Franke uses nothing but the best when it comes to top quality stainless steel. Their sinks vary anywhere from 16 gauge, which is commercial gauge, to 20 gauge sinks. Franke has a line of Professional Series sinks at 16 gauge giving you the highest quality stainless steel used in commercial kitchens.
Stainless steel sinks should be punched prior to purchase. Order the sink requesting the extra hole. Drilling holes may dent a stainless steel sink and cause a brown discoloration around the hole due to heat caused by friction. Granite sinks have predrilled "knock-out" holes in the deck. Instructions for the knocking out the holes are as follows: Carefully set sink into the cutout countertop. This will provide proper support. Place a small flat punch on the center of the selected knockout sticker located on top of the deck. DO NOT PUNCH FROM THE BOTTOM. Strike firmly with hammer. Remove to install clips, faucet or other accessories. Follow instructions provided with sink for installation.
Do Routine Cleaning Use soap, warm water and sponge. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. To Remove Stubborn Stains BonAmi, BarKeeper's Friend or similar products are helpful in removing tough stains. Always rub in the direction of the grain, rinse thoroughly, and wipe dry. To Maintain Luster Use a small amount of mineral oil on a soft cloth. Apply evenly to the entire surface of sink and buff to a shiny finish.
Do not ever use steel wool, scouring pads, steel brushes, etc. Their particles may become embedded in the sink surface and cause a rusty discoloration.
No. They trap water causing iron deposits and surface discoloration.
The gauge is the thickness of the stainless steel. An easy rule of thumb is, the lower the number of the gauge, the thicker and better the stainless steel. Therefore, 18 gauge is better than 20 gauge.
What happens with the tri flow series is, they can get clogged. The way to fix that is to remove the spout by way of a 2MM screw in the back of the body. Then you can lift the spout up and clean the debris off the brightly colored flow restrictor. Then reinstall. This happens very often when homes have poor water quality. The hot and cold water is not filtered so anything could get inside there. Its mostly from wells NY, CA, FL or WA.
Finishes are durable if cared for correctly – do not use abrasive and damaging cleansers. Warm water and a soft cloth should be all that is needed. Overall chrome is usually the most durable.
Franke accessories can help keep your kitchen and prep area clean and organized, adding to the enjoyment of the food preparation. Greater efficiency in your efforts is the result of the customization of the cutting boards and grids to each unique sinks design.
All of the holes for Franke faucets, soap dispensers and little butlers are 1 3/8" in diameter.