Floors Made from Granite Remnants

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What to do with Granite Remnants?  These pictures show how to use Granite Remnants as flooring. In these examples, you can either square up the pieces or use them in their natural form.

Why Do I Need a Welded Sink?

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A welded sink is a sink where the sink bowls are individually drawn (pressed) then trimmed and welded together. Picture 1 shows a sink that has been drawn from a square piece of stainless steel. You can see where the steel has been drawn in to form the sides of the sink. The Cygnet Stainless factory then trims the steel and weld two individually drawn bowls into a double bowl sink. This process allows all four sides of the bowl to be of equal thickness.

Picture 1 – Welded Sink

Picture 2 shows a sink where both bowls in a double bowl sink are drawn from a single piece of steel. This process is much cheaper because it is a one-step process instead of four steps. You can see in the picture where the steel is being drawn in on three sides of each bowl. There is no steel available to be drawn into the center rail, so this process requires stretching and stressing the steel in the center rail. This process makes the center rail steel thinner than the rest of the sink. You can hear the difference when you tap on the center rail. That area will sound much tinier than the other sides.

Picture 2 – Double Pressed Sink

Welded sinks are heavier which means they are quieter than double drawn bowls. The Cygnet factory also uses heavier South Korean 16 gauge stainless steel (1.50-millimeter 16 gauge vs. Chinese 16 gauge at 1.35-millimeter.) Many manufacturers make up for the thinner steel by adding sound pads on the bottom and sides of the sink. Almost always, the more sound pads, the cheaper the sink because the manufacturer is trying to make up for the thinner or cheaper steel. The sound pads are made from recycled rubber and can have a distinctive odor.
Cygnet welded sinks have no side pads, and the bottom pad is a foil back pad from the automotive industry that is used to reduce road noise. Over the foil pad, the factory installs an industry exclusive thermal pad to reduce condensation.


Small Radius Sinks That Do Not Drain

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Small Radius Sinks including Zero Radius sinks are made from a flat piece of stainless and most, if not all, do not drain…. until now.  Both the Cygnet PerfecFlo sinks and the Evolution sinks drain well.

A few months ago we were doing a show in Tennessee and talking about how well our sinks drain. A lady came us to us about her new Zero Radius sink. Below is the story.

Consumer Catalog

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You can now Download the ANO Consumer Catalog with all the latest products from ANO. The Catalog includes line drawings on the sinks and heights on all the faucets. It also has lists of features and benefits of the sinks and faucets and other literature.

Zero Radius Sinks

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Zero radius sinks were the first small radius sinks. The Zero Radius sinks had sharp corners which made them difficult to clean particularly in the bottom corners where the side corners and the bottom meet. The picture below shows the problem corner in the sink.  The bottom picture shows the corners on the Cygnet Stainless Small Radius sinks. Both the Evolution Series and the PerfecFlo™ sinks have 3/8″ diameter corners. These small radiuses make the sink easier to clean and also stiffen the sink and make it quieter. 

FSR2318 Standard Small radius Sink 10″ Deep


The Tall and the Short of Cygnet Stainless Faucets

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Cygnet Stainless Solid Stainless Lead Free Healthy Choice Faucets™ have several models. Some are tall and short versions of the same basic faucets. The SD-6050 Richmond faucet is 16-15/16″ tall. The SB-6052 Preston has all the same parts except the neck which is shorter – 15-1/4″.

The SB-6040 Lexington and the SB-6040 (16-5/16) and Brentwood SB-6042 (14-3/8″) faucets are taller and shorter versions of the same faucets as are the SB-6080 Ashen (16-15/16″) and the SB-6070 Windsor (14-3/16″.)

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

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•To clean a stainless steel sink ANO recommends Barkeeper’s Friend and a green Scotch Brite Pad. You do not need to be gentle on the sink, but you should scrub with the brushing. If your sink does not have a brushed finish you will not be able to cover scratches. DO NOT use steel wool or other steel products. These products will leave behind metal dust that will rust. The rust can normally be removed with Barkeepers Friend and
Scotch Brite pad.
•Do not use the sink as a cutting board particularly with high quality hardened knives!!! Cutting on your sink will leave scratches in the steel that will be very hard to remove.
•Use grates fitted to the sink like Eclipse grates. Make sure you remove the grates clean under the grates particularly the legs regularly. Failure to clean under the grates can leave small stains under the legs.
•If you use a rubber pad on the bottom of the sink make sure you lift it and scrub the sink at least once a week.
•Acid-based cleaners will harm the sink so avoid them.
•On a brushed finish sink, you can remove minor scratches with abrasive scratch removers. We use a product by the name of Scratch Away which is available on the internet.
•When scrubbing heavy pots protect the sink with grates or other protective accessory. If you rest a pot directly on the sink while you scrub it, it can slide causing slide scratches.
•Most rust spots are the result of surface rust from sources other
than the sink such as the water supply or cans and can usually be
removed by a thorough cleaning. Note, if you have a polished finished sink (sometimes called a mirror finish) it will be very difficult to repair. If you have what is marketed as a matte or satin finish, it means there is no finish at all. The sink is stamped and send it to market. Scratches will be impossible to repair.