How to Clean Brushed Copper Sinks

Brushed copper sinks in bathrooms and kitchens exude elegance.

The distinguished patina of each sink develops as it ages. Using an abrasive cleaner will harm the finish of a copper sink. Although an abrasive cleaner might remove dirt, it also will leave an area of bright copper noticeably different from the remaining finish. Applying soapy water with a soft brush will keep the sink clean and the patina intact.

Add ΒΌ cup of liquid detergent to a gallon of warm water. Scrub the sink with the mixture using a plastic-bristle brush.

Rinse the copper sink with cool water. Dry the sink with a large towel.

Apply a layer of auto wax to the surface of the copper sink. Allow the wax to dry to a hazy film. Buff the surface with a towel.

Things You Will Need

  • Liquid detergent
  • Plastic-bristle scrub brush
  • Towels
  • Car wax


  • Apply a fresh layer of wax to the sink every 3 or 4 months to protect the surface from stains.
  • Copper sinks seem to naturally repel and destroy germs. Read more about this and other basics about copper sinks at


  • Do not use harsh chemicals or scratch pads on a copper sink surface.