A hammered copper sink is made by hammering heated copper into a shape of a sink. Hammered copper sinks are crafted by skilled artisans, and they come in a variety of shapes, colors and designs. A hammered copper sink needs more care than a regular sink because of its different material, thus researching about how to take care of a hammered copper sink is a wise choice. Here is how.
- Cleaning. Clean your copper sink with mild soap and lukewarm water. If you plan to use copper cleaners, test the copper cleaner to a small patch of the sink and find out whether the copper cleaner is effective in cleaning the sink but doesn’t destroy the surface. Be careful in scrubbing the sink because this may scratch the surface of the hammered metal.
- Waxing. Applying a thin coat of wax to the hammered copper sink keeps it free from residue that may accumulate on its surface. Waxing the copper sink helps protect it from scratches as well. Make sure that you get a wax that is safe for copper surfaces, since some waxes chemically interact with copper and cause the copper to peel off.
- Polishing. Copper polished gives a shiny, brand new look, which is not recommended if you want to preserve the hammered antique look of the copper sink. Polishing removes the patina (a layer of oxidized copper) of the sink that gives it its timeworn appearance. Polishing is especially destructive to brushed copper sinks, since the abrasion may remove the copper layer and reveal the material beneath, especially with pewter copper sinks. If you want to polish anyway, use mild copper polishers and avoid scrubbing too roughly.
- Maintaining. Avoid placing acidic substances on the hammered copper sink to prevent them from ruining the patina. When placing sour foods on the sink, leave the tap water open to wash off the acid. Wipe the sink with a soft, clean and dry towel to remove minerals from the tap water that has accumulated on its surface. Refrain from placing sharp objects on the sink to prevent the sink from being scratched permanently.
- Sanitizing. Science has discovered that copper is naturally antimicrobial, that is why you don’t have to disinfect the sink to keep it free from germs. In fact, using strong sanitizers removes the copper’s antimicrobial characteristic. If you choose to use chemicals on your sink, know how these interact with the copper and stay away from substances which harm your sink more than clean it.
Taking care of a hammered copper sink requires you to do these things patiently and carefully. Only use cleaners that are proven to be safe for hammered copper sinks, and buy only from sellers who sell good quality products. Wax and polish less frequently, but clean and maintain your sink regularly. To ensure that the hammered copper sink is properly taken care of, inform other people who use the sink about the proper methods of using it, and see to it that these methods are practiced always.