Copper is a very beautiful substance. It’s used for all sorts of applications including jewelry and household items, but did you know you could have a copper sink? Copper is actually a fantastic material from which to make sinks. It’s very strong, highly durable, and only gets more beautiful over time. In fact, an aged finish is often more preferred than a brand-new shiny finish. There’s just something about that aged look. It’s very appealing to people.
If you do decide to get this kind of sink, it’s vital that you take care of it properly. Without proper care and maintenance, the copper will lose it’s luster and even wear down over time.
So how do you take care of this kind of sink? It’s actually rather simple. Your first step is to maintain the quality of the copper. Most have a patina finish that has been fired into the surface of the sink. This makes it look weathered. This is what I was talking about before: the aged look is what most people prefer. However, because the aged finish is something that’s been applied to the copper sink after it was made and is not an inherent attribute of the copper itself, it can wear off. This is why you should never use anything abrasive or acid-based when cleaning your sink. Of course, you want to clean it regularly, but you never want to scrub it or polish it. This can wear away the patina, leaving extremely shiny spots behind. This is not a good look.
Please note that this does not apply to sinks that don’t have a patina finish. If your sink features copper that is very shiny and looks brand-new, you don’t have to worry about this as much. Still, most people opt for sinks that have the patina because they have an older antique look and they don’t want to have to wait for the sink to naturally age.
Caring for your sink is actually very simple. You know that you aren’t supposed to scrub or polish it or use acid-based cleaners. However, you should still clean it regularly. To do this, rinse the sink thoroughly after every use. Put a small amount of mild soap on a soft cloth and wipe down the inside of the sink. You don’t have to do this every time you use it–once a week should do. Again, avoid abrasive scrubbers and sponges and any cleaning products with harsh chemicals. And really that’s all there is to it. Following this advice will keep your copper sink clean and looking exactly like it did when you bought it.