Why choose a ceramic sink ?
Tired of your stainless steel kitchen sink? ? Try ceramics. This material is elegant and it will withstand almost anything in your kitchen. Come discover with us what are the advantages of ceramic sinks.
Ceramic sinks: a smart choice
Ceramics have accompanied humanity since the beginning of its history. It is therefore quite surprising to see that, for a long time, ceramics have been absent from the development of equipment as basic as kitchen sinks. Leaving aside the primitive sinks used by the Neanderthals, sinks that were shaped like a stone with a bowl-shaped recess, the first sinks were mainly made of nickel, copper and alpaca.
It was in the 19th century. The 20th century is marked by the long era of enamel sinks, then of those in stainless steel. Today people are finally starting to experience the magic of ceramic sinks.
Ceramic has unique properties and gives off a special atmosphere. As such, it first caught the attention of discerning customers who wanted exceptional cuisine and furnished according to the rules of a certain style. Provençal, rustic, French or retro styles were (and still are) very popular.
In such interiors, a ceramic kitchen sink will clearly be the centerpiece of the kitchen, both functionally and visually.
What are the advantages of ceramic sinks ?
However, ceramic sinks have so many advantages that thousands of additional households started considering buying one, too. Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.
High temperature resistance
Making a ceramic sink is a science. First, a special material is injected into a mold under high pressure. All surface irregularities are smoothed out and the sink must then be thoroughly dried for several days.
Finally, the sink is baked for several hours at a temperature above 1200°C. From the factory, the material is therefore used to thermal shocks. Common situations in the kitchen, such as put a hot pan on the sink or spilling hot oil, will not leave any traces on the ceramic.
These moments, however, can damage a granite or stainless steel sink. The ceramic will only have problems with extremely large and rapid temperature changes.
An unbreakable material
What we know about ceramic kitchen utensils leads us logically to think that a ceramic sink is fragile. But it’s a false impression. To produce their sinks, elite manufacturers use high quality non-porous materials.
The thickness, the angles between the different parts, everything is carefully thought out to eliminate all risks of degradation. An enamel pan or utensil will leave no marks on the sink. Unless of course you hit the ceramic sink with a large saucepan to damage it.
Ease of maintenance
Some Foods Pose a Threat to Sinks. Red wine, lemon or beet juice, teas with colorings, or coffee can leave hard-to-remove stains on ordinary sinks. On a ceramic sink, you will have no trouble wiping them. This sink is indeed protected by a glaze which has the character of glass.
The sink is not only resistant to food and drink stains, but also to aggressive detergents, acids and alkalis. UV radiation from daylight will also leave no trace there. A white sink will not turn yellow and there will be no white limescale stains on a dark sink.
Even after several years of use, a colored sink will always have the same shade.
As we have indicated above, a quality ceramic sink is made from a non-porous material. The surface glaze is also non-porous. Impurities and dirt will therefore not be able to seep inside the sink.
Microorganisms will not pass through the surface layer, they remain on the surface where they can be easily eliminated.
Types of ceramic sinks
You now know everything about the properties of this material. If you have decided that your kitchen deserves a ceramic sink, you will have to choose the shape. You will have the following options:
- Single ceramic sink without drainer – it will be ideal in small kitchens where the dishes are only washed occasionally. You can buy it for your cabin or country house, or install it in a kitchen with a reliable dishwasher.
- Single ceramic sink with drainer – dishes that have just been washed should not be immediately wiped with a tea towel and put away. You can let it dry on the drainer.
- Double ceramic sink – two wash basins for numerous possibilities of use. You can wash dishes in one of the bins and vegetables in the other. You can also use the larger sink to soak particularly dirty dishes, while in the second you can properly clean one room at a time.
Ceramic sinks are also divided into models with a hole for the mixer tap and models without a hole for the mixer tap. Mounting can be done from above (on the worktop) or from below. When choosing, you will therefore have to take into account the presence of equipment – a basket drain, a siphon, etc.