Welcome. Here you will find some of the questions frequently asked by our customers. If you cannot find the answer to your question, simply contact our Customer Service. We look forward to helping you.
Kindred uses nothing but the best when it comes to top quality stainless steel. Their sinks vary anywhere from heavy 18 gauge with high Nickel content to robust 20 gauge sinks.
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:
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 the stainless steel.
As with most things, your stainless steel sink WILL scratch with use. However, over time as the sink ages, scratches will become less apparent and in fact blend into the surface.
Stainless steel stands up to high hot or cold temperatures, along with sudden temperature changes. That means you can drain hot boiling pasta in your sink, followed with a rinse of ice cold water, without causing any damage to your sink's surface.
If water is left standing anywhere on your stainless steel sink, it will evaporate and leave a film (spots) on the surface of the steel. This film can be removed with regular dish soap and water and a soft cloth. For removing heavier residue, you may use a mild solution of vinegar and water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
Sink tip: Regularly rinse and towel dry your sink after use to keep its surface exposed to oxygen. (Oxygen reacts with chromium in the steel to form a strong, highly protective chrome oxide film on the surface of your sink. It is this film that makes stainless resistant to corrosion and gives it a remarkably long life.)
Stainless steel is a wonderful material that does not rust. However, if given the opportunity, iron particles that do rust will bond to its surface - from metal cooking implements for instance. To remove this surface corrosion, place a small amount of Autosol® on a damp or dry cloth. Rub in the direction of the grain on the bottom or sides of the bowl. You may also use Scotch-Brite® on the bottom or sides of the bowl but NOT on the mirrored surface. If the mirrored finish has dulled, use a metal polish such as Peek® to restore its lustre. Please do not use a silver dip cleaner. Thoroughly rinse and towel dry.
Sink tip: Regularly rinse and towel dry your sink after use to keep its surface exposed to oxygen. (It is the oxygen that reacts with chromium in the steel to form a strong, highly protective chrome oxide film on the surface. It is this film that makes stainless resistant to corrosion and gives it a remarkably long life.)
Kindred believes in having a sink for every style home. For this reason they incorporate color and texture into their line of sinks. Aside from stainless steel, Kindred produces sinks made of Granite in a variety of colors and shapes.
No, Kindred sinks are available in the finest stainless steel and granite. These materials are non-porous.
A topmount sink has a lip that folds over the countertop and is therefore resting on top of the countertop cutout. Fasteners securely mount an undermount sink underneath the countertop so that a polished edge of granite, marble, etc. is exposed above the sink. An undermount sink cutout requires more polishing and installation labor than a topmount sink cutout and is therefore a more expensive option.
Bowl configuration really is a personal preference. If you tend to use a lot of large platters, roasters or pots, a combination bowl sink might be a good choice. An equal sized double bowl is a good wash and rinse model.
Yes. In fact, some stainless steel sinks look bright and shiny at first, but corrode in time. All stainless steel sinks are not equal in quality and material content. Look for the best combination of chromium and nickel for superior corrosion resistance and durability.
The thickness, called "gauge", can be determined by its number. The lower the number, the thicker the steel. Most sinks come in 18 or 20 gauge steel. The 18 gauge is the thicker of the two and more than ample thickness for residential sinks.
Look for a rich, deep, satin-smooth finish rather than a surface gloss. The luster comes from machine and hand-finishing operations, which enable the sink to keep its beauty for years - without cracks, chips, or stains. Many feel that the look actually improves with age, taking on a soft patina glow.
The 3 basic measurements for comparing sink sizes are:
The deeper the bowl, the straighter the slope and the tighter (smaller) the radius, the more capacity there is in the sink.
The undercoating on your sink absorbs sound, protects against condensation and helps maintain sink water temperature.
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.
Sure, many faucet manufacturers offer faucets designed for one or two holes. Most common sink configurations have either 1, 2, or 3 mounting holes on the sink top. Look under the sink to determine the number of holes in your sink because the holes may be covered by an existing faucet. Also, note that once you have purchased a faucet without a sprayer that you generally can't just add a sprayer. You need to decide before you purchase a kitchen faucet whether you want a separate sprayer or not. Integrated sprayers in pull-out or pull-down faucets offer a cleaner looks for your sink area.
You could, but it is absolutely not recommended. Air gaps have an health safety function and should be kept on the deck of the sink counter.
Air gaps might be a required code for dishwashers and for water softeners in many areas.
Kindred 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 custom cutting boards and grids to each unique sink design.
All of the holes for Kindred faucets and soap dispensers are 1 3/8" in diameter.
We recommend that you clean your Kindred accessories with Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend.
Please contact your Kindred Customer Service team to get replacement feet.
You may wish to add water to thicker concentrated liquid soaps, in a 1/3 water to 2/3 ratio to reduce the possibility of clogging. Regular cleaning of the soap dispenser is also recommended.
The answer is definitely YES. A properly sized septic tank can easily accommodate the use of a disposer. Septic systems designed to accommodate a dishwasher or clothes washer can also accommodate a disposer. On a daily basis, and on average, a household food waste disposer uses an amount of water equal to one flush of a toilet.