This unique option is sure to be a focal point in your new kitchen. If you are going this route, make sure you choose a copper sink that is at least 99% pure copper. One of the best things about a copper sink is that copper naturally kills about 99% of germs and bacteria. So, clean up is fairly easy – just be sure to avoid harsh cleaning solutions. Copper is one of the more expensive options, but perhaps worth it if you are trying to create a certain aesthetic. Copper is more likely to show scratches and dents if you do not use proper care. As with stainless steel sinks, the thicker the gauge the more durable the sink will be.
Copper has a “living finish” meaning that the color and tones of your copper sink will continue to change and shift over time. This is known as the patina process. Certain materials can affect this process and strip the patina from your copper sink. Acidic foods, cosmetics, abrasive chemicals and even oil from your fingers. If you love the changing of tones in your sink, your only step to care for it is to clean it regularly with mild soap, warm water and a soft sponge. If you prefer more control over the patina process, you still clean regularly avoiding abrasive chemical cleaners and metal scrubbing pads.
You can take a few extra steps as well:
- Avoid allowing acidic foods to rest in the sink for long periods of time
- Avoid standing water in your sink for long periods of time, this is especially true of areas near the faucet or drain where water naturally pools
- Apply a coat of protection on your sink, many of which are available