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1901 Sink Installation & Care

 

Most cabinetmakers now are quite familiar with the installation of butler and Belfast sinks, so discussing the installation with them is always a good place to start. Generally the sinks are installed "undermounted". This means that the benchtop sits on the top edge of the sink. The benchtop will have a cut-out for the sink- most often with the front of the sink exposed. 
Normally the benchtop overhangs the sink by about 1cm.

Support: 
Generally no special support is needed for these sinks, however we would recommend that the sides of the shelf on which the sink is mounted are supported with a "slat" of melamine or timber below each side for a little extra strength.

Sealing: 
We recommend that the junction of the sink and the benchtop is sealed with a flexible sealant (like kitchen silicone). This not only stops any water from running under the bench, but also helps in stability by fixing the sink to the benchtop. Please note: it is vital that this sealant be flexible, especially with stone benchtops, as the rate of contraction and expansion will differ between the sink and the stone, so these two elements need to be free to move independently of each-other. Use of a rigid adhesive here will void the warranty, and as such needs to be avoided.

Plumbing: 
All fittings required for simple connection to drainage are supplied. These comply with all appropriate Australian standards and also accommodate any overflows (as required). This procedure is quick and easy and then connects to standard plumbing fittings.

When installing the waste fitting/s it is important to use some silicone sealant between the stainless steel waste flange (the part that you will see in the sink around the plug) and the glazed sink itself. This is to stop water from draining under the flange when the sink is filled. Please note that if surfaces are cleaned with a cloth dampened with Mineral Turps the silicone adheres very well. Also use the same cloth to clean up any excess silicone that squeezes out when the waste fitting is tightened. Ensure that the silicone is cleaned up BEFORE it dries.

Care: 
Simply use a non-abrasive cleaner (like "Spray and Wipe") to clean your sink. Like any product your sink will not stay new forever, and (like stainless steel) you will see very fine marks on the surface due to the sink coming into contact with sharp edges on knives and forks etc. This poses no problem for the practical use and life of your sink. Should you ever wish to rejuvenate your sink, this can be done with fine car polish if desired. Some householders prefer to use a rubber protective mat in the bottom of their sink. These can be purchased at most good homeware stores.

Fireclay sinks have been in use for about 300 years, and many that are over 100 years old remain in use to this day. This is a testament to the timeless quality of this product. With a little care you will enjoy the practical and stylish quality of 1901 fireclay sinks for many years to come.