When you browse the internet looking for information about copper sinks, you’ll find plenty of misinformation. People will offer plenty of copper sink care advice or perhaps discuss the pros and cons of a copper sink. At Copper Sinks Online, we are passionate about copper and truly believe that this is one of the best materials to use for bathroom and kitchen sinks. However, it is important to have all of the facts before buying.
Not All Copper Sinks Are Created Equal
Many warehouse stores and home décor stores sell copper sinks. However, the copper sink you purchase from a big box store versus what you get from Copper Sinks Online can be vastly different.
We’ve found that many of these big box stores sell poorly constructed sinks with copper that is really too thin for daily use. This is especially true when it comes to copper sinks for the kitchen. All of our copper kitchen sinks are fashioned out of 14-gauge copper, and you’ll find that there can be quite a difference in weight between one of our sinks and the sink you purchase at a big warehouse store. The heavier sink can withstand the washing of pots and pans and daily use where a thinner, light gauge copper will dent far more easily.
It’s not just the thin copper that is the problem, as many copper sinks are welded together with just a few bits of welding material, thus making the sinks flimsy and prone to breakage. Our sinks are all TIG welded with copper rod all along the entire edge of the support. Our coppersmiths are truly the best in the world, and they create sinks that are built to last. Copper sinks are a big investment, and with our SoLuna sinks, you truly get your money’s worth.
Some Copper Sinks May Contain Lead
Copper sinks are produced in several countries in the world, and often the big box stores sell sinks made in India. Unfortunately, these sinks usually contain lead. Our SoLuna sinks all are crafted in Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico, and the third-generation coppersmiths that handcraft our copper sinks use copper that is at least 99% pure with a very small amount of zinc added for strength and durability. All of our sinks, tubs and other copper items are always 100% lead-free.
Proper Care Is Easy Yet Important
You may have seen much advice online about how to care for a copper sink. People advise everything from special chemical cleaners to baking soda and vinegar pastes. Copper sinks don’t require these cleaners, and harsh cleansers can eat away at the patina of your sink. All you have to do is rinse the sink and occasionally clean it with mild dish soap and a soft cloth. We also recommend that you wax the sink occasionally to preserve the patina. That’s really all it takes, and because copper is anti-microbial, chemicals are never needed to remove germs or bacteria. The copper naturally eliminates bacteria, mold, fungi and more.
Copper Changes Over Time
While ceramic sinks and stainless steel look the same forever, copper evolves as it ages, much like a fine wine. The patina of your copper sink will change over time and usually becomes a bit darker as the years pass by. Using wax polish can slow down these changes, but we find that most people truly love the look of the copper finish as it ages.
Still, it is good to understand that the patina does change. With a kitchen sink, it is also important to be sure to rinse out the sink whenever it has been exposed to something acidic, such as lemon juice, tomato sauce, etc. These acids can stain the sink, but rinsing quickly can remove these acids and you shouldn’t have any problems with discoloration.
If you have any questions about cleaning, care or any issues with your copper sink, we suggest that you contact us directly. We are happy to help answer any of your care and maintenance questions.