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How to Inspect Handmade Stainless Steel Sinks?

How to Inspect Handmade Stainless-Steel Sinks_

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Businesses everywhere tend to prefer stainless steel sinks over other sinks. This is because of the ease with which you can manufacture them.

Keep in mind, though; stainless steel sinks have a rigorous manufacturing process. Because of this, the sink likely will have some minor deformities or will need minor repairs.

To keep the selling price high, you need to make sure that you eliminate all of the flaws. Any minor flaw in the sink will probably mean that your selling price will take a hit.

This is why it is very important to inspect your handmade stainless steel sinks for any flaws so that they don’t lose their value. 

Inspection of A Handmade Stainless Steel Sink

For a handmade stainless steel sink, you have to check one by one for any flaw carefully.

Measurements

The first thing that you might need to inspect is the measurement work. Make sure that all the sinks are in coherence with the initial measurements you had in mind. The overall size and the bowl size should be comparable to the standard size of a sink.

Keep in mind that you can go for different measurements based on your target market. Make sure that your sinks are in accordance with whatever measurement you had in mind.

Drainage Hole

After that, you need to make sure that the sink’s drainage hole isn’t located in an odd position. Make sure that the location and size of the cave are what you had in mind. This includes the outside sizes and the inside sizes.

You also need to check whether or not the drainage hole is placed in the exact center of the sink. Make measurements from the drain hole to each of the edges on the bottom of the sink.

Finish of The Sink

You call the surface of the stainless steel the finish. You may find matte or mirror finishes, based on the market that you’re targeting.

Make sure that your product is in line with what you had in mind. Also check for irregularities in the surface of the sink.

Thickness

Don’t forget to check the thickness of the stainless-steel sink and its weight. Ensure that the weight of the sink (with and without the package) isn’t too much. You use a metric called ‘gauge‘ to measure the thickness of the stainless steel. The higher the gauge, the thinner the steel.

A thicker steel means that the sound of water splashing will be greatly reduced.

Radius of The Corners

If the handmade stainless-steel sink also has a round corner, you need to measure the radius of that corner as well.

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Edges of The Sink

You will also need to make sure that there are no curly or shark edges on the sink. If there is a scratch on the sink, make sure that you get it sorted out. These small things bring your price down.

Welding

For the ones with the square corners, make sure that it is well welded and that there is no yellowing. And for the ones with a round corner, make sure that it is well polished.

Additionally, you also need to make sure that the sink has a perfect shape and surface.

Back of The Sink

Then you need to inspect the back of the sink. The coating on the back should be well sprayed. There should be no cracking or flowing marks.

Protective Padding

Moreover, it would be best if you stuck the paddings on the side of the sink very tightly. This is so that the sink does not sustain any damage while shipping it.

Padding

Logo

Make sure that your logo is correctly printed on the sink and in the correct place.

To increase client satisfaction, make sure that the sink includes other accessories too. These include a grid, strainer, and product instructions.

Why You Should Sell Handmade Stainless Steel Sinks

Handmade stainless steel sinks are different from the pressed sinks.

You draw the pressed sinks in a machine that molds the steel into a predetermined shape. This leads to a wide variety of shapes and lengths of the sink.

On the other hand, handmade stainless steel sinks have a different manufacturing process. You manufacture them by hand and weld the corners. This results in straight lines through the basin and tight radius corners.

The handmade sinks have a more professional look to them and attract more customers.

Usable Space

Leaving appearance behind, there is also extra space on a handmade sink!

The tight radius corners that we talked about increasing the usable area of the sink significantly. Pressed sinks usually have bigger radius corners. For this reason, their size is considerably lesser than handmade sinks.

The tight radius corners also mean that the sink will have a flatter surface.

More Depth

The standard depth of a pressed stainless-steel sink is 9 inches. However, this figure keeps on varying depending upon the brand that you choose.

When it comes to stainless steel sinks, they have a depth of usually 10 inches or more. Customers find this beneficial as they have large pots and pans to wash as well. It might seem insignificant on paper, but the distinction is much clearer in the kitchen.

Cleaning Effort

With all the benefits of selling handmade sinks comes one defect too. Since these have tight radius corners, they are also harder to clean. Consider this while making your choice between selling pressed or handmade sinks.

The design of the pressed sink is such that it guides the water down the drain. On the other hand, the handmade sinks have a flatter surface. This means that water won’t always automatically flow down the drain.

To avoid water spots, the customer will need to rinse the sink after every use.

 Things to Consider While Buying A Handmade Stainless Steel Sink

Make sure you are aware of the different options that you can go for. Make an educated decision when buying handmade stainless steel sinks from your suppliers.

Drop-in vs Undermount

One choice you have to make is between a drop-in sink and an undermount sink.

A drop-in sink drops right into the counter, meaning that a visible lip will always rest on the counter. This will decrease the counter space. Also, this type of sink is harder to clean.

On the other hand, the customer will attach an undermount sink from beneath the counter. This will give the sink a more seamless look. An undermount sink offers increased counter space. This is because the lip of the sink is resting under the counter instead of the top.

Although an undermount sink offers more benefits, it also causes additional costs. First of all, they are harder to install. Secondly, they are pretty expensive as they are more difficult to manufacture. The price tag might cause people to shift to the drop-in variant.

Single Bowl vs Double Bowl

As the name suggests, single and double bowls are all about the sink space. A double bowl has two adjacent bowls with the water faucet in the middle. You can adjust the faucet to move to either bowl.

With a single bowl sink, there is only one bowl, which means lesser space and lesser costs.

The double bowl is beneficial if the customers have a large kitchen and have some money to spend. This sink will be more convenient as the dirty dishes could be in one single bowl and you could have the other one free.

The single bowl sink has one big bowl. This is ideal for bigger dishes, such as large pans and dishes.

As a business, you need to acknowledge your target market. Keep in mind the pros and cons of each variant then make your decision.

FAQs

What Is the Best Finish for A Stainless Steel Sink?

The satin finish is the best finish to have on your stainless-steel sink. This develops a better patina than a matte-finished stainless-steel sink.

What are the Different Criteria on Which the Stainless Steel Sink Is Inspected?

The different criteria include

  • The Material Check
  • The Thickness Check
  • The Dimensions Check
  • The Finish Check

What Is the Easiest Sink to Keep Clean?

The easiest sink to keep clean is the stainless-steel sink. The steel is actually non-porous, which means that it will not hold food debris in the bowl. Moreover, stainless steel is also resistant to stains.

How Do You Clean Your Stainless-Steel Sink?

One domestic hack that you can try out is cleaning your sink with baking soda and water. After that, rinse the sink with vinegar so that it eliminates all of the water stains from the surface of your sink. Once your sink is clean, you can add a shine to it.

Finally

Stainless steel sinks have a big market as people want a cheaper option for their apartments.

It is important that you use the techniques mentioned in the article to inspect the handmade stainless steel sinks and increase their value.

Good luck!

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