If you're building a new home and want to give your bathrooms or kitchen a warm, rustic appeal, consider installing copper sinks. Replacing your current porcelain sinks with copper ones is also an easy way to upgrade your home. 

Constructed with solid, pure copper, the sinks are as durable as they are eye-catching. Many copper sinks are hand-crafted, giving them a unique, and sometimes rough-hewn, appearance. Although copper sinks are susceptible to scratching or denting, the imperfections can add to the metal's natural beauty. 

Over time, the copper will develop a patina and may change the tone of the metal from light to dark or vice versa. Shades of purple or green may also begin to show as well. There are many elements that can affect the copper sink's patina process, including acidic foods, beauty care products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash, and even body oils. 

It's important to avoid using harsh chemicals and products, including bleach, ammonia, and other harsh cleaning supplies. Also, use only soft cloths and sponges rather than abrasive items like steel wool when cleaning the copper sinks. 

Here are some other maintenance tips to ensure your metal sinks look their best for years to come:

Daily Basis

On a daily basis, it's important to rinse the sinks out after each use, washing away food and liquids can stain or corrode the metal. Edible items such as ketchup, tomato-based sauces, red wine, and coffee can be especially damaging if allowed to sit on the copper for an extended period of time. After rinsing them away, use a spray cleaner recommended for use on copper to remove any residue and to keep the metal sanitized.

To prevent water marks and stains, you can dry the sinks out using a soft, absorbent material, such as a microfiber cloth. If the copper is allowed to air-dry, minerals from hard water can build up on the surface over time.

Deep Cleaning

If you notice that the copper is taking on too much of a green hue, which is caused by mineral buildup, you can wipe it away with a distilled white vinegar and water mixture. You may have to spend a bit more time around areas where water build ups, such as under faucets. The vinegar will also help to naturally sanitize the sink.

To protect the copper from water damage, you can apply either a specialized copper or carnauba wax to the inside of the sink. The wax will form a coating over the copper, preventing the water from penetrating the surface.