In ancient times, copper was mined in Cyprus, hence its name cuprum. Copper has a very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Due to the fact that copper is a fairly expensive metal, copper alloys with tin and zinc are mainly used in kitchens, which are called bronzes and brasses, although pure copper products can also be found quite often.
Copper utensils in the kitchen
Designers are increasingly noticing how copper shades can change the appearance and character of a kitchen. Designs often include sinks and lamps made of copper or copper alloys. A common background colour that contrasts with the colours of copper is all shades of white. They allow for highlighting decorative elements in the characteristic colour of old gold.
Currently, copper or its alloys are used in a very wide range of utility items, starting from pots, pans and pans, through various types of lamps, and ending with faucets and sinks. Copper products often have a characteristic patina, which gives the room a warm and classic look.
Initially, copper products were associated with vintage and glamour styles, but more and more often copper products are found in spaces characteristic of industrial and Scandinavian style.
The most sophisticated copper products are hand-wrought objects, which are characterised by a fine mesh that is created by the manufacturing process. The most common products made in this way are washbasins and lamps. Copper tiles are becoming an increasingly common element of kitchen finishing. They may appear as pure copper or it may be a ceramic tile coated with this colourful metal.
Due to its properties, copper is very often used as a metal for battery production. Copper fittings are characterized by high resistance to corrosion and other environmental conditions. This allows us to believe that well maintained fittings can work properly for several decades. Copper batteries finished with small decorative elements made of ceramics or wood are often found.
Impact of copper on human health
Apart from their unquestionable aesthetic values, utility products made of copper are characterized by a high impact on human health. Numerous studies confirm the antiseptic effect of copper, which is why it is used so extensively in health care buildings, i.e. in clinics, hospitals, social care homes, etc.
The influence of copper on the inhibition of inflammatory processes in the human body is known. In addition, copper affects the process of regulating the digestive system and improves intestinal peristalsis.
How to preserve copper products?
Copper products that have become slightly dirty can be dipped in a bath of warm water and soap flakes, and then wiped with a soft cloth. After rinsing them in water at the same temperature, they should not be wiped out, but rather left in an airy place to dry.
Copper products which have become more dirty can be washed with a soap flake solution and warm water with lemon juice or ammonia. Under no circumstances should copper products be scrubbed with corrosive cleaning agents. After washing, a thin layer of edible oil can be applied to copper products.