General Care and Cleaning

Cleaning your stainless steel sink

Discolouration and most marks on stainless steel are caused by water-bourne deposits clinging to its surface. They are always the result of an outside source rather than coming from the steel itself. Such stains are often seen as a 'rainbow' effect and can be avoided by removing wet cleaning aids (cloths, containers etc) from the sink after use so as to avoid watermarking and rust stains. 

One of the best ways to care for your stainless steel sink is to clean it with a product called 'ShinySinks'. It is available from most major supermarkets and can be used daily. It is helpful to dry the sink thoroughly after cleaning.

Avoid:

(a) The use of plastic washing up bowls as these cause heavy localised scratching.

(b) Leaving salt, vinegar, citric fruit juices, mustard or pickles on the surface for any length of time as they can cause corrosion.

(c) Abrasive cleaners such as bleach, scourers or wire wool pads.

Cleaning your tap
 
Care needs to be taken not to damage the tap finish - cleaning should be gentle using a soft cloth rinsed in warm, soapy water. If limescale is a problem around the nozzle, then gentle use of a small brush with some lemon juice will help alleviate the problem. Take care to rinse away any remaining lemon juice after cleaning.
 
Scratching - stainless steel
 
The surface scratches which appear on stainless steel sinks rarely have any appreciable depth and will become less noticeable with age. A stainless steel sink will develop a patina with time and will look better a year after installation than during the first few months of use. During this time, the scratching will even out and become less apparent. All sinks manufactured in stainless steel perform in exactly the same way in this respect be they manufactured by The 1810 Company or a competitor. 
 
We would point out that the use of a plastic washing up bowl will, over time cause the development of regular abrasion marks over the sink's surface. Inox Cream can usually help in this instance. Apply the cream with a damp cloth using a circular motion. Allow to dry to a white powder and then buff off with kitchen roll. The Inox Cream forms a waterproof layer on your sink which helps the water to drain off the surface. 
 
Rust Spots
 
The 1810 Company are extremely stringent in the quality and standards required from their steel suppliers. The material used is high quality stainless steel which is metallurgically incapable of rusting or corroding in normal, household conditions.
It can, however, harbour ferrous particles from the water supply and these often occur with newer installations when the pipework is disturbed. These filings get deposited and cling to the surface and, unless removed, will cause rust. Wire wool pads, scouring pads and utensils can also cause rust if left in the sink for prolonged periods.
 
In this instance, we would recommend that the sink is cleaned thoroughily using a product called 'Bar Keepers Friend'. This should be sprinkled onto the sink and scrubbed into a paste with a stiff nylon nail brush. Using a nylon washing up brush is not sufficient as the products needs to be worked into the 'valleys' of the texture of the sink. It should be left on the sink for at least 30 minutes before thoroughly rinsing off.
Unless the particles are completely removed, they will return. It is therefore very important that after cleaning the sink, it is dried thoroughly. 
 
This process needs to continue at least daily for a period of 7-10 days until the problem disappears. The problem is sometimes particularly obstinate and it may take several attempts to restore the sink to its pristine condition. We would also recommend that a product such as ShinySinks is used following each application of Bar Keepers Friend. Both products are available from most leading supermarkets. 
 
 
E-Cloth™– for use on stainless steel
Sinks & Taps UK  recommend The E-Clothâ„¢ for use on our stainless steel sinks. The E-Clothâ„¢ contains no chemicals, but millions of fibres which literally wipe away all dirt, including grease, using just water. The E-Clothâ„¢ is available from most major supermarkets.
 
 
Care & Cleaning of your Ceramic Sink
 
Cleaning
Your new 1810 company ceramic sink is a high quality product and has an impervious surface that is resistant to most household cleaning products and chemicals. Our products are carefully tested to ensure they perform to the highest standards. Please use a damp clean cloth for general cleaning.Should you need to remove grease, soap and water marks, a proprietary bathroom cleaner should be used. Please be sure that the products are non abrasive, as they will dull the gloss surface of the product if used. Using a diluted bleach solution twice weekly applied with a sponge or soft cloth, then rinsed thoroughly with lots of water, will maintain the surface shine and keep your sink hygienically clean.
 
(NB: Care should always be taken when using bleach, please read manufacturers instructions for use.) Tougher limescale deposits can usually be removed using household vinegar or similar vinegar solutions. Care should be taken when using substances containing fluoride. Always ensure that any deposits are removed immediately before they can cause damage to the sinks surface. Any stubborn marks on the surface can be removed by liquid or cream bathroom cleaner, but marks such as those caused by iron or aluminium saucepans or similar objects can be removed using specialist cleaning products such as ‘Astonish Oven and Cookware Cleaner’ which is available from most supermarkets or online at ‘www.astonishcleaners.com’.
 
Care
Your new ceramic sink has a glazed ceramic surface, which although very strong, can be damaged by sharp metallic objects such as cutlery. Special care must be taken not to drop metal objects onto the surface of your sink.