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  • Brains, Brawn & Beauty: the Three Bs of Brushed Nickel

    Why Hammered Brushed Nickel is the Best Finish for a Luxury Sink 

    Farmhouse kitchen sink in brushed nickel Farmhouse Duet hammered copper kitchen sink in Brushed Nickel.

    Brushed Nickel: So beautiful, yet so many questions! How is the finish achieved? How does it hold up? Is it easy to maintain? How does it compare with stainless steel? Why would I choose Native Trails’ Brushed Nickel over a traditional stainless steel sink or another luxurious alternative?

    The short of it: Yes, our Brushed Nickel is very durable and super easy to maintain. Due to the hammered and brushed texture, it is incredibly forgiving. Those nicks, dents, and scratches that occur during everyday use make a stainless steel sink look beat-up over time, but they are hardly visible in a hammered nickel sink. Ours is considered more luxurious and eye-catching than stainless steel, and our processes for achieving this finish are a big reason as to why it maintains its luxe appeal over time. Continue reading

  • See for Yourself: The Magic of Copper

    copper patina Birthday message written in ketchup left in copper sink for several hours.

    Copper is magical.

    If you don’t believe it, this living, self-healing metal will prove it to you. It may just take a bit of patience. Here is an example that pretty well illustrates it's naturally self-healing properties—a big plus especially for kitchen sinks, which are inevitably exposed to acidic substances. Using a pastry decorator, a message was scrawled with ketchup at the bottom of one of our copper farmhouse sinks. After a few hours the ketchup was rinsed off to reveal this bright and shiny birthday message.

    Within a week the text had all but completely disappeared from the sink.

    Those who have owned Native Trails copper sinks for an extended period of time come to understand that their sink will constantly change and heal itself with normal usage. Some homeowners become so comfortable with this fact that they even have some fun with their sinks—like writing special (temporary) messages to their family. Continue reading

  • How to Clean a Copper Sink

    Maestro Sonata Petit

    People often ask us about copper sink care. Whether you own a Native Trails copper kitchen sink, copper bathroom sink, or custom sink, you'll find it is amazingly easy to maintain! Hammered copper is particularly simple Continue reading

  • Why Copper Turns Green

    And Why Your Copper Sink Won’t

    Maestro Petit Copper Sink, Antique finish Maestro Sonata Petit hammered copper sink in Antique.

    People often ask us if copper sinks turn green. The short answer is “nope!” Copper is a living metal, meaning it has a wonderful capacity to protect itself from the elements, called a patina.

    Time and continuous contact with trace minerals left by water are what cause copper to turn green - it is protecting itself from the minerals and possible corrosion.

    Customers often ask us how to clean their sink. Maintenance is as easy as wiping it down with soap and water and drying it off occasionally. The patina process has already started with the antique finish, and to some degree, with the tempered finish. Your copper sink, like a frequently-used penny, will continue to patina over time and become visually richer and more beautiful Continue reading

  • What is a Copper Patina or Living Finish?

     

    Pennies, new and with patina, on Tempered copper. Pennies, new and with patina, on Tempered copper.

    Copper is a living metal that reacts to its environment, creating a naturally protective coating, or patina. When copper comes in contact with the oxygen in the air and trace minerals left behind by water, the surface of the copper naturally combines with these elements to create a thin protective coating that is the patina. Copper’s patina gradually becomes richer and darker, creating a lustrous finish with rich veins of color and depth.  It is a common misconception that all copper turns green after a time; with normal use and minimal care, copper will not turn green.

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