Kitchen Sink Selection Tips & Options

Kitchen Design & Decor Dated:  Jan. 5, 2016
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Kitchen is the heart of a house and in no way should we be lagging behind in designing and decorating a kitchen. No matter how small or big a kitchen area is, the basic facilities we need remain the same. Kitchen sinks being one of them, fitting the right one in your kitchen is the key to enhance the look of the kitchen. Moreover usability and durability are two important factors that need to considered. 

Kitchen sinks are made of different materials, come with  different mounting options with different upsides and downsides. Irrespective of the type of materials, in most cases, the sinks can be either  top mounted or undermounted.

1. Stainless steel sinks:

This is the most commonly used material for kitchen sinks in our country.  Affordability, durability and easy  maintenance   make this the preferred choice amongst the house owners.
While settling for a stainless steel sink, knowing the gauge of the sink is very important.  Gauge is nothing but a measure of thickness of the material.  The lower the gauge, the better and thicker is the material i.e., a sink of 18 gauge is better than one of 20 gauge.

Go for double bowl sinks as they give you the ease of soaking those sticky pans in one and rinsing them in the other.

Drain boards are other extended convenient element that can be considered while going for  sink shopping.

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2. Cast Iron sink:

A sink made of iron? Some of us might be wondering how a cast iron sink would look. Fortunately these sinks will, in no case, look like those iron sheets or rods as they have a think coating of porcelain.  The bare cast iron is coated with a porcelain coating which provides resistant against rust and scratches.  These have remained a popular choice ever since its introduction.  These are also one of the most durable and easy to clean material, which makes it a favourite among the house wives.  Price can be a bothering element but the benefits definitely outweigh them.

Cleaning cast iron sinks is pretty easy.  A bit of mild abrasive solution and a good rinse for real tough stains, and you have the same glossy sink as before!

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Undermounting of sinks are a bit of a deal but since there is no lips or crevices projecting outside, there is no space for the waste and dirt to accumulate.

3. Enameled steel sinks:

If its a bit of modern and stylish  look you look for, enameled steel sinks can be an option you can zero in on. The main advantage of enameled steel sinks over the cast iron ones are that these are way cheaper than them.  You can go easy on maintenance since these are stain and chemical resistant.

However, their performance on durability is on the negative side since it is prone  to rusting  once there is even a slightest of chipping of the porcelain coating.

The best part about this sink is the installation. Being light weight, these are one of the easiest DIY decor for kitchen.

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4. Composite sinks:

Composite sinks are made by combining quartz or granite with resin fillers.  These are one of the most durable sinks with loads of goodness.With strength and resistance against stain and scratch, these sinks do not comprise on the looks. These look as gorgeous as the pure granite or quartz ones with an added advantage of being more durable.

If cleaned regularly, hot soapy water and a soft cloth is all you need to keep up the look.  However, if it is done after a certain period, it can be a bit time consuming. Even then, harsh abrasive creams and solutions are a big 'no no'.  Make sure that the surface is kept clean of tiny fibres from the steel pads since they  tend to rust and leave the stains behind.

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5. Solid surface sinks:

Solid surface is one of the finest man made-material (manufactured as sheets) that are immensely used in making counter tops,sinks and bathtubs. These are made of marble dust, bauxite, acrylics and pigments.  Available in huge colour and design variants, these can emulate the look of almost all naturally available material such as wood and stone.

These glossy looking sinks can be seamlessly attached or fixed into the rest of the countertop.
Using warm soapy water and a sponge or ammonia based household cleaner is all when it comes to the cleaning part.

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Quick Tips:

  1. Make sure  to clean the sink and counter top regularly.  This will not only be quick and easy but will also prevent any tough stain from ruining the flawless sink.
  2. Never drop objects from beyond a certain height into the sink  since it might either make a dent (on steel sinks) or create cracks.

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