Kitchen faucets are not merely a necessity or utility factor in the kitchen but, like an ornament for your kitchen. Not giving importance to the look or design of kitchen faucets is a common blunder that many people make by not realising that a thoughtfully selected faucet can enhance the decor of your kitchen. Since kitchen faucets are available in various makes, for example stainless steel, copper, nickel, bronze, brass, chrome, etc., one has a lot of options to go through before deciding upon the ideal one.
Some people are the classic-look lovers. For them the contemporary designs of faucets are not quite appealing. Where the entire kitchen is designed to have a traditional or old-school look, the modern designed faucets become a misfit. Even though your kitchen might be completely modernised in terms of appliances and related facilities, the interior design may be vintage. For such kitchens copper faucet is an excellent choice to give an antique look. They are available in different shapes and sizes, so you can always choose as per your liking and preference.
Types of Copper Faucets
Copper faucets are available in two forms –
- Compression faucet: This gives an absolute olden days’ look with two knobs; one for hot water and the other for cold water. It has a traditional way of functioning with the three-hole design and a washer, which regulates the pressure and temperature of the water flowing from spigot. It is very easy to operate as well.
- Mixing faucet: For those who want a traditional look but with contemporary way of functioning, mixing faucet is the answer. This type can be used single-handed as it has only one spigot and lever that controls the temperature and pressure of flowing water. Mixing faucets are long-lasting, easy to use and are available in several designs and varieties.
One very important thing to keep in mind is – Patina! Well, Patina is the disease that copper is prone to. When exposed to moisture in the air, a greenish layer is formed on the metal, making it look unpleasant; consequently making your kitchen look tarnished. To prevent Patina and keep the shine last long, you should apply a layer of wax or lacquer at regular periods. A homemade remedy to prevent this is to apply a mixture of 1 tsp salt and ¼ cup ammonia and leave it on for ½ hour. This process is to be repeated till the green patches disappear. Apart from this mental note, cleaning copper faucets isn’t that difficult. Rinsing regularly with a mild soap and water will suffice. Also, do not leave acidic substances on the faucet for too long; this can cause erosion of the wax layer thereby, exposing the metal to moisture.
Copper kitchen faucets are comparatively costlier than other kinds of faucets available in the market, but definitely worth the amount spent. They are very durable and sturdy too. Just remember to buy one from a trusted manufacturer in order to avoid post-purchase disappointment.