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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.