Kitchen sink In addition to the models made in traditional stainless steel or ceramic materials, the sink is now often purchased in a more technical version in fragranite®, silestone®, cristadur® or corian®, chosen above all for its aesthetic as well as mechanical qualities. However, each material has its own characteristics and must be treated for maintenance in different specifications.
The materials with which the kitchen sinks are made
The stainless steel sink is hygienic and long-lasting, it resists high temperatures, temperature changes and does not blacken or rust over time. The limestone contained in the water, however, stains it and must therefore always be dried. It can also be easily scratched. It can be cleaned with soap and water or neutral detergent using a non-abrasive sponge; after rinsing it must be dried with a soft cloth to prevent oxidation spots from forming.
The Fragranite® is a material composed of particles of granite and resins acrylic, biologically pure and suitable for contact with food. The fragranite sink features a smooth and waterproof surface, which repels dirt and limescale by reducing the use of detergents and substances; it is resistant to scratches and impacts and to heat up to 280 ° C. Available in many colors, it can become porous due to limescale build-up and staining. It can be cleaned with warm water and light non-abrasive detergents and a soft sponge. If the stains persist, you can opt for a cloth soaked in alcohol or diluted bleach.
The ceramic is an environmentally friendly material obtained from the mixture of clay and minerals then processed and made resistant by means of a heat treatment. The sinks in this material is easy to clean, resistant to high temperatures, resistant to germs and limestone does not absorb odors. Violent impacts can however scratch or affect the surface. It can be cleaned using creamy or neutral detergents diluted with water or with warm water and bleach.
The Corian ® , produced far from cheap, it is formed by two-thirds of natural minerals and one third acrylic resin: extremely flexible, allowing you to create unusual shapes sinks, also integrated in the kitchen worktop . Available in many colors, it is a non-porous material that resists the growth of molds with scratches and breaks. In the case of stains caused by chemicals, you must immediately remove them with a soft cloth, soap and large quantities of water. For daily cleaning, hot water is sufficient, taking care then to dry with a soft cloth.
The Silestone® , composed of 94% natural quartz, it is highly hygienic, it is difficult to scratch, has built-in active antibacterial protection and is highly resistant to heat. How Corian has high costs; if it breaks, it is difficult to repair. Being a little porous, it does not absorb any type of liquid, promoting a very simple maintenance: just use a soft cloth and warm water and soap to eliminate common stains, including those of oil, wine and coffee. kitchen sink
The Cristadur® compound dal’80% quartz, 15% acrylic and 5% of color, it is very resistant to impact and heat, is antibacterial thanks to silver ions that are activated with moisture. It has a very fine surface that prevents dirt and water from sticking. Maintenance is simple: just use a soft cloth and warm water and soap or neutral detergent. kitchen sink
The natural stone, suitable for a country style kitchen , it is often surface treated with products that protect it from scratches and erosion. The stone sink can be integrated with the worktop made of the same material. Being a porous material, it must be taken into account that it retains food and drink in the pores with which it comes into contact and must be cleaned immediately. For cleaning it is necessary to use a mild detergent product, which does not alter the surface protection, and non-abrasive sponges.