Installation and Care of Copper Sinks

Copper Sinks can create a rich and elegant look in your kitchen or bathroom. They have many advantages; the most important being that copper has antimicrobial properties preventing germs and bacteria from surviving. Hand hammered copper sinks have a rugged and yet elegant look that gets even better with age. Mexican copper sinks are some of the best in the world because they are handmade with tradition and workmanship from ancestral times.

The natural patina (the finish on copper formed by oxidation) will develop over time and can take as long as a year to completely age. Cleaning of copper sinks depends upon the finish. Basic cleaning consists of using mild soap and water with a soft cloth or soft brush. Special wax for copper sinks can be applied to the copper surface to maintain the luster and provide better water runoff. A good quality auto (paste) wax also works well applied at least twice a year.

The hammered copper sinks in a copper sinks kitchen environment is stronger than smoother copper surfaces and will resist scratches and dents from washing dishes, pots and pans, etc. Scratches will not rust and in many cases the natural oxidation will hide them. Scratches can be polished or in extreme cases they can be sanded out. This may require the help of a professional. Do not use copper cleaners on these sinks.

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Copper sinks with a bright copper finish (like a new penny) require additional effort to maintain the bright finish. More frequent waxing and polishing will be required to maintain the brightness. Copper cleaners can be used to help maintain the shiny copper finish. Polishing can be accomplished by using a top quality furniture oil (such as Old English) or by using Olive Oil.

Never use chlorine, vinegar, ammonia, or other harsh chemicals on any copper sink. Do not use abrasive materials such as steel wool, Brillo Pads or wire brushes because they will scratch the copper surfaces.

Installation of copper sinks is almost the same as installation of any other standard sink. Because copper is softer than other materials used to make sinks, special care is required. When receiving copper sinks direct from a supplier, verify that the sink is still square and is free of dents and scratches. Flat rims can handle some minor bending at the time of installation but an “out of square” sink will more than likely require replacing. Be careful while installing not to apply too much pressure. This could dent or deform the sink. Do not over tighten connections.

Copper sinks installed in the kitchen with a garbage disposal or over-sized sinks may require extra support depending on the gauge of the copper. The extra weight may cause the drain to leak over time or distort the shape of the sink.

Copper sinks will become a significant part of your room design adding both value and class to your kitchen or bathroom. Whether it is Mexican copper sinks, hammered copper sinks, under counter mount, above counter mount (vessel) or farmhouse style, shopping will be fun. Follow these simple rules when shopping:

1. Thicker is better.

2. Make sure the sink is solid copper.

3. If sink has welds, make sure they are copper welds.

4. Be sure of the finish you desire. If for a kitchen, a smooth finish will show scratches and dents much more than a hammered surface.

5. Don’t buy cheap. You get what you pay for.

6. Is a patina process used to speed up the aging process?

Enjoy your new copper sink!

Tip of the Day:

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