FAQ about our Sinks
What kind of stainless steel does Stylish Kitchen and bath use?
Our stainless steel sinks are manufactured from premium 304 series stainless steel, which is rust-free, scrape-resisting, non-porous, hygienic, and extremely durable. This type of steel has 18% Chromium content, and 10% Nickel content which provide shine and luster in your sink, and prevent corrosion. This is the industry standard for kitchen sinks, and other food and sanitary products.
What does gauge mean?
All sheet metal is classified by thickness. The lower the gauge number, the thicker, and therefore stronger and heavier the steel is. So, 16 gauge steel is thicker and stronger than 18 or 20 gauge steel.
What type of finish does this sink have?
Our sinks have been polished to a lustrous satin finish with a very fine grain, typical of most high-end sinks. This is preferred by most homeowners because scratches do not stand out as much as they would on a polished or mirrored finish. Why is the chromium and nickel content of the sink important? Stainless steel is an alloy made up of different metals. Nickel gives the stainless steel it strength and hardness while chromium gives it luster & durability.
Why is it important for my sink to be undercoated and have pads on the bottom?
The undercoating and pads are the "soundproofing" of the sink. The pads reduce the "pinging" sound the sink would otherwise make when the faucet water hits the bottom of the sink and the pads help to reduce the noise from the garbage disposal. In addition, the undercoating helps to prevent unwanted condensation on the bottom side of the sink.
What is the best way to clean my new sink?
Stainless steel is very easy to clean, but you need to keep a few things in mind. First.... NEVER use steel wool to clean your Stainless Steel Apron Sink, or Undermount Sink. The steel wool can leave bits of steel embedded in the brushed finish of your sink, and those little threads of steel will rust. Also, do not leave pots or pans in a wet sink for long periods of time. This can cause discoloration in the sink. For regular, everyday cleaning, a towel and soapy water are perfect. For more thorough cleaning, we recommend products such as Barkeeper's Friend, or Bon Ami.
Will my new sink rust?
Because stainless steel is an alloy mixed with chromium and nickel it does not rust! However, rust may bond to the surface of your sink if a rusty object is left in the sink. Please remove it with right cleaner. The cleaner arrives with directions and is easy to use - your rust spot will be gone in a few minutes.