Hammered copper kitchen sinks use recommendations
Here are some recommendations we suggest to care for your copper sink, most of them apply to both either kitchen or bathroom.
Kitchen copper sinks finishes
Because of the copper versatility, it can be presented in different finishes, depending on what process is applied to manufacture
the end product. For our particular interest, kitchen copper sinks, we design basically four different finishes.
Antique-looking Copper Sinks. These copper sinks are the ones most people like. Their brownish, reddish looking appeal
everybody. The hammered copper makes them a unique piece of art. Each copper sheet is hammered individually, cut and soldered to
get the final item.
Natural-looking Copper Sinks. These sinks expose the copper as if it was red hot. Coppersmiths get this color heating the
copper to red-hot and then cooling it down using cold water. This process is hard to get specially with big items (i.e.
kitchen copper sinks).
Terra Copper Sinks. This is more like a tarnished copper sheet, very uniform copper coloring (brownish). We have some
models with this finish.
Polished-looking Copper Sinks. This is like the copper pipes used in plumbing. The copper is shiny and oxidates faster that other
finishes because it is more exposed to the environment. We currently do not carry any items (kitchen or bathroom sinks) in this finish.
Hammered copper kitchen sinks care recommendations
Copper is a soft metal (small amounts of zink are combined to get a harder alloy), hence it is easier to scratch, specially in a
heavy use kitchen. We recommend not to drop sharp items in your kitchen sink.
The best way to keep your hammered copper kitchen and bathroom sinks in good shape is just wiping up any water residuals left after
usage and keeping it as dry as possible. We recommend to apply a food grade wax such as beeswax or orange wax every month, or depending
on its usage, as required. If you just want your copper sink to age and get its own patina, just use it as normal and do not apply the
wax. The copper might get dark spots as ages, specially with heavy water residuals.
Do not use any abrasive substances to clean you copper sink up. If the sink has a patina, the substances will destroy it, leaving the
copper in a polished finish. Getting back to an aged patina will be hard to achieve but it can happen by itself, it will require time though.
Copper kitchen sinks indoors use
Because of the copper thermal properties, it heats easier and keeps the heat for longer periods of time. This temperature
changes result in a faster oxidation process. It is recommended not to leave very hot objects (i.e. pans, pots, etc.) on
our kitchen copper sinks, this will speed the copper oxidation up, resulting in dark spots. Sooner or later, your kitchen copper
sink will develop aging, seen as blackish, brownish, greenish spots; this is normal and not considered a manufacturing defect. Actually
farmhouse kitchen copper sinks are known for these changes, which make them appealing to most owners who enjoy a rustic-style
Copper sinks outdoors use
Sun exposure for long periods of time will heat the copper sheet and will change colors faster than indoors use. The natural oxidization
copper properties will result in a surface developing non-uniform dark spots. Outdoors exposure for a long period of time
will turn your copper sink in an antique-looking one. Our hammered kitchen sinks, as well as any other copper objects,
when subject to air moisture, specially outdoors, will speed the oxidization process up.