What exactly is zinc?

Zinc is a thinner alternative to stainless steel because it’s a “living metal” that changes color over time in reaction to its surroundings. Zinc continues to only get better with age, it does not rust, making it ideal for exterior environments. It also has antibacterial properties that makes it a great option for table top, bar top and counter top use.

What’s to love about zinc?

  • It’s non-porous so you can clean it with just soap and water.
  • It gets better with age.
  • It has anti-bacterial properties, making it a great surface for prepping food if used in the kitchen.

What’s not to like?

  • Zinc is soft, so it scratches easily. If used as a counter top, be sure to have cutting boards handy.
  • If used in the kitchen, anything over 300 degrees can melt the zinc if placed directly on it.
  • Anything spilled on zinc that’s acidic can cause the patina to alter and leave a stain.

How do you care for the zinc?

It should be cleaned with a soft damp cloth, mild detergent (like dish soap) and water. Do not use abrasive materials to clean. Do not place hot plates, pans or the alike directly on the surface. Do not clean with bleach, vinegar, or any other solutions with harsh chemicals. Vinegar, wine, and other acidic foods and liquids may strip the zinc patina. These types of spills should immediately be cleaned with water and a mild detergent (dish soap).

Zinc Table Top
Zinc Patina Color Options