How to Clean a Copper Vessel Sink

By Erica Roth

  • Overview

    The natural beauty of a copper sink can add a touch of rustic charm to your kitchen or bathroom. Copper is a largely self-cleaning material, but it does require some basic upkeep. Learn how to take care of your copper vessel sink to keep it shining for years to come.
    • Step 1

      Rinse your copper vessel sink with warm water after each use. If your copper sink is in the kitchen, remove all food particles and crumbs from the sink's surface after you wash the dishes.
    • Step 2

      Clean your copper sink with a soft cloth and mild soap when the finish appears dull or stained. Hard water and other water issues can cause streaks and other kinds of discoloration. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists common water quality problems on their website that can help you determine if you have hard water (see Resources).


    • Step 3

      Avoid putting acidic foods or liquids such as citrus fruits, vinegar, tomatoes or mustard in your copper sink. The high acid levels can alter the normal patina (finish) that develops on the copper over time. If you must dispose of these items in your sink, do so under running water.
    • Step 4

      Maintain the shine of your copper vessel sink with a thin coating of wax on the surface of the sink's basin. Home improvement stores carry wax that is appropriate for use on plumbing fixtures.
    • Step 5

      Wipe your sink dry with a soft cloth when you have finished your kitchen duties. Spots are less likely to appear on the copper when the surface is dry.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Soft cloth
    • Mild soap
    • Plumbing fixture wax
    • Warning:
    • Do not use abrasive cleaners on your copper sink. Harsh cleansers can scratch and otherwise ruin the finish of your sink.

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