Tips To Caring A Copper Sink
Copper sinks are meant to have a beautiful patina that changes over the years. There are several tips to care your copper sink. Copper sinks are no more delicate or difficult to use than any other type of sink, but there are some things you need to be careful about. Copper reacts with acids, so run the water when you’re washing fruit such as lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes or pineapple and never leave pieces of them sitting in the sink. Mustard and vinegar also react with your copper sink, so make sure they are rinsed entirely off of the surface of the sink. Wipe the sink down with a clean, soft cloth after every use if you have hard water because this will help avoid spots. Clean your copper sink with dish liquid and a soft sponge. Rinse it thoroughly and then wipe it dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Never use any sort of abrasive cleanser or scrubber on the sink because it may scratch or even remove the patina. Most hired housekeepers tend to scrub things to get them really clean and shining, so if you have a housekeeper make sure that she is educated in how to clean and care for your sink so she doesn’t accidentally damage it.
Even with the most careful use, the patina on a copper sink will start to degrade over time. The best way to protect your sink while allowing its patina to soften over time is to wax it. Apply high-grade plumbing wax to the sink as soon as you notice that water no longer beads up on the surface. Follow the instructions on the plumber’s wax to get the best result. It is also possible to apply a lacquer finish to copper sinks to protect them, but this must be done by a professional.