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Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Gauge"? Why is 18/10 chrome-nickel content the best materials for a stainless steel kitchen sink?

"Gauge" often confuses many people. "The lower the number, the better"
The gauge number refers to the number of times they've forced the stainless steel sheet to go through a narrow gap. Each subsequent gap is smaller. A lower gauge number means it has thicker materials, which should be quieter and sturdier. You simply need to be aware of your choice when it comes to steel quality based on the gauge number. The thicker the steel, the better, as this makes it sturdier given the quality. This means increased chances of avoiding dents and breakage. The 18% chrome is for exceptional luster, and protection from corrosion. The 10% nickel content is for the ultimate durability.

What is the difference between Under-mount Sink and Top-mount Sink?

Under-mount sinks:
The sink mounts underneath the counter-top giving you a sleek, seamless look, easy to clean and maintain.
They are quite heavy and they need a stable and solid foundation to keep them intact like granite or other solid stone countertops. You will require professional assistance when installing this type of sinks.
Top-mount sinks:
This sink is referred to as drop-in or self-rimming. They are easy to install but are easily suspectible to have grime that builds up around the edge where it meets the counter-top. It will require periodic caulking around the edges in order to keep it clean.

Why going with the cheaper sink is not a good idea?

After years of use, there will be a time to retire the old sink and get another one. Your kitchen sink is a piece of plumbing that is used daily that deserves to be crafted of quality materials. Buying a sink based only on the price will cause additional expenses, due to having to replace the unit much more often. All of our sinks are made of top quality materials, yet remain affordable to all.

How to Select Best Stainless Steel Sink?

If you want to install a stainless sink in your kitchen then you need to learn some tips for selecting the best sinks. Stainless steel sinks can have many different designs. A homeowner who has information on all the stainless steel surfaces can install the best sink in his house. Undoubtedly, selecting the right sink can add to the look of your kitchen and enhance the decor of the entire house. Step 1: Right Thickness
When you are planning to remodel your old kitchen or to decorate the kitchen of your new house, then you should first decide on a budget. Stainless sinks are expensive and one should have an idea about the money they would be willing to spend for a stainless steel sink. The thickness and style of stainless steel sinks should be decided depending on the price they can afford, but stainless steel can scratch easily and intensify the sound of running water and the garbage disposal. It can also dent, if a very heavy object (such as a cast-iron pot) is dropped on it. If you choose stainless steel, ask about the gauge (or thickness of the material) for the model you are considering. A lower gauge number indicates thicker material, which should be sturdier and quieter. Also, look for an undercoating that further muffles sound. Step 2: Bowl Shape and Size
Double-bowl sinks are common these days, but many renovated kitchens now feature sinks with three bowls (often two large ones for everyday use and a smaller one for the garbage disposal). The third bowl doesn't have to be in the middle; some models place it in the corner or on the side, making the main bowls easier to reach. Another popular option is an extra-deep bowl on one or both sides - perfect for washing large pots. Specially shaped sinks are available for corner placement, and small models are perfect for use on wet bars or side counters in the kitchen. Some homeowners choose a small sink with a built-in filter for drinking, and a larger one for cleaning and other everyday uses. Step 3: Mounting Style
The other thing that you need to know is how the stainless steel sink is installed. Sinks can be attached above the countertop (top-mounted), below it (under-mounted), or level with it (flush-mounted).

How to Remove Stains From a Stainless Steel Sink?

Stainless steel sinks can last for years if maintained properly. Without proper maintenance and handling a stainless steel surface can get damaged. Someone who wants to retain the shine of the stainless steel surface should follow the stainless steel maintenance tips and use recommended cleaners for the surface. Here are some some easy tips on removing the stains from a sink: Cut a fresh lemon in half and rub the cut side on the stain. Different stains respond to different treatments, so if the lemon doesn't work, there are other options you can try to remove the stains. Leave the lemon juice on the stain and sprinkle on a little common table salt. The two elements together have a light bleaching action, yet it's non-toxic. Wet the surface of the stain with water and sprinkle on a little baking soda. This works as a non-abrasive scouring powder. Rub with a damp soft cloth. Place the stopper in the sink's drain and pour some white vinegar on the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes. If the stain is even more stubborn, heat the vinegar on the stove top or in the microwave and pour the warm vinegar on the stain, again allowing it to sit for 30 minutes.

How to Repair Scratched Stainless Steel?

Like many metallic surfaces, your stainless steel sink will scratch. These are merely usage scratches and over time will blend into the overall finish of your sink with proper cleaning. One should not use rough material for the cleaning of the stainless steel sinks as it can leave scratch mark on the surface. Stainless steel can scratch easily if steel wool or some scouring powders are used, and harsh chemicals, such as bleach, can damage the colour and even cause pits in the surface. The best cleansers to use are non-abrasive and non-toxic and they won't break your budget because they can be found right in your refrigerator and cupboard. Use a non-metal scouring pad to rub the cleaner in, always rubbing in the direction of the grain. Keep the stainless steel wet with the cleaner as you work, and rinse the pad often. Rinse the surface and wipe dry. GEMINI has tested general household cleaners to measure their effectiveness in cleaning our sinks. To clean and maintain your sink, we reccomend cleaners like Bar Keeper's Friend, Scratch-B-Gone or Shiny Sinks Plus which you can buy in shops. Maintenance and proper handling can help retain the beautiful look of your kitchen sink for years.

Chlorides and Water Quality

Today, chlorides are found in almost all soap, detergents, and bleaches. Chloride can have an aggressive effect on stainless steel. However, they are usually water soluble. The quality of your water can affect the sink's look. If your water has a high iron content, a stain can form on the sink giving the appearance of rust. To combat these problems, we suggest that you thoroughly rinse and towel dry your sink after each use to remove any chloride residue and surface stain. The sink should be cleaned on a weekly basis, which would keep your sink looking bright and shiny.