kitchens and bathrooms of tomorrow could feature copper sinks in place of stainless or porcelain. That’s the message that comes out of American and European design shows, which set the stage for future trends in interior appliances.
Sink manufacturers are turning to copper as they seek a new look that mirrors the growing use of metallic and copper colors in interior design. The dark patinas of copper also complement the deep rich tones of countertop stones like granite.
Copper has the unique advantage of oxidizing over time, which means that its color continues to evolve with the life of the sink. The older it gets, the more attractive it looks. Any scratches and flaws that occur on its surface will disappear into the metal as it oxidizes.
If you’re worried about germs, copper comes up trumps as the best surface for a clean household. Studies have shown that that copper is significantly more effective at inactivating infectious diseases than any other surface.
Common disease-causing bacteria, such as E.coli, streptococcus and the common flu virus have trouble surviving on copper, which means that whatever germs your fingers bring to the sink, they won’t survive for long if your sink is made of copper.
That’s the good news about copper sinks and copper bathtubs.
Vinegar and Salt. If copper is tarnished, boil article in a pot of water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar for several hours. Wash with soap in hot water. Rinse and dry.
We recommend following methods for copper sinks care & maintenance:
Salt, Vinegar, and Flour
Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply the paste to copper and let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with clean warm water, and polish dry.
Lemon and Salt or Baking Soda
Make a paste of lemon juice and salt, and rub with a soft cloth, rinse with water, and dry. Or use a slice of lemon sprinkled with baking soda. Rub copper with the lemon slice and rinse with water and dry. Vinegar and Salt. Pour vinegar over the surface Sprinkle salt over the acid and rub in the mixture. Rinse with warm water and polish dry.
Lemon Juice and Cream of Tartar
Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply, leave on for 5 minutes, and then wash in warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
“Bronze Disease” also attacks copper. Use hot vinegar and salt, or lemon juice and salt, copper cleaner, or buttermilk to remove these patches of corrosion. After treating, wash promptly with soap and water, rinse and dry.