Cleaning and Caring for Copper
Now that you have your beautiful copper sink, keeping all of your copper sinks looking beautiful is easy and in most cases maintenance free. How you use your custom copper sink, whether a farmhouse sink, apron copper sink or vessel sink - will help you decide how to care for it. Copper is a metal that changes and evolves with time as it reacts with various elements. You will find that your copper sink will age and look even more beautiful as time passes than the first time you see it.
Here we provide you with a few guidelines and suggestions to keep your sink looking beautiful for many years to come.
Copper Sink Care Guidelines by Finish
Copper Sink Finishes: Dark & Clear Brown
These finishes are achieved by accelerating the aging process that give some of our copper sinks their distinctive patina colors. We recommend you follow these instructions to keep these finishes looking beautiful.
- Copper Cleaners - You don’t need any type of cleaners – in fact you should avoid using any abrasive materials or harsh chemicals on any of our products – these may harm the surface and the finish of your sink.
- Hard Water - If you have hard water in your area, keep your copper sink and drain clean and dry by wiping it down with a soft cloth after every use to avoid spotting. Hard water will affect copper as it would any other type of metal, and it will be difficult to remove these spots after they etch the finish. You can also help protect your sink from hard water minerals by periodically applying “Renaissance Wax” to your sink which will help maintain its luster and provide better water runoff.
- Acid Foods – Do not leave any acid based foods on your sink for a prolonged period of time such as tomatoes, oranges or lemons. If you do, the acid may produce a shiny spot on your finish. If this happens, we recommend you clean it with soap and water and wait for the finish to recover its patina – the copper will age with time and the spot will blend back with the rest of the copper.
Custom Copper Sink: Natural Reddish Color
The finish of a bare copper sink is naturally reddish in color and will vary from one sink to another. Your custom farmhouse sink may present dark spots or streaks due to the nature of the copper itself and the finish of the sink depends on the copper sheet it is made from. The color of the copper will gradually change with time, and it will take on a warm medium patina as it ages. The maintenance for this finish is similar to the dark and clear brown copper finishes, however, we can also lacquer the sink to protect it and slow the aging process. If you want us to apply a protective lacquer coating, please let us know.
You can slow down the patina process by applying a protective wax such as “Renaissance Wax” to the copper surface periodically to help maintain the luster and provide better water runoff.
These finishes are achieved by an acid wash to obtain a beautiful bright look, but will require more maintenance if you want to keep your sink shiny and bright all the time. To keep your sink bright and shiny, you will need to periodically clean and rebuff your sink with a copper cleaner such as Wright’s Copper Cream . After cleaning your sink, you should then protect the surface with a wax coating or you can also choose to lacquer it with a clear lacquer. If you want the copper finish to change with time and acquire its own unique patina, then all you need to do is wait and the sink will slowly age.