Copper has definitely made a splash in modern interior design in the past few years, with the versatile metal making appearances in everything from elegant light fixtures to spacious kitchen sinks to shiny cookware. The striking color of copper can instantly add warmth to your home without clashing with any of your current decor, making it an ideal choice for gorgeous coffee tables or kitchen tables, too. In fact, the element itself contains natural properties that makes it the perfect candidate for tabletop surfaces in any home, along with a number of other perks. Here are what we consider to be the top 5 benefits of copper tabletops and why you should consider investing in a copper tabletop next time you redecorate:
5. Naturally Antimicrobial
According to Michael G. Schmidt, PhD, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, some types of copper can “kill off microbes even more effectively than stainless steel.” Schmidt even says that copper should be used more often in hospital settings, as it can effectively kill methicillin-resistant staph (MRSA), other staph bacteria, adenoviruses, all types of the flu virus, and even fungus. Furthermore, the U.S. EPA found that copper can kill 99.9% of potentially harmful bacteria within just 2 hours. If a copper tabletop is used in the kitchen as an alternative to stainless steel, it could easily prevent food-borne illnesses and provide a cleaner overall environment in your home.
4. Contains Antioxidant Properties
Plenty of research studies have proven that copper contains antioxidant properties that may decrease the production of free radicals, which are known to damage cells and cause diseases such as cancer. In one study conducted in January of this year, scientists found that using copper nanoparticles in mice can treat tumors and, most importantly, prevent tumors from coming back. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first time that metal oxides [have been used] to efficiently fight cancer cells with long lasting immune effects in live models,” said Professor Stefaan Soenen, one of the leading experts in the study. Although this process has not yet been tested in humans, it’s a promising sign that copper has powerful properties that can ward off illnesses and disease.
3. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Copper is a natural element, so it doesn’t require a potentially wasteful manufacturing process, and it can last for decades without decreasing in strength or quality. Copper is also completely recyclable, making it one of the top choices for people who are committed to “going green” in their daily lives.
The tabletops created by talented CopperSmith experts actually use recycled copper for their beautiful hand-hammered tables. After hammering the material down to the perfect size, the copper is wrapped snugly around a strong plywood base to prevent any warping of its shape. CopperSmith even uses eco-sustainable packaging when they ship their copper table tops in order to do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint.
2. Easy to Clean
Copper countertops and tabletops are surprisingly easy to clean and maintain. You can simply wipe down your tabletops with a soft cloth to restore shininess. All you need to clean off residue is some warm water, a cloth or sponge, and a mild soap. Every once in a while, waxing or oiling your raw copper surfaces will ensure that they stay beautifully vibrant for the long term. If you choose a sealant for your copper table, occasional beeswax or butcher’s wax treatments are recommended.
1. Beautifully Unique Appearance
Copper is considered to be a “living surface,” as its appearance will develop and change over time. Unsealed copper countertops oxidize as they age, so they will blossom into unique patinas with rich shades of red, brown, and green that will perfectly complement a rustic kitchen or living room. If you want a tabletop that’s just as special as your home, selecting a professionally hand-crafted copper table is an excellent choice. You can choose from a variety of finishes, textures, and patinas from CopperSmith. You also can receive 6 free samples to see how the material will look and feel in your living space. Browse our selections or give us a call with any questions!