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Kitchen Cabinets: Antibacterial Copper Gives Kitchens a Gleam

Copper has a long background in the kitchen; it’s been used as a material for kitchen sinks and butter for centuries. As a result, its benefits and disadvantage are well established and agreed upon. This gorgeous metal makes an instantaneous statement when employed for kitchen sinks, and it garners a unique patina over time due to its reactive nature.

Nowadays copper sinks can be found in a vast range of shapes, sizes and styles, allowing them to work beautifully in your kitchen, no matter what your kitchen design is. Here are some basics to assist you determine if this is the kitchen sink material for you.

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The fundamentals: Hand-formed copper is full of character as a result of its color, malleability and ever-changing patina. Copper sinks include varying thicknesses: 14 gauge (thicker and high in quality) to 18 gauge (thinner and less expensive).

Cost: $450 to $1,000 on average.However, costs can certainly increase for thicker-gauge copper and more complex sink layouts.

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Benefits: Copper is powerful but easy to shape, therefore copper sinks can be found in a vast range of styles, shapes and dimensions, and can be made quite large and deep.

Based on the gauge, copper can last for several decades. Fragile dishes will also be less likely to break if dropped to a copper sink, since it is malleable and not as hard as ordinary stones.

And best of all, aluminum is filled with antimicrobial properties, making it an superb choice for bacteria-filled kitchens.

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Cons: Not all copper sinks are created equal. The thicker the copper, the more durable the sink. Thin copper sinks are more likely to dent, scratch and even warp with time.

Be aware that copper is an extremely reactive metal, and its finish will certainly change over time. A sink’s natural patina and finish can be ruined by acidic fluids, sexy dishware and abrasive cleansers.

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Sustainability: Copper is 100 percent recyclable. It can be melted, forged and shaped as many times as required. In fact, according to the Northwest Mining Association, about half of the copper products purchased annually in North America come from aluminum. Premium scrap copper has at least 95 percent of their worth of freshly mined copper.

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Maintenance: Copper is known for its sanitary benefits (germs can survive on copper for only a matter of hours). Plain old hot, soapy water cleans it all best. Additionally, it is constantly changing color and developing interest and variation, but you are able to slow down this process with wax treatments a few times a year. You will also want to avoid abrasive cleansers.


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