Timeless Beauty of Copper Sinks
Copper is among the oldest of metal construction materials, first used in basins over 10,000 years ago. The three main manufacturing countries for copper sinks are Mexico, India and the USA.
There are different types of finishes for copper sinks: dark smoke and Rio Grande are richer, deeper colors, and café natural and matte copper tend to be lighter. If you prefer, a nickel finish will give your sink a look reminiscent of stainless steel.
If cared for properly, over time, your copper basin’s finish will change due to the chemicals in the air in your home and other environmental influences. Many think that this is when a copper piece really starts to take on a life of its own.
Caring for Copper Sinks
First and foremost, soap and water clean a copper surface just fine. In fact, avoid harsh cleaning chemicals altogether, as they can discolor your sink. (It would be a shame, after installing it and getting everything perfect!)
Avoid copper cleaners. These tend to be rough, and the abrasiveness can damage the surface. Again, we suggest soap and water.
Another potential pitfall to watch out for is hard water and the accompanying calcium buildup. The best way to combat hard water stains is to towel dry your copper surface after each use. Wax, for example, Renaissance Wax, also guards against hard water and will keep your sink looking like new, if that’s your goal.
Foods that are acidic ruin sinks if they’re left sitting on the surface. Whether it’s oranges, lemons, vinegar, pineapple or tomatoes, they’ll turn the copper shiny from the acid. If you do leave citrus out, soap and water will help clean over time.
Ask us more about lacquers, finishes—or contact us with ANY questions you may have about copper sinks. Our design team is here for you.