Posts Tagged ‘Steel’

Which faucet for the sink PART 2

December 31, 2012

Of which form

The valve must be suitable to the sink, but the choice also depends on the presence of wall units or shelves, against which the spout of the faucet should not hurt.

Two or three holes

In the kitchen, the most common faucet are single-hole models, which are constituted by a single element, and that therefore, to be installed, require a single opening.

– This can be practiced in the sink, on the kitchen top or wall.
– Alternatively, you can choose however also taps in two or three holes. The former are constituted by a single element, but require two holes for the controls hot and cold water. The models with three holes, consisting of three separate elements, have an opening for the beak and the other two knobs for the hot and cold water.

Made of steel

The sinks in this material are hygienic, strong and durable as the stainless steel will not change color and does not tarnish. The surface can be polished or satin: in the latter case stains and spots are less clear.

How to clean it

For stainless steel are used water and soap or mild detergent and non-abrasive sponge.
– After rinsing, wipe it with a soft cloth to emasculate the formation of stains.
– For tougher stains, use a specific detergent, or clean with a sponge dipped in a solution of water and vinegar.
– You can dry it with a soft cloth and some alcohol.
– For the residues that forms around the drain, rub with force a half of lemon and leave the substance for ten minutes.

Finishing issues

Chrome plating is a widely used treatment to refine the faucets, especially those made ​​of brass. Through a process of immersion in the chromium, the surface assumes a shiny appearance like that of a mirror and a color similar to steel.

Polished and clean

The taps can be cleaned with a soft cloth, avoiding abrasive sponges.
– To delete the limestone use soap and water or dry always the surfaces, is also good to pass specific products, but reading carefully the instructions for use.
– Rub the base with a toothbrush which has been put on the creamy cleanser or a special softener.
– The chrome taps can be polished with hot water and vinegar. Do not use salt and soda that can scratch the chrome.
– In the end, it is especially suitable the deerskin for drying.
– To remove limestone from glass knobs prepare a solution of soap and water avoiding the use of other products that may become loose from the metal part.

Which faucet for the sink PART 1

December 30, 2012

Single lever or two separate knobs, polished or satin finish: the choice of mixer for the kitchen also depends on the shape, size and material of the sink. Which can be made of steel, ceramic or plastic.

Two types of mixers

For the kitchen sink, you can choose between models can be operated with one or two commands. The first one are more practical to use and easy to adjust, while others have robust internal mechanisms that do not deteriorate with use.

Single lever

These mixers are equipped with a single knob, or a lever, which allows to mix the hot water and cold water and to adjust the flow.
– Depending on the model, the knob can be placed next to, on or before the delivery spout.
– The movement of the lever is secured by a ceramic disc cartridge which is located under the handle.
– This could be damaged by the use and cause water leakage, decrease of pressure and hardening of the movement of the levers.
– It is therefore necessary to have another one to change.

A two knobs

As an alternative to single-lever, you can choose a model with a single spout for dispensing water, but two separate knobs for mixing the hot water and the cold.
– In this case there is no disc cartridge: the locking mechanism of the handle of the faucet is a ceramic cartridge that allows a rotation of 90 ° or 180 °.
In older models, was also available a greater openness, but in order to avoid wastage of water, now it is limited only to this measures.

On wall

If you want the mixer on the wall serves an intervention on the masonry, to realize a new attack in correspondence of the tap.
– Therefore is advisable to seek for this choice when you are in the process of restructuring, or if you have to replace a similar model, because otherwise you will break the tiles.
– Otherwise, with a cheaper but less aesthetically beautiful, you can connect the new faucet to the old connections with an outer pipe flush on the wall.
– The beak of the valve must be long enough to reach the sink. If the hole for the insertion of the tap is already prepared in the sink must be covered with a steel plate.

 

Kitchen: ideas and solutions

December 9, 2012

Among the domestic space, the kitchen is perhaps one where you tend to spend most of the time. In these pages we want to give some ideas to design and decorate the kitchen according to taste, needs, capabilities and available space.

Wood and glass to divide

The modern kitchen is separated from the living area by a sliding glass door and a fixed panel of the same material. These are separated by a double-functioning element.

Kitchen at all light

The kitchen furniture, arranged in form of letter L is willing to have gloss lacquered beige doors, while the roofs are frosted glass. The wooden floor is cut at 45 ° from ceramic gray tiles gray in corespondency with the working area.

Techno elements

In the past almost exclusively used in professional kitchens, stainless steel is now the protagonist in the compositions of contemporary taste and hi-tech. Hygienic and resistant to impact and corrosion, is offered in various finishes – smooth, striped, satin or brushed – even combined with each other.

A highly strength material

Stainless steel is marked by different acronyms depending on the percentages of chromium and nickel in the alloy. For the kitchen is used steel 18/10 “austenitic” characterized by a particular composition and marked with the letters Aisi 304. This material has high mechanical strength and corrosion resistance and is suitable for contact with food. Lends itself to molding deep, that is, to the realization of elements of complex shapes. For durability, the steel requires a careful maintenance. Daily cleaning should be done with neutral detergent or with soap and water, and do not need to use steel wool or abrasive products.
If the steel is not dried well,it forms streaks and patches of limestone. In some cases, the material may be subjected to painting treatments, which forms a protective film and do not allow to leave traces on working areas.

Contemporary tradition

Suitable for rustic or a tavern, fully kitchen wood is warm and welcoming. Is one with the dining area, which is ideally separated from the counter used as a work surface. The furniture can be completed by the iron candlestick, from tools and pots and pans hanging on the copper grids compartment. And it is designed for moments of conviviality, for example, for wine tasting with friends.

Showcases and cabinets

The furniture of the kitchen are arranged in a U so as to maximize the space. The composition is equipped on both sides with base and wall units with glass doors. The module is flush with the sink under the window, but the valve does not impede the opening because the frame has glass sliding doors.

With free-standing modules

It is inspired by the professional models, steel kitchen consists entirely of free-standing modules. Two container elements next to each other form a single work bench. The objects of everyday use are left exposed in order to have everything near you when you need it.

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