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Why Buy a Copper Sink (or Tub)?

While we’d like to answer this question with a simple, “…because they’re awesome,” copper tubs and sinks are an investment that deserve a little more justification. Copper <a title="Sinks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/sinks_460.html" target="_blank">sinks</a> and tubs are not cheap. Prices vary, but copper is expensive and a <a title="Copper Freestanding Tubs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/copper-freestanding-tubs_472_oa0262616.html" target="_blank">copper freestanding tub</a> can cost thousands of dollars. Provided that you can get the same <a title="Bathtubs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bathtubs_464.html" target="_blank">bathtub</a> made out of acrylic for much less, there’s got to be something downright <em>magical</em> about copper, right? Well, kinda, but your new <a title="Copper Vessel Sinks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/copper-vessel-sinks_475_oa01000044.html" target="_blank">copper vessel sink</a> won’t grant you three wishes no matter how much you scrub it. So, why buy it? <strong>1. Copper is antimicrobial.</strong> This is about as mystical as it gets for any metal that’s not precious or radioactive, although as far as magic tricks go it’s a pretty cool one. And, when we say “mystical” we mean it: Scientists still aren’t exactly sure how it works, although copper’s antimicrobial properties are accepted as scientific fact. The white coats know it has something to do with the metal’s ions and how bacteria react to it. Copper is poisonous to microbes, which means that copper sinks and tubs can actually disinfect themselves … wait, really? Is that true? Ah, yes it is. It’s called the <a title="Tested" href="http://www.tested.com/science/life/453961-oligodynamic-effect-how-some-metals-kill-bacteria/" target="_blank">oligodynamic effect</a> and yes, for the record, it has been tested by those dudes from <em>Mythbusters</em>. <strong>2. Copper is durable.</strong> Copper (“Cu” on the Periodic Table, from the Latin word <em>cuprum</em>) is an element unto itself and does not contain iron, which means it cannot rust. It will tarnish and may even develop a patina, but neither will impact the durability of the metal. Despite being rustproof, copper is otherwise quite soft for a metal and so you should always avoid using abrasives to clean a copper tub or sink. <strong>3. Copper is pretty.</strong> Copper definitely puts the “bling” in bathrooms and kitchens. It’s beautiful, to be sure, but what really makes it eye-catching is simply that it’s not acrylic (tubs) or stainless steel (sinks). The truth is that despite its durability and magical antiseptic qualities, these other materials are more than adequate and often far less expensive. But still, it’s so <em>pretty</em>! <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you get to enjoy all the pretty things.
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