There are many benefits to having a copper sink in your kitchen or washroom. Copper is a unique look that adds personality and life to a room. It can be an amazing addition to an otherwise drab room. Plus, copper sinks are significantly more reliable and last much longer. But even with those benefits, many people are hesitant to install copper sinks into their homes. Why? Because too many people believe that copper sinks are too much maintenance.
The fact is, copper is a living element. A copper sink will change tones, depending on how you're using it and how well you're caring for the finish. This isn't always a bad thing! Copper actually changes tone naturally. The “living finish” on a copper sink is known as Patina. This is actually just the word for the reaction between copper and interacting substances. Because of this, over time, your copper sink may get lighter or darker. You may even notice spots. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your sink! You just may need to clean it off. Now, if your sink starts turning green, that's a build-up of minerals on the surface of the sink. Often the result of an annoying dripping tap or water being left in the sink. This is common with hard water. Again, all you have to do is clean it off! It's that easy!
Consider the following before cleaning any copper sink:
But before you start scrubbing at those discolored spots, you may want to take a look at how to clean a copper sink. There's no strict rule to follow or anything, but if you follow these instructions, you'll ensure the life of your investment and keep your sink looking beautiful. This cleaning process should be done every day, at least once:
- Clean your copper sink after every single use.
- Use only light or mild soaps.
- Always clear out any type of food that has fallen into the sink.
- Do not allow dishes to sit in the sink.
- Always use a soft cloth to wash the sink.
- Never use any type of chemical on a copper sink.
- Remember to dry your sink by dabbing paper towel after each cleaning.
You may have heard of Copper Armor or Wright's Copper Cream. These products can greatly extend the life expectancy of your copper sink. These products also add protection and can keep your sink looking like it was just installed yesterday! Additionally, you can rub a layer of wax on the surface of your copper sink to keep it looking shiny and delay the formation of patina.
Although the patina is the formation of a natural protector for your copper, like a shield it builds for itself. The patina can even repair itself from minor issues, such as water soaking in the sink. There are definitely other elements that affect the patina, such as:
- Acidic foods
- Citrus foods
- Oils (even from your skin!)
- All chemicals
- Abrasive materials (cloths, SOS pad)
The final scoop on cleaning a copper sink:
The good news is that if you properly care for your copper sink, you should never have any problems with it. These sinks are designed to be stronger and more reliable, as previously mentioned. Copper sinks also reduce the risk of bacteria, along with their unique look.