Copper Kitchen Sink Maintenance

A copper kitchen sink.
What You'll Need
Mild detergent
Baking soda
Soft sponge

A copper kitchen sink is one of the distinct features in many home kitchens. Copper has always been one of the favorite materials when it comes to sinks. It is uniquely attractive and durable. A copper sink is also one of the easiest types of sinks to maintain. Below is a simple guide.

Step 1 - Flush the Sink

It is best to flush your sink prior to cleaning. This will clear food residue from the sink, making it easier to clean.

Step 2 - Apply Soap

Dampen a soft sponge with water and some mild detergent. Use the sponge to clean the entire interior of the sink. Fortunately, dirt and grease show easily on the sink surface. It should not be hard to clean off the dirty spots. Don't use harsh detergents to clean your copper sink. It can damage the patina finish and strip the sink of its color.

Step 3 - Allow Time for Soap to Work

Once you have cleaned the entire sink interior, leave the soap for a couple of minutes before you rinse. This will allow the soap to get the dirt and grease off more effectively.

Step 4 - Rinse

Rinse the sink well. Be sure to clear all traces of soap.

Step 5 - Wash Faucet and Handles

Use the damp sponge with a mild detergent to clean the faucet and handles. Rinse to clear traces of soap.

Step 6 - Apply Vinegar Solution

Mix one part vinegar with equal part water in a small beaker. Dampen a rug and wipe all around the faucet and handle. This will help clear dull areas and spots. It will also leave the faucet and handles shining.

Step 7 - Wipe Interior

Use a rug to wipe the copper kitchen sink interior. It should be shining and ready for use by the time you finish.

Step 8 - Clean Sink Exterior

The exterior of the sink doesn't get as dirty as the interior. However, it is a good idea to clean the outside as well when doing a general cleaning. Use a damp rug to wipe the entire exterior surface area. Don't forget to wipe the back of the sink as well.

Maintenance Tips

Foods that contain acids will easily damage the patina finish of your copper kitchen sink. It is best to allow the water to run a while when these foods are used.

Rinse the sink very well after use. This will clear any residues of soap which can affect the sink color. It will also leave your sink with a fresh smell.

Where mineral content of water is high, it helps to wipe the sink after use. This will prevent spots from forming. It will also protect the patina finish.

At the end of the day, put 1 tablespoon of baking powder into the sink drain. Follow with some fresh lemon juice. Let it sit for about five minutes, then flush the drain with running water. This will ensure the drain smells fresh the following day.

It is a good idea to wax your copper kitchen sink twice a year to provide extra protection. This is especially important if yours was not pre-waxed when purchased.