Read through our selection of Frequently Asked Questions to help you choose the right products for you.
- Q1: What qualities should I look for in a stainless steel sink?
- A: Check on the quality. Premium quality stainless steel is always 18/10, because this represents the addition of chrome and nickel to the steel, which guarantees best performance, corrosion resistance and durability.
- Q2: Why is weight important?
- A: You will find that more steel has been used in the manufacture of a heavier gauge sink, with resulting increase in quality and durability. A lightweight sink is often made from thin steel to achieve cost savings.
- Q3: What is the “flex” test?
- A: Quality sinks made of thicker stainless steel will resist movement of the drainer if pressure is exerted by hand.
- Q4: How easy is it to maintain a stainless steel sink?
- A: It is easy to maintain the sink’s appearance simply by using warm soapy water. A cream cleaner (CIF or similar) will remove any marks.
- Q5: How easy is it to clean your SILGRANIT® sinks?
- A: Again, very easy. SILGRANIT shrugs off stains, is impervious to chemicals and alkalis and is coloured all the way through, so there is no danger of the colour fading. For everyday maintenance, use warm soapy water, CIF (or similar) or in hard water areas, use a small amount of dishwasher powder.
- Q6: Which type of sink should I choose for:
- a laminate worktop
- a stainless steel worktop
- a granite worktop
- a wood worktop
- A: For laminate worktops choose an inset or overmount sink.
For stainless steel worktops, choose an inset sink.
For granite worktops, choose an undermount or overmount sink.
For wood worktops, choose an inset or overmount sink.
- Q7: I want to replace my sink and tap but not my kitchen units. Is this possible?
- A: Yes, as long as you choose a sink which is the same size or bigger than the one you have now. In most cases, it is safe to choose a sink which is 1000mm or more long. Your supplier will advise you which sinks are suitable if you provide details of the type and overall dimensions of your sink, dimensions of the sink base unit and worktop material. Use your existing sink dimensions to browse through some of the options in our website, guided by our answer to question 6.
- Q8: I would like to use the space in the corner for my sink. Is this possible?
- A: Yes, and you are right in thinking that placing a sink in the corner does make very good use of that often wasted space. BLANCO specialises in corner sinks and has many options. Just click on “corner sinks” in “Products at a Glance” to make your choice.
- Q9: Is water pressure critical when I choose my tap?
- A: Most plumbing systems fall into two categories: Medium/Low Pressure (Gravity supply), and Pressure Systems. The most common system in over 75% of UK homes is Gravity Supply, where high mains pressure fresh cold water for drinking is connected direct to the kitchen tap, with hot water supplied via a storage cylinder and cold water tank. This applies to most older properties. Nearly all new properties have Pressure systems, and they are also becoming more popular in the refurbishment market. Pressure systems provide a balanced, pressurised hot and cold water supply. All taps will work with Pressure Systems, but not necessarily with Gravity supply, so you must check the specification.
- Q10: I notice that some taps are WRAS approved. What does this mean, and is it important?
- A: It is an independent system which tests materials and performance against published standards. Independent testing is therefore an important consideration. Most BLANCO taps are approved by both the UK and the European test houses - WRAS (the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) and DAGW (the German Association of Gas and Water).
- Q11: I hear a lot about ceramic disc technology. What are the options/benefits of the systems available?
- A: As a rule of thumb, traditional taps with compression valves are ideally suited for low pressure situations. A traditional washer valve controls the water flow, with the tap handle taking a number of revolutions to turn the water from “off” to full “on”. Single lever taps are becoming very popular in the UK, and these invariably feature ceramic disc technology. They are designed for most low, medium and high pressure systems, and the 180 degree movement of the lever provides the convenience of one-handed control of the tap, allowing hot and cold mix in one movement. Cruciform quarter turn taps deliver full water flow instantly, from “off” to full “on”, with a 90 degree movement. Hard precision ceramic discs help to prevent “furring” from hard water deposits. BLANCO offers all options.
- Q12: What are the benefits of a tap with a pull-out spray?
- A: These taps provide full flow or spray action, and the long, flexible spray arm makes it easy to rinse vegetables, fruit and other items. It also allows you to reach every part of the sink easily. You can fill tall vases which can be quite awkward to fill, and you can even fill buckets placed on the floor, to avoid heavy lifting when the bucket is full of water. (Incidentally, if you do choose a pull-out spray tap, you are safe with BLANCO because our pull-out spray models have been designed especially for the UK, and will work with most water pressures).
- What qualities should I look for in a stainless steel sink?
- Why is weight important?
- What is the “flex” test?
- How easy is it to maintain a stainless steel sink?
- How easy is it to clean your SILGRANIT® sinks?
- Which type of sink should I choose for different worktops?
- I want to replace my sink and tap but not my kitchen units. Is this possible?
- I would like to use the space in the corner for my sink. Is this possible?