Are you thinking about installing a ceramic sink in your kitchen? I’d like to take a moment to give you a word of advice about ceramic sinks and my experience with one in my own home.
My aunt warned me about ceramic sinks long before we built our house. I don’t recall how we got on the subject, but she pulled me into the kitchen to check out how scratched up her ceramic sink was. “Don’t ever choose ceramic!” she warned.
So when we were picking out miscellaneous things during construction, I made it a point to tell our builder that I wanted a stainless steel sink. I’d been reading plenty of stainless steel sink reviews so I already had in mind what I wanted; you’d be surprised about the variety of such sinks there are available out there but they do look very nice indeed. A nice one, but in stainless steel. Problem solved. You’d think. But then why would I be posting this particular “word of advice”?
We came out to the new house during construction almost daily. On one particular visit, they had just an hour or so prior installed our brand spankin’ new ceramic kitchen sink. It was the first thing that I saw when I walked in the house–it was very white and popped visually against the black countertops. I immediately pointed out the error and the foreman was apologetic, but he did NOT want to get a plumber Brisbane southside to take that thing out. He said they always put in ceramic because it is more high end and looks great. And it did. So pretty and white. He gave us our ceramic sink at stainless steel cost.
I have even been careful with the sink over the years. I always use a plastic mat when doing dishes and for years I never used anything abrasive to clean it. Now I use Soft Scrub with Bleach on it because it just doesn’t get clean with anything less. **UPDATE** January 2016– I recently started using Barkeeper’s Friend powder on this after I discovered how well it worked in our bathroom tub and shower stalls. It has made the sink the cleanest it has looked in years.
But the scratches seem to discolor again really quick. And you have to use something with bleach to get it looking nice. I have even been known to keep a small squirt bottle under the sink with diluted bleach in it so I could touch up during the week and get it looking decent again.
The sink also shows marks if you are cleaning pots and pans or baking sheets and they rub against the ceramic. Kind of like my Pfaltzgraff plates do when you cut anything with a knife on it. Which is another hint: those marks come off if you use the Pfaltzgraff cleaner on the sink too. **Update**–Barkeeper’s Friend also works to remove the gray/silver marks from pots and pans on your ceramic sink as well. I got the idea from One Good Thing by Jillee who used it on her dishes, but it worked perfectly on the sink as well.
So there you have it. Just my two cents, but we will eventually replace that sink with stainless steel. I’d love an undermount one this time around! **Update**–I still wish we had started with an undermount stainless steel sink in the first place.
Do you have a ceramic sink or are you thinking about getting one? What do you think about stainless steel sinks? Have a hint to share about ceramic sinks? I’d love to hear from you!