Ceramic is a type of pottery that is comprised of clay, powder, and water. This mixture will then be formed/sculpted, usually by hand, into a variety of shapes – in this case, a sink bowl. It will then be treated to extreme heat for it to harden.
Incredibly durable surface.
Quite resistant to scratches and chipping.
Incredibly easy to clean.
Resistant to stains and bacteria.
- Non-porous and smooth surface that is resistant to discoloration over time.
- Easy to clean surface without the need for abrasive brushes.
- Affordable price tag.
- It comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit all interior bathroom designs.
- The price will range widely depending on the style of the sink as well as the functions it delivers. While typically affordable, there are ceramic bathroom sinks that can be quite expensive.
it won’t withstand impacts from falling over.
Wipe off the wet ceramic surface with a clean, dry towel to prevent stains from appearing.
It is also recommended to keep the ceramic surface dry and wipe off traces of soap as this is the leading cause of staining in ceramic sinks.
Porcelain is similar to ceramic, as both are pottery-based products. However, porcelain is known to be significantly harder than its ceramic counterpart. While it is considerably sturdier than ceramic, porcelain still manages to maintain a smooth surface appearance.
Porcelain is made by taking refined fireclay mixture and heating it under extreme heat (1,200 to 1,400 F) in a kiln or oven. simple mixture of fireclay, metal, and glass materials.
cast iron and metal sinks with a porcelain coating can be found also.
quite easy to clean.
extremely low water absorption.
- One of the most affordable types of bathroom sinks in the market.
- Porcelain sinks are also low-maintenance materials and will require less cleaning than other bathroom types in this list.
- Porcelain is not ideal for heavy use. Porcelain sinks are also not very durable compared to ceramic.
- Usually comes in plain and simple designs.
Similar to ceramic sinks, you should avoid using any abrasive cleaning material on porcelain. Just use dishwashing soap or a mild all-purpose cleaning product.
After cleaning the sink, remember to wipe the entire surface dry to prevent grime build-up from leftover traces of soap. You should also refrain from using high acid cleaning solutions as it can cause damage to the porcelain’s surface over time.
The stainless-steel sink is up there with ceramic as the most common type installed in bathrooms today. Stainless steel sinks can also be considered as an eco-friendly choice because it mostly being comprised of 60% recycled material.
It is cheaper but with high durability and stain resistance. It fits in most modern home aesthetics and is extremely easy to clean.
It can pretty much withstand the use of any type of cleaning solution. It is virtually impossible to chip.
The most affordable type of bathroom sinks.
Stainless-steel is far easier to maintain while also being extremely durable.
18-gauge stainless-steel sinks are more resistant to water stains and scratches. 16-gauge are more durable and resistant to dents but are heavier.
Stainless steel bathroom sinks are perfect for homes with a contemporary design.
Scratching the surface can happen but only if you put the effort on trying to put a dent on it.
Stainless steel bathroom sinks are not visually compatible with a traditional interior designed bathrooms as it will always have a silver finish.
You should stick to 18 and 16-gauge stainless steel and avoid 22-gauge as these are quite flimsy and has a high risk of denting.
Cleaning stainless steel sinks is relatively more straightforward compared to other types of materials. The surface can be cleaned by using soap and warm water. The vital aspect to remember is to wipe the stainless-steel surface dry of any moisture.
Droplets of water can cause mineral deposit build-ups, which would negatively affect the overall appearance of the surface, leaving stains that would appear again and again.
If you wish to help maintain the integrity of the stainless-steel sink, avoid using cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals. Stainless steel sinks are indeed quite durable, but improper cleaning methods will cause some level of deterioration over time.
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