Copper has always been a great choice, especially for the kitchen. So it should not
come as a surprise that up until now, the copper sink is still a trend. As things stand,
copper sinks will still be a trend for years to come.
Copper Sink Benefits
One of the main reasons why copper sinks have always been popular is the fact that they always look beautiful and elegant. That is very true, given the natural color of copper and that it always seems to work no matter what the theme you are going for in your house. However, aesthetic purposes are not the only benefit you will get if you ever decide to put a copper sink, for either your kitchen or your bathroom, in your house.
First of all, copper sinks are very easy to maintain. That is right, you do not need anything special to keep you copper sinks in their best shape. You do not even need to use any harsh chemicals just to make sure that your copper sinks are as clean as possible.
In fact, you should not use any harsh chemicals. As for keeping your copper sinks hygienic, copper actually has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Let the copper do its job and keep your disinfectant sprays out of the sink.
Copper sinks, in general, can be stained by a lot of substances and chemicals. From tomato to cosmetics and even toothpaste, the list of things that could harm copper goes on and on. So, it will be quite contrary to say that copper sinks have a lower risk of staining.
But both of them are actually true, it is just that even if you stain your copper sink because of, say, ketchup, it is also very easy to remedy that stain. To put it simply, copper sinks are less likely to get lasting stains unlike sinks made out of porcelain and such. You could also easily avoid stains by taking proper care of your copper sink!
Copper sinks are also very durable. Even the more delicate copper products can withstand more banging and clanging than other materials. They are less likely to get dents.
Unfortunately, even if copper sinks are very durable, you should never leave hot pans and pots on your sink! Between banging your sink with heavy pans and just leaving a hot pan on it for some time, leaving the hot pan will most definitely be the one to leave lasting damage to your copper sink. So if you need to wash hot pans, please leave them on the countertop first!
While we are on the subject of banging and clanging pots, pans, and any other utensils and whatnot, copper sinks have a very low risk of scratching. If you are very clumsy when dealing with a sink, copper sinks might just be the answer to your prayers. Whereas porcelain might crack and make your life a living hell, copper will not sustain scratches, much less crack.
Also, copper sinks will not rust. This property of copper makes it ideal for being in contact with water. If there is anything, copper just gets more beautiful and filled with character the longer you use it.
Copper sinks, with its many variations and designs, cost a lot of money, but it will be all worth it in the end. It is not just because of the benefits we have already tackled earlier. Copper sinks can actually increase in value instead of depreciating when it is used. This is because of patina, which we will discuss further later on.
Copper Sinks in Kitchens
Your kitchen is said to be the center of activities in your house. With that said, a lot of people pour a lot of money and effort to make their kitchens beautiful and functional at the same time. What better sink to convey beauty and functionality than copper sinks?
The properties of copper make it a very great choice for the kitchen. Aesthetically speaking, the color of copper and its overall appearance screams warmth. At the same time, copper sinks are not limited to the more rustic feel, as they can also be elegant and modern.
It is durable, one of the most important characteristics of a kitchen sink. It does not rust or crack, making its lifespan quite long. The risk of staining and scratching copper sinks is also low. All of this makes the copper sink a timeless trend for kitchens all over the world.
When choosing the copper sink for your kitchen, we recommend sinks with an antique copper finish. You can also choose from drop-in, undermount, and farmhouse style copper sinks.
Copper Sinks in Bathrooms
Copper sinks are not just great for kitchens, they can also hold their own in the bathroom. Like the kitchen, the bathroom is a very important part of the house, albeit for very different reasons. While your kitchen is where you commune with family and friends over food and conversations, the bathroom is where you make time for yourself and relax.
Bathrooms are very personal spaces. Admit it, you do a lot of thinking inside your bathroom. You want your bathroom to make you feel relaxed and very much at home, a room where you can simply enjoy your own company. But that does not mean that your bathroom does not need the same treatment as your kitchen! Just the opposite, you want your bathroom to reflect your style. And again, whether you want a more rustic feel or be elegant and modern, copper sinks will suit your style.
A copper sink will also make a great addition to your bathroom because of its innate characteristics. Copper has antibacterial properties- perfect for the place where you clean yourself, right? Copper sinks do not need much maintenance, just wipe it dry after using it, clean it with mild soap regularly, and voila!
You might want to be careful when brushing your teeth and applying your make up, though. Toothpaste residue can damage the surface of the copper, creating splotches on it. Cosmetics can do that, too, so you have to make sure that no trace of both cosmetics and toothpaste is left on your copper sink after you use it.
The most popular copper sinks for the bathroom are the ones with an aged copper finish. You can choose from drop-in, undermount, or vessel type copper sinks.
Fixtures to Match with Copper Sinks
Any sink will not be complete without a faucet unless you do not have running water, that is. Anyway, you have already invested money in a great copper sink, you can't just let that go to waste by pairing it with the wrong faucet! So what should kind of faucet should you pair to you copper sink so you could lift it up instead of letting it down?
The natural color of your copper sink should be your main concern when it comes to choosing faucets and whatever other accessories you want to add to it. You will have a hard time of that without guidance since faucets are available in many different finishes. Copper is naturally rich and dark and because of that, we recommend that you choose accessories and faucets that has an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.
Oil Rubbed Bronze, or ORB, is a type of finish that replicates the appearance of aged bronze. The surface is darkened chemically and the color can range from brown to dark gray. If you are going to use an accessory or faucet with an ORB finish to accompany your copper sink, look for one with copper undertones. The best choice would a fixture with a dark brown color and visible brush marks the color of copper. The deep color and coppery highlights are the things that make it perfect for the natural color of color. In fact, ORB products will always look good with anything that is made with copper.
Aside from fixtures with ORB finish, you can also go for fixtures with brushed nickel finish or even a chrome finish. This might surprise some of you but faucets and accessories with that finishes can actually make the whole look cohesive. If there is anything you need to steer clear of, its fixtures with antique gold finishes. Another thing to avoid is antique copper finish, also known as AC. Pairing it up with copper sinks just make AC's synthetic look pop out too much.
Copper Sink Care
Copper sinks can cost you a lot of money. But if you can properly take care of them, they can last for a long time. It is not just that either, copper sinks can be a great investment since their price can go up as they age!
That is why if you ever decide to get a copper sink, remember to pour your heart into handling and maintaining it. So what should you do to accomplish that? It is actually quite simple, despite what you might think.
The first thing you need to know is that there are substances and chemicals that will elicit a negative reaction from copper. As you know, copper does not react favorably to acid. Because of this, you might want to think before you pour down your leftover juice on your lovely copper sink.
Of course, you can't actually altogether stop washing dishes that may have anything acidic in it, can you? If you have to do that or pour juice down your sink, remember to keep your faucet open. Let running water wash down any traces of acidic substance immediately so you can prevent prolonged contact with the surface of the copper sink.
It goes without saying, then, that you can’t use any cleaner that contains harsh chemicals. The best thing you can use to keep your copper sink clean is dishwasher soap- cheap and you already have it at home. Also, you can’t use abrasive materials in cleaning your sink as that might damage the surface of the copper sink. If you are wondering how you can be sure that your copper sink is as squeaky clean as possible if you are only using mild cleaners? Remember that copper has natural antibacterial properties, so you do not need to worry too much about hygiene. You can also use a special copper cleaner, but you can only do that periodically, about once in four to six weeks.
Never let hot pots and pans come into prolonged contact with your copper sink, that might leave dents on the precious surface of your sink. Don’t let water accumulate on the copper sink, too. Wipe down your sink every single time you use it.
As for your copper sink in the bathroom, toothpaste can also damage it. That does not mean you can’t brush your teeth there! Just make sure that you do not let any toothpaste residue sit on your copper sink for too long, wipe it clean as soon as possible.
Patina On Sinks
One interesting thing about copper sinks is the patina. Copper has what you might call a ‘living finish’. Because of that, the color of the copper change as it ages.
It does not change drastically, though, as the copper color only lightens or deepens. The process where the color of copper change as time goes by is called patina. This gives the copper its unique charm and.
When you take proper care of your copper sink or anything you have that is copper, it will develop a beautiful and even patina. This will add to the value of your copper sink.