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Sinks, Sinks, Sinks.
Decisions, decisions, decisions…. Do you go for a undermount or inset? Stainless steel, Ceramic or Granite?
A undermount requires the sink to be fitted to the underside of the worktop. This type of installation is only suitable for solid worktops e.g., Granite, Wood, or Quartz, unfortunately undermount sinks will not work with laminate worktops.
A Inset requires the sink to be mounted into the worktop from the top. This type of installation is compatible with all types of worktop including laminate.
Stainless steel sinks are easy to keep clean, durable, and affordable being around for decades, never going out of fashion and have weathered the test of time. They simply last forever. Stainless steel has a few finishes to choose from: brushed finish, satin finish, polished or even a linen finish.
Few handy tips and hints.
- Heat Resistant: highly heat resistant, you can safely rest a hot pan straight from the hob onto your sink
- Hygienic: Non-porous surface, easy to keep clean
- Impact Resistant: Very forgiving material against impact, least likely material to damage your best china or glassware should you drop it
- Bleaches & Chlorides: can be damaging if left in your sink for long periods of time, they are found in most cleaning products, but they are water soluble, so simply rinse away the residues after each use.
- Cleaning your sink: once a week, simply clean with a stainless-steel cleaner to keep your sink looking like new
- Scratches: Be under no illusions stainless steel sinks will scratch just like most metallic finishes, but don’t sweat, they are just usage marks and will blend into the overall finish of the sink.
- Plastic washing-up Bowls: It is not recommended to use a plastic washing up bowl, a wire basket is much more advisable. Plastic bowls tend to pickup the grit particles, the bottom of the bowl will act like sandpaper and leave an area of scratches on your sink.
- Water Quality: High iron content in your water? This will leave a brown stain giving the appearance of rust. Using a solution of 3 parts hot water and 1 part vinegar leave to soak to remove mineral deposits and scaling. To prevent further limescale build up dry with a soft cloth.
Granite Christalite Sinks
Granite sinks are up to 80% natural quartz sand. Chistalite has been specially developed for the demands of the kitchen, rigours of everyday use vanish with hardly a trace. Granite Christalite sinks come in a variety of colours, some specific to specific models: Nero, Onyx, Asphalt, Croma, Concrete, Moonstone, Alpina, Roca, Inca and Alpaca.
Few handy tips and hints.
- Dirt-repellent effect – bacteria finds it impossible to stick to the surface
- Easy to clean
- Heat-proof – not temperature sensitive
- Made to last
- Stain resistant
- UV stable
- ProHygienic 21 – natural antibacterial protection system
Things NOT to do
- We recommend you clean your sink after every use with soapy water and a sponge and be sure to dry afterwards – this maybe a difficult habit to get used to but will save you time in the long run
- Remove stains with white vinegar, a solution of half water and half white vinegar, ideally mixed in a bottle so you can spray the whole sink. Scrub the surface, rinse the vinegar off and dry. White vinegar isn’t recommended to be left on the surface for any length of time so be sure to rinse well.
- Leave wet sponges in the sink
- Using plastic bowls
- Leave food stains to sit
- Harsh chemicals – to include a few ammonia, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloride and sulphuric acid
Ceramic sinks offer an apron front, where the sink is fitted directly into the cabinet, exposing the front fascia. This type of installation is only suitable for the solid worktops.
Care and Cleaning
- Heat Resistant: Up to 1200 degrees centigrade meaning those pots and pans can be safely placed straight onto the sink from the hob or even casserole dishes from the oven
- Hygienic: nonporous, ultra-smooth surface making it easy to keep clean
- Chemical resistant: Resistant to all household chemicals top include neat bleach
- Extreme Hardness: Extremely resistant to impact, cutlery will not scratch the surface with normal use.
- Avoid abrasive cleaners – they will dull the surface
- Weekly clean with diluted bleach
- 3-parts hot water and 1-part white vinegar – soak the surface to remove mineral deposits and scaling
- ‘Shinny sink’ or ‘Astonish’ Paste will remove any aluminium mark from pots and pans
- Always dry with a soft cloth to prevent limescale build-up
The decision is yours.