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Frequently Asked Questions about Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel is virtually carefree, but yet it can be dented, scratched and harmed by certain chemicals. Simple cleaning techniques and use of a stainless steel sink grid can keep your BLANCO stainless steel sink looking great every day.

 

 

 

What kind of accessories can I use with my stainless steel sink?

BLANCO offers a wide range of custom-fit grids to protect the bottom of your stainless steel sink. DO NOT USE rubber coated mats, as discoloration of the sink may occur after prolonged use. Similarly, any wet sponges or cleaning materials left on the sink for long periods of time could stain the sink surface.

 What kind of finish do BLANCO stainless steel sinks have?

What kind of stainless steel does BLANCO use?

It’s the hardest working area of your kitchen. Doesn’t it deserve the hardest working sink on the market?  We think it does.  That’s why all BLANCO stainless steel sinks are created with “surgical grade” stainless steel that is non-porous, hygienic, rust-free and extremely durable. It is premium 304 Series Stainless Steel, made to our own exacting specifications, which are higher than the industry standard. Our superior-gauge material provides the platform for BLANCO craftsmen to create sinks that can last a lifetime. Something to consider when remodeling or planning a kitchen renovation.
What does Chrome-Nickel content mean?

Chrome-Nickel content refers to the percentage of chrome and nickel in the sink’s stainless steel. Chrome gives stainless steel its luster & durability, while nickel provides hardness & strength. 18/8 Stainless Steel means the sink contains 18% Chromium or Chrome and 8% Nickel. Our BLANCO SPEX™ and BLANCO MAGNUM™ sinks have the luster and strength of an excellent 18/8 grade. BLANCO FLOW™, BLANCO PRECISION™, BLANCO ARCON™, BLANCO PERFORMA, BLANCO WAVE™, and BLANCO SUPREME™ collections all have an 18/10 grade, offering even greater durability and superior corrosive resistance.
What kind of undercoating or sound deadening is applied on BLANCO Stainless Steel sinks?
Like any fine tuned machine, BLANCO Stainless Steel sinks feature the latest innovations in form and function. Sound deadening pads, the same type used by luxury automobile manufacturers, are installed on sink models, including our BLANCO FLOW™, BLANCO PRECISION™, BLANCO ARCON™, BLANCO PERFORMA™, BLANCO WAVE™, BLANCO SUPREME™ and BLANCO STELLAR™ collections. Our BLANCO SPEX™, BLANCO SPEX PLUS™ and BLANCO MAGNUM™ sink models feature a deluxe undercoating applied to them, eliminating condensation, retaining water temperature and providing maximum sound absorption. These devices are used to eliminate unwanted sounds, such as the garbage disposal growl. It’s BLANCO innovation at work in the modern kitchen. STELLAR and SPEX II has both Sound Deadening and Undercoating.

Why do I have to dry my stainless steel sink after rinsing?

 

Unless pure distilled water flows from your faucet, there will be dissolved minerals and salts in your rinse water. When the rinse water evaporates, the minerals/salts are sometimes left behind. These are the same water spots you see on your car finish. If you dry your sink after rinsing, these spots will not form. If you have hard water deposits, try to use a little white vinegar to remove them. After removal, rinse and dry the sink.

 

What chemicals are bad for use on stainless steel sinks?

 

Construction chemicals, solvents and many household cleaners contain chlorides and acids which can react and damage stainless steel. Chlorine bleach (chloride!) or products which contain it (many ordinary household cleaners do!) can stain/corrode a stainless steel sink.  Muriatic acid which may be used by a ceramic tile person to clean grout, etc. is not recommended.   Plumbing PVC solvents etc. can possibly cause problems. If a dangerous chemical gets on the sink, wash it immediately with water. Rinse well and dry the sink with a towel or paper towels. These facts are true for ANY kitchen stainless steel sink, in any gauge, offered by any company.

 

 

Do stainless steel sinks rust?

 

Stainless steel sinks do not rust BUT may appear to.  Traditional orange/red rust marks in a high quality stainless steel sink can almost always be traced to one of three sources - (1) steel wool pads used for cleaning, (2) tin coated steel cans or cast iron pots left in the sink while wet, or (3) iron deposits that actually are found within the water.  The rust stains are not part of the stainless steel, they are simple deposits on the surface of the sink.  Scrubbing the stains with a mild cleanser always immediately solves the problem.  BE SURE TO CLEAN in the same direction as the grain lines of the finish.

 

What are the stains or residue at the bottom of my sink? 

 

Multicolored stains or residue on the bottom of sinks are most commonly traced to minerals contained in your water or by salts from water softeners.  These stains can be removed by using Shiny Sinks or Bar Keepers Friend in most cases.  BE SURE TO CLEAN in the same direction as the grain lines of the finish.  Rinse well and then dry the sink. 

  
What kind of finish do BLANCO stainless steel sinks have?

BLANCO stainless steel sinks feature our luxurious satin polished finish, which is a result of our extensive hand-polishing process. This elegant finish, exclusively made in Germany, creates an enduring, easy-to-clean luster that is impervious to water stains and calcium deposits. It can be found on most BLANCO stainless steel sinks, including our BLANCO FLOW™, BLANCO PRECISION™, BLANCO ARCON™, BLANCO PERFORMA, BLANCO WAVE™, and BLANCO SUPREME™ collections. We also offer a satin finish for our BLANCO SPEX™ sink models, which delivers more of a brushed appearance. And our BLANCO STELLAR™ and BLANCO SPEX II™ series features our new Refined Brushed Finish, an easy-to-clean brushed finish that is superior to the traditional American market finish.