Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of stainless steel does BLANCO use?
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, , featuring the highest quality 18/10 chrome-nickel formulation, 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.
18/10 Stainless Steel means the sink contains 18% Chromium or Chrome and 10% Nickel. BLANCO stainless steel collections all have an 18/10 grade, offering even greater durability and superior corrosive resistance.
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.