The key to maintaining a copper sink in perfect condition is all about knowing what you should and shouldn`t do.
Follow these few simple steps,and your copper sinks will retain their original beauty for years to come.
How to clean copper sinks
For basic care and maintenance I recommend to remove any residual after you use the sink,clean the sink by using mild soap and water and dry it with a soft cloth and that`s all.
Here there are more details about this:
What to do
- Use water and a non-abrasive soap (such as mild dish soap) to clean the surface.
- Be sure to remove all residual
- For a copper bathroom sink: be careful with toothpaste and remove the residue after use the copper sink.
- For a copper kitchen sink: remove any food residue after use the copper kitchen sink and specially be careful with acid foods such as wine,ketchup,lemon juice,or orange juice because the acid may produce shiny spots. Is recommended to leave water running while working with products and foods of this nature and remember to thoroughly rinse your sink immediately after use.
- Dry your copper sink after each use to prevent unsightly spotting by using a soft cloth (such a fabric microfiber towel)
- To avoid copper color change,apply periodically a coat of wax (such renaissance Wax).
What not to do
- Do not use any cleaners,nothing abrasive or corrosive such as chlorine or vinegar,because these chemicals can damage the finish of your copper sink.
- Do not use polish cream,unless you want to maintain a shiny copper finish.
- Do not use disinfectants,copper is naturally antibacterial and more sanitary than all other materials currently used to make kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks.
- Do not leave any acid food on your sink for a prolonged period of time such as tomatoes,oranges or lemons. These substances may remove the patina finish of a copper sink. However,if an acidic product removes some of the patina,do not worry,-clean it with soap and water and wait for the finish to recover its patina –the patina will return over time.
What if I live in a hardwater area?
- Do not forget to change your water softener filters
- Wax your sink often.
- Keep the sink dry most of the time.
As you can see,taking care of a copper sink is easy,also because of the copper`s propreties,if any spot appeared,it will vanish in a short period of time. Simply go about your normal routine and within a short period of time you’ll see the spot gets darker and darker getting back to the original patina. The copper “heal” itself.