Stainless Steel remains the most popular medium for kitchen sink production. Its not difficult to realise when you consider it’s main attributes:
Stainless Steel is highly heat resistant, so much so that hot pans straight from the stove can rest safely on the sink - a highly useful thing when juggling the pasta.
A totally non-porous surface is easy to keep clean and consequently more hygienic.
Stainless Steel is the most forgiving material for impact and is the least likely material to damage your best china or glassware whilst remaining unscathed itself.
These are found in almost all cleaning solutions and detergents and if left on the sinks for long periods can be damaging. They are water soluble, however, if you rinse away residues after each use. A weekly clean with a stainless steel cleaner is all that is needed to keep your sink looking bright and shiny.
Like most metallic finishes, your stainless steel sink will scratch. Don’t worry, these are simply usage marks that will eventually blend into the overall finish of the sink.
The quality of your water can affect the appearance of your sink. When water has a high iron content a brown stain can form on the surface giving the appearance of rust. Remove mineral deposits and scaling by soaking in a solution of 3 parts hot water and 1 part white vinegar, and then dry it with a soft cloth to prevent further limescale build-up.
Plastic Washing-up Bowls
It is not advisable to use a washing-up bowl as they tend to pick up grit particles and the bottom of the bowl can act like sandpaper leaving an area of concentrated tiny scratches. Instead try using a wire basket, these are available with most models.
Flush Mounted Sinks
These sinks are ressed into a worktop so the top of the sink is flush with the worktop, therefore they are only recommended for fitting into quartz, composite or granite worktops.
Top Mounted Sinks
These sinks are fitted over the worktop so the top of the sink is raised off the worktop, therefore they are only recommended for fitting with all worktops including laminate, quartz, composite or granite worktops.
These sinks are fitted under a worktop so the top of the sink is not visable, therefore they are only recommended for fitting into quartz, composite or granite worktops.