Choosing And Caring For Your New
Copper Kitchen Sink
A copper sink can be a beautiful accent piece in your kitchen, but it’s important to consider the pros and cons
of copper as a material and to choose the right copper sink for your needs. Copper is a naturally antimicrobial
element, so it is a natural choice for health conscious consumers. Additionally, it does not rust or corrode, and
its warm color meshes well with a variety of kitchen decors. Light and dark wood tones especially go well with the
warm, rich color of copper. Because of its natural, custom look, a copper sink can add to the value of your home as
well as enhancing the beauty of your kitchen.
Copper sinks come in a variety of gauges (thicknesses) and finishes. A good rule of thumb to follow: the thicker
the gauge, the more durable the sink is. Too thin a gauge, and your sink may buckle or warp under too much weight.
The thinner gauge copper sinks also have a tendency to create more noise when in use. A thicker gauge sink will be
sturdier and stand up to more weight and use, while minimizing noise in the kitchen.
One great advantage to copper sinks is the vast array of different styles and custom-made pieces. Copper sinks
come in all shapes and sizes, from the standard double-bowl model to unique works of art. Hammered, smooth,
polished, with designs or without, you can find a copper sink to suit your personal style. Two basic finishes are
available, though variants exist for both. Natural brown has a weathered appearance and a darker hue, and tends to
go well with rustic or traditional kitchens. Clear gloss is a traditional “copper” color with bright highlights and
a rich, warm glow, perfect for more modern kitchens.
Because copper is a natural element, it reacts with chemicals and develops a unique patina with repeated use.
Some copper sinks are sold with this patina already in place, so you can be certain of the exact look of your sink.
Others are sold unpolished so that you can develop the patina yourself over time. Which type of sink you choose
depends on your personal taste, but be aware that any harsh cleansers can destroy the existing patina and even
damage your sink. Copper sinks require occasional waxing to bring out their natural shine. To get the most from
your copper sink, always follow your manufacturer’s directions when cleaning or waxing your sink.
With proper care in choosing and maintaining your new copper sink, it will be a showpiece in your kitchen for
years to come.