Ancient Egyptians realized the antimicrobial properties of copper long before the concept of microbes became understood in the 19th century. Copper and its alloys, such as brass, bronze and copper-nickel, are antimicrobial, which kills harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, microbes and germs.
There are endless options in shapes, designs and finishes for copper sinks. Most hand Copper sinks are one of a kind. Each sink will have its own unique characteristics – not two sinks are identical in color, size, or design variations. Due to the Artisan Crafted nature of copper sinks, which may result in some unique differences in dimensions and finish, not 2 sinks are a like. These sinks can last a lifetime. In fact, some antique copper sinks are still in use that were crafted a century ago.
Copper sinks come in many finishes: Natural, antique brown patina, antique dark patina, verdigris and traditional shiny polished. The finish of a natural copper sink is naturally reddish in color and will vary from one sink to another. The sink may present dark spots or streaks due to the nature of the copper itself and the final look 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.
Some finishes such as the verdigris are achieved by accelerating the aging process which results in a distinctive green blue turquoise rustic patina color. Fire burnt patina is achieved by burning the copper using regular fire torch to show natural copper rainbow colors hues. Mechanical or chemical process polish the copper to its original bare unfinished shiny look.
The best way to clean a copper sink is with regular soap and water. A mild detergent liquid dish washing soap and warm water can be used. Abrasive cleaners that may scratch or dull the surface to be avoided. Wipe clean and rinse completely with water immediately. Water spots to be dried after using a soft cloth. Wax application will help maintain the luster of the sink. Copper is not particularly heat-resistant, and may also be damaged by acidic food and drinks such as orange juice. In addition, smooth copper sinks are more susceptible to showing scratches or dents over time.
Copper sinks has the flexibility to choose drain holes locations . Most copper bathroom sinks center the drain in the middle, while copper kitchen sinks have an offset design that allows you to put dishes or glass on one side while scrubbing up over the drain.
copper is recyclable, used over and over again and is easy to be modified. Good quality high conductivity copper can be recycled by simple melting either to finished shape or for subsequent fabrication. Where scrap has been contaminated beyond acceptable limits it is necessary to refine it back to pure copper using conventional secondary metal refining techniques that provide a useful supplement to supplies of primary copper.
While a copper sink has many advantages, it has a high reactivity and cost more than stainless steel, porcelain, or ceramic sinks.