Copper Sinks are more than just beautiful:
If you have been considering or planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel a sink is likely on the list. There is a chance that when the idea of a copper sink entered your mind you instantly thought of a beautiful sink turning green. Or perhaps the thought of a high maintenance addition was not alluring and you looked elsewhere for inspiration. Most people opt for classic looks and have never heard of a copper sink or do not know much about them. Well, this brief blog will tell you more about what makes a copper sink an excellent addition to any kitchen or bathroom. It will also ease any thoughts of color changing and high maintenance. First, let’s take a look at the idea of a copper turning green sink.
Patina a copper phenomenon
Most all of us are aware that over time copper turns colors as it ages…the statue of liberty may even come to mind. However the process, called patina is quite remarkable and something every copper sink owner should be aware of. Patina is basically a living shield the copper produces over time to protect the copper underneath. It is completely natural and has many stages of transformation. Patina is usually warm deep browns that darken over time. It is important to note that certain substances (listed below) can remove the natural patina leaving bright spots of copper. Don’t worry the copper will heal itself and re-patina over time leaving your sink with a rich and coppery blend of dark and light tones.
In regards to Lady Liberty and your sink, this won’t happen. Copper turns green from oxidation due to harsh environments that typically occur outdoors. If a copper sink is properly cared for, green oxidation will never occur. I’ll get to care and maintenance in a moment. Now that we covered the green aspect let’s take a look at some of the added benefits to having a copper sink.
Copper sinks have many benefits:
A copper sink is the perfect material because it is anti-bacterial, durable, water and stain resistant and quite unique. Usually, when you use a bathroom or kitchen the sink does not really stand out. Copper is naturally anti-bacterial and kills most bacteria that can be harmful. It is important to note that sealants can weaken this natural antibacterial nature. Make sure that if and when you choose a sealant you choose one that won’t alter this amazing benefit.
Copper sinks should be made from 99% copper and 1% zinc for added strength and integrity. Copper isn’t prone to dents like stainless steel or cracks and chips like porcelain. There are copper sinks still intact from over half a century ago. Copper is the perfect choice for any busy kitchen.
Water and Stain resistant
Copper sinks are not naturally water resistant so wiping it down after use is the best way to avoid water spots. You can buy Renaissance wax to protect your sink but put it on right after installation before first use. It only needs to be reapplied when water no longer beads up. Along with water resistance, copper sinks are also stain resistant though as previously mentioned certain substances and actions can remove the patina. Let’s take a look at care and maintenance.
Care and Maintenance
- Wipe sink down every day with dish soap and a clean sponge.
- Never use an abrasive cleaner or coarse scrubber.
- Finish by wiping dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
- Upkeep the sink by waxing it.This is done when water no longer beads up on the sides.
- A lacquer finish can be added to the sink to protect it.
- Some items that will react with copper are acids found in fruits, mustard, certain teas, and vinegar. Make sure you run water and clean out any of these substances.
- When you have a copper sink and follow these tips you will have a stunning sink for years to come. With a little low maintenance, you will never lose that added value.
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