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We use only domestic 14 gauge cold rolled copper, which is much stronger than the annealed copper used by the imports. No worries about denting with use.
Also... Pet friendly!
What you see is our 22 year old copper sink. The only maintenance required to keep your sink looking great is rinsing after use and not leaving items in the sink. It is that simple. You can leave things in the sink. You will only temporarily disturb the patina. The imports, on the other hand, require drying after every use!
" I love your sinks because they are EASY to take care of (yes- I am lazy). I used to have a stainless steel sink in my kitchen and the smudge marks used to drive me crazy. I really don't do much to keep my sinks looking beautiful now- I simply rinse them out with soap and water while washing my dishes. Nothing else!!!!" Jessie
Our copper sinks are designed to be as functional as they are beautiful. All of our sinks have the capability of placing a half sheet pan on the step or ledge ,which means freeing up even more counterspace. Your countertops become almost obsolete. Merely dust your countertops from now on!
Even a deep intentional cut vanishes in just a few weeks in the bowl of our copper sink. Middle photo is after two weeks, bottom photo is after 4 weeks. The cut is still in the copper, however, the "self healing" properties of the copper act as camouflage. You never have to worry!
I did this to a working sink in our showroom. Once the patina healed, I told visitors if they could point to the deep cut, they could have a sink for free!
"Paint" with ketchup and a paint brush and the patina temporarily vanishes. The sink will re-patina over the next several days simply by using the sink. The speed in which the sink will re-patina has a bit to do with how much you use the sink and what type of water you have. The more minerals in the water, the faster it will change. You truly cannot permanently damage the interior of our copper sinks.
Copper is an amazing conductor of heat. Simply place your frozen food on the copper to thaw it.
Copper also has phenomenal antimicrobial properties.
Less than a year old, this sink will never look good again. We have replaced countless imported copper sinks with fake finishes. Copper "wants" to be the color of an old penny. Note the flat bottom!
There is no intrinsic benefit to hammering a cold rolled copper sink. Choose this if you like the look!
The aftermath... Being Italian, we eat salad last. We had guests help us load the dishwasher and the sink was not rinsed. Most of our customers would not find this objectionable, as the sink will have some gorgeous patterns in the patina the following day. I, on the other hand, do not care for my sink to look like this.
I simply take the sponge you see in the photo with the ScotchBrite side down and I scrub over the bottom of the sink using only warm water until most of the patina is gone. You will see some scratches initially, however the following day they should be mostly invisible.
This is a video illustrating how simple it is to go over the bottom of one of our copper sinks with a ScotchBrite pad. It took me only 60 seconds in my 24" sink.
The most difficult time of a new Rachiele copper sink owner is the first few months. Why? everyone thinks they should baby the sink. Once they realize they can do virtually anything in the sink, without worry, the good times roll!
This is an older video, however it does highlight some of the vast differences between our copper sinks and sinks you might find elsewhere.