Ceramic sinks have existed since the 19th century and have been crafted and nurtured in England for many years. Today, it is slowly changing and is taking on a new life as it goes into 21st century homes.
Ceramic sinks, also called fireclay sinks are now seen in suburban mansions, urban townhouses and regular cultured houses and they still exude the charm and elegance found in 19th century homes. Today homeowners have concerned themselves with value comfort, authentic beauty and excellent form more than strict practicality. Thus, ceramic sinks have been used by more and more number of homes and establishments.
Ceramic sink has a composition that is quite similar to vitreous china, which offers smooth, non-porous surface that don't tend to rust, discolor or fade. They do not only exude elegance and attractiveness, but it also has various advantages.
- They are durable and can withstand the rigors of regular use and time.
- They are very resistant to stains so they can be easily maintained. They also do not tend to rust.
- They are relatively spacious and can accommodate large platters, pans, pots and baking dishes that require regular hand washing.
Ceramic sink design has improved greatly. They can be simple and plain, or they can be sculpted or hand painted to create a unique style that will blend well in your kitchen. The most common type of ceramic sink is still the regular Belfast bowl which is deep and rectangular (or square). Whether you have an old world, farmhouse style kitchen or a cotemporary one, you can easily find one to fit your need and style requirements.
There are now additional features in ceramic sinks such as high back and low front design wherein it is placed just above the cabinetry which surrounds it. The new generation of ceramic sinks is as difficult to make as the ones in the 1800's. They are handmade so that it takes several days to make them. The core is usually made out of liquefied fireclay (or similar materials) which are set into a mould, removed as soon as it sets, and hand finished. A glaze made from ground glass is then sprayed over it and is finally placed in a kiln overnight to fire the glaze and bake the sink.
Cleaning of ceramic sinks can be pretty easy. You only need to clean the outside with mild soap and warm water. Afterwards, you can wipe the entire surface of the sink with a dry, soft cloth or paper towel. You can use a general purpose cleaner or detergent to maintain it clean. Using abrasive cleaners and solvents might dull the surface so it might be best to avoid them. If you happen to have hard water, try to clean your sink more often in order to maintain a glossy finish.