Care & Cleaning

Care & Cleaning

People often ask us how to care for Native Trails products. Whether you own a Native Trails antique copper kitchen sink, a bathroom sink in brushed nickel, or the Santorini freestanding tub pictured above, you’ll find our products to be amazingly easy to maintain! Hammered copper is particularly simple since it doesn’t show fingerprints as stainless steel or shiny copper does. Read on to learn more about each finish and how we recommend to care and clean for your Native Trails product.

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Antique Finish

Copper is a living metal that will naturally patina over time. Our Antique finish copper is a rich, warm brown, achieved through a hand-applied patina process. Our Antique finish is not waxed or sealed; it will react to its environment as the piece develops character. Acidic substances such as lemons, ketchup, or red wine may alter the copper finish after prolonged contact. A unique characteristic of copper is that it is self-healing, so not to worry – in a short time (usually just days) it will naturally re-patina itself. Antique’s beauty is ever-changing and no two pieces are alike. Caring for this finish is particularly simple since the hammered texture does not show fingerprints. For basic cleaning, use mild soap and warm water. Abrasives should never be used as they may affect the finish. For extra protection, carnauba wax may be applied.  Want to see the transformation of living copper in action?  Read our blog article .

Tempered Finish

Copper is a living metal that will naturally patina over time. Our Tempered finish is a remarkable mottling of copper hues, created through a complex heating and cooling process. Products in Tempered finish are not sealed; they will react to their environment as they develop character. Acidic substances such as lemons, ketchup, or red wine may alter the copper finish after prolonged contact. A unique characteristic of copper is that it is self-healing, so not to worry – in a short time (usually just days) it will naturally re-patina itself. Tempered’s beauty is ever-changing and no two pieces are alike. Caring for this finish is particularly simple since the hammered texture does not show fingerprints. For basic cleaning, use mild soap and warm water. Abrasives should never be used as they may affect the finish. For extra protection, a product such as Flitz Faucet Wax+ may be applied. Want to see the transformation of living copper in action?  Read our blog article.

Polished Copper Finish

Polished Copper will begin to patina as it reacts with its environment. However, if the desire is to maintain the bright, polished look, it is easy to protect. For basic cleaning, use mild soap and warm water. Abrasives should never be used as they may affect the finish. When the copper begins to patina we recommend Wright’s Copper Cream to polish it, and any good copper wax such as Flitz Faucet Wax+ to maintain its original shine and luster. For a more lasting barrier we recommend Native Trails MetalProtect®, which offers long lasting protection against tarnish and smudges.

Brushed Nickel Finish

Our Brushed Nickel finish is achieved by plating nickel over copper, followed by careful hand brushing. Brushed Nickel is easy to maintain. Caring for this finish is particularly simple since the hammered, brushed texture does not show fingerprints. For basic cleaning, use mild soap and warm water. Abrasives should never be used as they may affect the finish. Acidic substances left on the nickel finish for extended periods of time may leave a slight dark mark, but this is easily removed with Flitz Polish or chrome polish.

Polished Nickel Finish

Our Polished Nickel finish is achieved by plating nickel over copper, followed by careful hand polishing. For basic cleaning, use mild soap and warm water. Abrasives should never be used as they may affect the finish. To maintain the bright, mirrored finish of Polished Nickel, use chrome polish; for longer lasting protection against smudges, fingerprints, and water spots, we recommend Native Trails MetalProtect®.

NativeStone

Our NativeStone Collection is reinforced with natural jute fiber, a remarkably strong and sustainable material. The result is a much lighter weight product, about 40% lighter than standard concrete, as well as an extremely crack-resistant product. We also use an exclusive low-VOC nano sealer that literally binds with the molecules in the concrete. This makes NativeStone exceptionally stain-resistant. NativeStone is incredibly easy to keep looking like new. For ongoing maintenance, simply use mild, non-abrasive soap and cleaners. The sealer is stain and scratch resistant; however, normal care should be exercised and abrasives avoided. Wipe or rinse sink after use for best results.

Like all sealed concrete, the sealer on your NativeStone sink will eventually need to be refreshed. Timing varies based on use, but we generally recommend resealing kitchen sinks every 3 years; lavatory sinks, bar sinks and bathtubs every 5 years.

NativeStone sinks are extremely durable, however, like all sealed product, sometimes sharp objects can cut into the sealer, causing dark spots to appear when wet. If your sink’s sealer appears to be compromised, please contact us for a repair kit.

If your NativeStone piece is hit with a hard object, like most sink materials, it may chip.  Please contact us for a Chip Repair Kit to fix and patch any damaged areas.

Murano Glass

Caring for your Murano glass sink is simple. For basic cleaning, simply use mild soap and water. Avoid abrasive material and cleaners. Rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth after use for best results. To remove water spots, a 50% solution of vinegar to water is recommended. Apply solution, wipe away, rinse with water and then wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Glass resists staining better than most materials, but because of the handmade nature of the Murano Collection some care must be taken with harsh acidic chemicals such as face washes and other high PH solutions. Do not use acidic cleaners or lemon juice on the sink surface. If your sink does come in contact with highly acidic materials, rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with soft cloth.

Bath Furniture

Vintner’s Collection

Furniture craftsmen still “make things like they used to” using woodworking traditions that go back centuries. You’ll see the results of their meticulous artistry in our sustainable furniture, which is built to the standard of any heirloom quality piece, using reclaimed wood as the source material. The Vintner’s Collection gives a second life to oak barrels and staves from the heart of California’s wine country, then handcrafted by local artisans. The finish of these reclaimed wood bathroom vanities and mirrors is enhanced by hand waxing to bring out the color and protect the wood. Clean spills from the wood with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. Dry the furniture with a second dry soft cloth or allow it to air-dry. For protection, rub the wood with a high quality furniture wax immediately after cleaning. Apply additional applications of wax as needed to keep your furniture protected and looking beautiful.

Americana Collection

Furniture craftsmen still “make things like they used to” using woodworking traditions that go back centuries. You’ll see the results of their meticulous artistry in our sustainable furniture, which is built to the standard of any heirloom quality piece, using reclaimed wood as the source materials. The Americana Collection is comprised of bathroom vanities, bathroom storage, and mirrors. These soulful pieces are handcrafted by American artisans, using wood reclaimed from structures of the past. The finish of these reclaimed wood bathroom vanities and mirrors is a low VOC wash. Clean spills from the wood with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. Dry the furniture with a second dry soft cloth or allow it to air-dry.