Stainless steel commercial sinks
The sink is an important part of your home. How would you be able to wash the dishes, wash your face, and even do a little laundry without a sink? Throughout the years of its existence, the sink has now evolved from being a simple free-standing bowl to the kind kind that you can mount on or install under your countertop. The sink's functionality has also evolved. There are now many of types of sinks and each of them has their own specific style and use. From residential to commercial use, the innovations toward the development of the sink have given us cleaner and more convenient lives.
Unlike the sinks of old that were made simply from wood, today's modern sinks now have a touch of technology in them. Manufacturers use different kinds of materials to make sinks like ceramics, glass, porcelain and stainless steel because they are more durable than wood. If you are looking for a sink for your home, then it is recommended that you buy those that are made of glass or porcelain since they not only are they durable, they are beautiful as well. But if are planning to put up a restaurant or get a franchise of a fast food store, then it is best that you get those that were made more for functionality and durability that anything else--stainless steel sinks.
What is stainless steel?
First of all, we need to understand the material used in creating these sinks to learn why they are the popular choice for commercial sinks.
Stainless steel is a ferrous alloy, a mixture of iron and carbon with a minimum amount of chromium which is at 10.5 percent. It has a higher resistance to oxidation (the process of rusting) and corrosion because of the amount of chromium mixed into the compound. The percentage of chromium found in this alloy slows down the process of oxidation by creating a passivation layer, a layer which allows certain metals to become more passive when reacting with other elements. When chromium is exposed to oxygen, it becomes chromium oxide. The chromium oxide forms a layer that may not be visible to the naked eye, but does a good job of protecting the steel from chemical reactions with water and air.
Because of this, stainless steel has been an ideal material in creating commercial products. Aside from its high resistance against corrosion, stainless steel is also easy to maintain and relatively cheaper than other alloys. Most of all, stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable, making it very eco-friendly. These attributes make stainless steel more attractive and sensible to use when manufacturing commercial sinks since most of these sinks will be in contact with water most of the time.
Why stainless steel commercial sinks?
When running a restaurant business or any food outlet, it is imperative to have a very clean kitchen. Everything from stoves, ovens, counters, and especially the sinks should be clean and sanitary if you do not want to be shut down by the sanitation department. So it makes more sense to use stainless steel sinks because not only are they cheap, they also make for easy clean-up and maintenance.
Depending on the size of your kitchen or your food outlet, you will need to buy a specific kind of commercial sink to cope with the number of dishes that you need to wash throughout the day. Here are some of the things you need to consider when getting a commercial sink:
Number of compartments: Commercial sinks come in different number of compartments. If you are running a large and busy food outlet then it is best to get a commercial sink with three or more compartments. Getting a sink with the right number of compartments will result to faster and more efficient washing.
Size: Of course as the number of compartments add up, so does the size of your sink. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you need to find out just how big you want your sink to be. Do not get one that is too large or too small. The smallest you can get is around 18x18 inches and can go up to 24x24 inches.
Other features: Some stainless steel commercial sinks have drainboards that are very convenient for easy clean-ups. Sinks that have these drainboards may take up a lot of space so be sure that your kitchen can accommodate the sink before getting it.