Voted 2019 Best Carpet Cleaning & Cleaning Service In Humboldt County

Best Of Humboldt 2019 A-1 Cleaning Service

Thank you Humboldt County for voting us BEST in Humboldt again! This is our 3rd year in a row for Best Carpet Cleaning and for Best Cleaning Company. We also won back an old title for best cleaning company we’ve had before with the Times Standard Readers Choice Awards too. It’s been a really great year here at A-1 headquarters! We are all thrilled our team of pro’s have been recognized for their quality work. Your satisfaction has been our goal from the beginning and that will never change. So once more thank you Humboldt for giving us the opportunity to serve you for 24 years and for voting us Best Carpet Cleaning & Best Cleaning Service in HUmboldt County! We are more excited than ever to provide you with excellent service by quality people with cutting edge technology.

We always enjoy celebrating with our staff this accomplishment. Here are a few pictures from the party that the The North Coast Journal through for us besties.

Best Of North Coast 2019 Party
A-1 Cleaning Service Lady Pros Pose for  their picture on a red carpet.
We took two categories this year. Best Carpet Cleaning & Best Cleaning Service.
Our Lady Pros Dressed for BOH 2019 Prom Night theme party.
BOH 2019 Best Of The North Coast Carpet Cleaning Award. William & Dianna proudly posing with their award for Best Carpet Cleaning and Cleaning Service in the North Coast.
William & Dianna Hardwick posing proudly with their 2019 award.
Best Of The North Coast 2019 winners proudly posing on the red carpet for best carpet cleaning and cleaning service.
The rest of the team posing on the red carpet.

Your Home Is A Jungle: How Improper Cleaning Invites Creepy-crawlies Into The Home

We tend to think of our homes as islands cut off from the rest of the world. Where nothing lives except ourselves and our loved ones. But in reality we share our home with millions of little creatures — and not just bacteria. Some of them even live on us and our pets.

And while some of these creatures are a normal and natural presence in the house, others aren’t supposed to be there — instead, bad cleaning habits (or not cleaning at all) can “invite” them to come in and live in the house with us. 

All of these creatures — normal or not normal — can make us ill if we don’t clean properly enough. Because a dirty environment gives them the chance to multiply, and in large numbers we begin to “feel” their presence, such as through allergies or other means. 

Let’s take a look at some of the creepy-crawlies that call our home theirs, and what we can do to get rid of them.

Toxoplasma

This parasite lives in the stomach-lining of cats and dogs, and its eggs drop out through feces. Litter-trays and dog poop is therefore a hotbed for infection. The eggs can even “stick” to the paws of your beloved pets, where they are transmitted easily throughout the house. The scary thing about this parasite is, it is a mind-altering parasite. It can infect the brain, where it subtlety influences our behaviour.

It is important that you regularly and thoroughly clean up after your pets’ mess, and that you also clean their feet. Try to limit where they go in the house, and certainly discourage them from jumping up on the worktop (in the case of cats) or the couch. Wash your hands after touching your pet.

Cryptosporidium 

It’s a bit of a mystery, where this microscopic spore comes from. But it has a nasty habit of infecting water — even chlorinated water. Usually, you will instinctively know if a source of water is infected with it, as it will generally be dirty or contaminated. A major source of contamination is shower water, or swimming pool water. 

Exposure can make you ill with stomach cramps and fever. This isn’t so much of a cleaning tip as a general awareness tip. If you have reason to suspect your water supply is contaminated with cryptosporidium, notify your water supplier. 

Crypto

Face mites

Mites live on your face. Yes, you read that correctly. At least two species, that aren’t even closely related to each other. 

And while it is normal to have thousands of microscopic mites moving about, breeding, and eating around your hair follicles, not cleaning properly can encourage a boom in their reproductive cycles. 

Too many face mites can cause acne and other skin conditions like rosacea; itching and hair loss. To get rid of them, use creams designed for oily skin in conjunction with tea tree oils and wipes, and try to wash your face several times a day. This should get down their numbers. 

Dust mites

Up to 10 million of these tiny, microscopic spiders can inhabit an old mattress, where their excessive droppings can trigger allergies. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 5 people are sensitive to excessive dust mites.

You can get rid of them by regular damp dusting; washing fabrics at 60 degrees Celsius, and swapping the faeces-laden mattress every seven years for a new one. 

Mosquitoes

These tiny terrors need no introduction. In the summertime, and particularly at dusk, they like to gather around light and water sources, and feast on whatever sweet skin they can get their hands on. 

A lot of bites are avoidable and stem from the condition of the garden. A rundown garden, with refuse or rubbish, open sources and long grass, can all encourage them to breed and hatch — and make their way inside through an open window. Reduce their numbers by cleaning and cutting the garden; clearing any debris away, and eliminating/covering any likely breeding grounds. 

Cockroaches

These beasts are attracted to offal; crumps, leftover food and water, and live in cracks and crevices in old foundations. When they don’t get what they want, they leave “smear marks” that not only smell rotten but spread disease.

The best way to fight against cockroaches is to not encourage them in, in the first place. Clean up after eating; and especially check to see if there aren’t crumbs lying about. Once an infestation is established, it may be time to call in an exterminator. Regular vacuuming will work well to clear away the eggs. 

Bedbugs

Actually bedbugs are a sign of a clean home, as they love clean environments. They are actually common in affluent hotels and esteemed apartments — so think of the infestation as a sort of compliment (well, that’s one way to look at it anyway).

Bedbugs owe their success to their eggs’ ability to survive in transportation for long periods of time. So if you’ve stayed in a room that’s not your own — and especially if you’ve been to a hotel — isolate your clothes and case and check for eggs. Vacuum them up if you see them. If your home is already infested, call an exterminator. 

Ticks

Most ticks cannot survive for long inside — they are woodland creatures. Except for the Brown Dog Tick. If you’ve been on a long walk with your dog, and especially in a grassy or leafy area, give it a check for ticks. Like with mosquitoes, the garden is another culprit here. Keep your garden tick-unfriendly by pruning back any bushes and trees, and by trimming the grass short. 

Ticks Infographic

This article was written by Neil Wright of Pure Freedom, a company that manufactures window cleaning systems for professional cleaners in the UK.

Tips for Easy and Effective Cleaning

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American usually spends at least one hour every day cleaning the house. Knowing how to keep your house clean between work, errands, parenting, and the other demands of everyday life can be one of the hardest lessons you learn in life. While it might be impossible to manage all the household chores and your office work, these easy and effective hacks shared by our friends from best vacuum expert will help you keep your house clean and your life in order.

1. Keep all your cleaning tools in the same spot

Keeping your collection of cleaning tools in one place will make things easy for you. You won’t waste any time looking for your tools when you want to clean, and you do not have to worry about assembling them before your next cleaning routine. Whether it is a tote, bucket, or caddy, having all your cleaning tools and products in one portable object will make it pretty easy to get the job done.


2. Sanitize your countertops and other surfaces


You can start by wiping down all the hard surface areas from appliances, countertops, and cabinets to light switches, doorknobs, telephones, and TV remotes. You should sanitize some of these surfaces, especially the ones which may deliver germs to the faces and fingers of people. You can make a nontoxic disinfection substance by mixing apple cider vinegar with some water.



3. Focus on sinks, toilets, and tubs

Hairs and toothpaste splatters in your bathroom sink can look nasty. Spray a suitable cleaning product on your kitchen sinks and then on your bathroom sinks, toilets, and tubs. Allow it to sit for several minutes to give the cleaner enough time to dissolve all the dirt and stains. Return to your kitchen and begin scrubbing and cleaning toilets last. You can keep a container of some disinfecting wipes under the sink, so they are handy. Wipe your sink’s faucet and basin after you are done getting ready for your day.

4. Keep moving as you vacuum

To keep your house clean, you should invest in a handheld vacuum. Don’t worry about getting everywhere when you vacuum. You should keep moving through your house, running the compact vacuum in each carpeted room in a single pass. Some tasks do not require to be done every week. These include cleaning the windows, waxing the furniture, as well as washing bath mats and area rugs. Inspect these home accessories and make your decision.

5. Do at least one load of laundry every day

Doing one laundry every day is life-changing. You can put your load in before leaving for work. However, if your washing machine comes with a delayed beginning cycle, you can set it to run before you return home. Transfer all the damp clothing items to the dryer after taking dinner, and then fold them before you retire to bed. Putting away a single load of laundry will take a short time, and you can also do it before going to bed.

6. Clean up each time you cook


Generally, dirty countertops and surfaces can attract household pests as well as make your kitchen space look awful. You can load dishes in your dishwasher after snacks or meals and then clean or wipe your countertops. This task does not involve moving everything. Start by putting any food away, spray your cleaner, and then clean.

7. Clean the entire house

Cleaning is more effective if you pick a single task at a time like dusting, vacuuming, or mopping. You should do the same task in each room in your house to prevent you from feeling as if you are in a constant cleaning cycle, beginning the same job over and over again.

8. Make cleaning a team activity

One of the best techniques to clean your house fast is by making the cleaning routine a team effort. You can schedule a specific time with your family in advance and assign the tasks to every individual. Working together as a group can bring some fun to the cleaning routine, and your entire house will be tidy and organized within a short time.

Logistical And Financial Issues Not At Stake For Window Cleaning!

Window Washing Eureka CA

Window cleaning or window washing is the external sanitation of the constructed building appropriated for lighting, decoration, or left just as a structure. This work can be undertaken manually or through equipment easing the cleaning process in reaching the structure.  In modern times it is automation based.

As buildings became taller, the windows require cleaning advanced further — the trade of window cleaning matured in the 19th-century end when skyscrapers made an appearance. The danger involved in cleaning the tall windows became substantial. At the onset the worker stationed himself on the window ledge getting support from the window ledge and frame. The next stage introduced safety belts joined to anchor bolts. Scaffolds were the next to be introduced. 

The possible danger in window cleaning is many. However, deaths are uncommon. The chances of accidents occurring intimidate the workers. If this happens, most falls are not fatal. Statistics show that the fall death rate is negligible.

Our credentials of work

We are full of self-regard about our work output. We are very approachable, cautious, and sensible and do not annoy neighbourhood residents. We extend professional high-rise window cleaning Sydneyfrontage window cleaning the best in the vicinity. Our gamut of work above your cleaning work. We communicate with each external building concern we see during cleaning.

All our employees possess

  • the relevant license
  • white card
  • security at height ticket
  • first aid certificate

We are the most accredited high-rise window cleaners. We are also certified for manufacturer accreditation to authorize and induct any height protection system on any structure.

Our meticulous and heedful team has relevant, impressive work experience in the industry. They have expanded their knowledge continually and are up to date about the immediate government legislation, industry code, and security training. All jobs are guarded, evaluated, and determined through safe work method practices. We possess total accident service and are capped by a public liability insurance policy.

Equipment approach to work

High rise windows are not reachable, and discretion must be applied along with functionality in the choice of the equipment used. At times a combination of equipment comes into play. We have the following accompaniments with us.

  • Ladders
  • Supported scaffolding-it is a provisional platform where the worker can station himself. It has the foundation below and is not suspended equipment.
  • Suspended platform or bassinet- This structure is not settled below but is suspended through wire rope from overhead. It lifts or lowers the worker on demand. It is hand and motor operated.
  • Aerial work surface-It is raised up a platform where the worker can stand and work. It resembles a lift. We also have boatswain’s chair comfortable for a single individual. It is controlled by rope management.
  • Suspended platform-It can accommodate many workers and is motor operated

Our latest equipment makes cleaning work easy.

Our maintenance services

The maintenance services include the following:

  • Glass restoration – It is done to remove deposits and stains. The discoloured and stained windows begin to sparkle.  We clean chemical damages caused by acid rains, glass oxidation, hard water stain, and so on.
  • Blemish remover – We use modern technology for competent scratch removal as well as glass polishing.  Our cleaned windows gleam from both sides.
  • Pressure washing and soft washing – It gives wonderful results and is a lot in demand.

Rope access window cleaningor abseilingis doubtless the oldest cost-effective eco-friendly and efficient method of cleaning. There is the flexibility of postponement of work. Through this method, the workers arrive at the most complicated site on the structure.

A back-line keeps the worker safe and gives safety from fall. The damage to property is minimum, and it is an eco-friendly method. The accident rate is minimum. However, accurate planning and registered danger assessment are done for each such work undertaken. d))),e.ax

Cat Owners – Flea Season Is Coming Around

Fleas and Cats

For cat owners, as we come toward the back end of spring and into May it is worthwhile remembering that we are entering “Flea” season. As temperatures climb after winter, fleas and other such parasites become a real issue. We have to be careful to take precautions to make sure our pets and houses don’t get invaded by these dirty little invaders.

The season starts in May and runs through till September by which point frosty temperatures kill off fleas and end their life cycle. In the meantime our pets are usually spending more time outdoors in the better weather and are liable to accidentally pick up these parasites from long grass, hedges and from contact with other cats and dogs.

To reduce the risks of your cat or dog picking up fleas, now is the time to get a medicated collar on your pet or start administering drops  – even if your animal hasn’t shown any signs of a infestation. If you prefer to use natural ingredients to treat cat fleas you could follow some of the tips given at Kittyinsight.com. If your pet is unlucky enough to pick up fleas then be very wary. If you pet spends time in your house and has a flea issue it won’t be long before the whole house is at risk and the problem becomes very difficult to resolve.  

Here are some simple precautions you can take around the house to minimise the chances of suffering a infestation and to reduce the duration of the problem if it arises:

  1. Regular Vacuuming

The number one precaution you can take is to regularly vacuum your home and then empty the vacuum contents a distance away from your home – preferably as far as possible.

Ideally you need to be vacuuming every three days at a minimum. The aim of this is to pick up any fleas brought in by your pet and get them out of the house as soon as possible.

Fleas have a real short breeding cycle so it does not take long for any fleas on your pet to lay eggs. You want these eggs gone. Any that might fall off your pet need removal before hatching, if possible. More vacuuming is better than less if your pet shows signs of flea activity and spends time indoors.

Dispose of the contents of the vacuum away from areas your pet might move through so as to avoid picking up the fleas and bringing them back in – hence get rid of the contents as far from your property as you can.

  1. Wash Pet Bedding

If you pet has a bed you need to pay particular attention to that item of bedding and it’s immediate surrounds as this is where most fleas and eggs are going to initially end up.

You want to wash pet bedding with a good strong soap in a machine if possible. The fleas don’t like water and will try to escape the water if you soak the bedding in a tub. If you stick bedding in a machine the fleas and eggs will be washed down the drains. Fleas don’t necessarily drown straight off – they can survive for hours submerged. If they come round in the sewer that is better than coming around on your property.

  1. Setting Flea Traps Using Dish Soap

Sounds like an old wives tale, right? Flea traps? These things actually work! Here is the skinny – fleas are attracted to light so you hang a light bulb or place a desk lamp at a spot and then under the light you place a shallow bowl filled with water and a bit of dish soap. The fleas come to investigate the light source and jump into the water. Only this time the water has soap in it that reduces surface tension so the fleas sink on landing and become engulfed in the water. At this stage the flea goes into a type of catatonic survival mode and looks dead – but fleas can survive underwater for hours! In the morning you need to flush them fleas down the drain so when they come to they are relocated well away from your place!

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  1. Consider Getting Carpets and Soft Furnishings Professionally Cleaned

So you have identified a potential problem and taken action by treating your animal and getting the house treated with a fogger, what next? Get the place professionally cleaned to make sure any flea eggs are removed – as well as all the other benefits of having your carpets cleaned like removing toxins, molds, etc.

Once you know you pet is clear of infestation nd you have removed the majority of fleas that might be in your home by vacuum, washing, traps and fogger then give it the once over by a professional carpet cleaner to remove the risk of infestation caused by the odd flea egg or surviving larvae.

If you follow these basic tips hopefully your summer won’t become a battle to free your house of these dirty parasites!

Benefits Of Waterproof Spray Impacts All Areas Of Life

A person is always judged by his appearance that is his clothes and shoes. As correctly said, the first impression is the last impression. A person should always be conscious of his outer look. The clothes and the appearance communicate volumes about an individual. Subconsciously it has a strong impact on an individual’s mind that is the person who wears it and the person who see it. It is irrespective of the fashion being carried on; the dressing has to be apt. It raises the confidence level of a person to a newer level making that person feel self-empowered.

The apt dressing can be defined as clothes proper ironed and preserved. The quality of the cloth defines its outlook. To make appear the clothing perfect, use of waterproof spray for clothesis a very accountable option. The waterproof spray for clothes work wonders in maintaining the quality and durability of clothes, jackets etc.

Why use Water-repellent spray?

The waterproof spray alongside clothes is applied to sofa, furniture, glass, car, shoes etc. This helps make fabric and object water-resilient, stain free, grease free. The waterproof spray assists in protecting the fabric as well as other materials in all season. In a country like Australia, where weather is uncertain, wearing clothes that are covered with waterproof spray works as a shield in protecting the body against all odds.  The waterproof fabric contains the durable water repellent coating which keeps the fabric free from dirt, oil, sweat etc. It helps to increase the life-span of a fabric making the outfit durable for longer wear.

There Australia based companies which manufacture the spray which is natural, non-toxic and harmless to human health. This spray helps window look salt-free, stain free and away from dirt particles. 

A person who is a travel freak, mostly involved in tracking, hiking, camping, adventure sports, water sports etc. applying waterproof spray on the clothes, jackets, bag packs, makes him tension free irrespective of the weather being faced.

Types of waterproof spray

Unlike any other products, waterproof spray also has several types. The customer needs to select best amongst all after the appropriate research and review. The spray used for car makes it appear highly polished and shiny. The basic purpose of applying waterproof spray is to prevent it from scratch, pollution, dirt etc. NANODIAMOND is one such product which is specifically designed for paint protection.

It has specially designed products for glass coating protection. This provides a ceramic coating around glass surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen as well as steel and plastic. There are various water-repellent sprays; some of them are 303 Fabric Guard, Star Brite Waterproofing Spray with PTEF, Nikwax TX Direct Spray-On, and NANODIAMOND etc.

Services provided

There are companies that provide coating services with waterproof spray. These companies provide coating services for cars, sofa, furniture, window glass, wall, kitchen etc. The applicators visiting from the company are well-trained professionals. They are well versed with the standards and outlook to be maintained. The companies provide varied services like:

  • High-quality Ceramic coating
  • Shiny clear finish
  • Self-Cleaning
  • Anti-Graffiti
  • Scratch resistance coating
  • 10 years warranty with Permanent Protection coating
  • 100% Environment-friendly
  • Colour protection from UV rays
  • Protection from Chemical
  • Highly protective in extreme weather
  • Temperature resistant

The companies in Australia provide employment opportunities to the youth of the country to join as approved applicators. A person joining the company is provided an apt training and a certificate of the approved applicator. There are financial rewards and incentives that withhold the person, motivating him to work towards the expected goal.

Top 5 easy ways to keep your home clean

Kitchen Cleaning Eureka CA

Oh boy! Where do I start? Isn’t this a question we ask ourselves when we plan to clean our house? Even though cleaning is a chore that leaves us exhausted, it can be less tedious. These are a few tips to keep your house clean with diligence.  

Making the bed

As soon as we wake up, the first thing we do is to rush to get ready for work or get our kids ready for school. I would say begin with your bedroom. When you wake up, make your bed before you leave the bedroom. You will be happy to come back to an already made bed at the end of the day. If your children are old enough, this will be a wonderful habit to develop. Teach them and put this into practice to make their bed every morning before they leave their bedroom.

Clearing the mess in Kitchen

The kitchen gets easily dirty and unorganized. Apply clean as you go plan for the kitchen. When you drop something on the kitchen counter or stove, clean it right away before it gets dried up. Keep the kitchen counter clear from clutter by keeping things back in place. Do not leave containers, spoons, knives, or kitchen towels on the counter; place it back where it belongs. This way it is easy to de-clutter, and you will always have a less messy kitchen. Do not leave utensils in the sink. If you don’t have time to clean them right away, pour water on the dishes so that they don’t dry up. If you have a dishwasher, arrange the dishes in a dishwasher. After your dinner, turn the dishwasher ON or wash the dishes. Finally, don’t forget to wipe the kitchen counters and cabinets, and mop the kitchen floor before you switch off the kitchen lights.  Having a good vacuum cleaner too helps when you want to make sure that your house is clean.

Place things where they belong

Always have a definite place for each item in the house. Newspapers should be in the newspaper rack, pen and pencil should be in the pen holder, shoes should be in the shoe rack, T.V and music system remotes should be in the remote stand, and so on. After using each item, ensure they are back in place. This rule should be applicable to all family members. There will be less clutter, and your house will look organized. Also, if everything is kept in its place, you don’t have to waste time placing things back in place. You only have to wipe away the dust that settles on these things.

Bathroom

Place toiletries in one place after daily use. Daily clean the toilet seat and wash basin for hygiene reasons. Do not let water collect on your bathroom floor. Ensure that you leave the bathroom floor to dry while leaving the house. For working women and men, it is not possible to clean the entire bathroom every day. However, you can ensure a few basic things like your mirror, toilet seat, and wash basin are clean and the toiletries and essentials are set in place every day.

Laundry

Doing your laundry depends on how many members you have in your house and how many clothes get accumulated in a day. If you have a small family with just 2-3 members, you can wash once in 2 or 3 days. However, if you have a big family then put your clothes in the washing machine every day. Make it a habit for all your family members to place their dirty laundry in the laundry bag or hamper. This way you don’t have to go into each room to collect the laundry. Keep the laundry bag near the washing machine.

These are few things that you can do every day to keep your house clean. It doesn’t have to be a once in a week chore. The once in a week cleaning chore will get more easy if these things are followed every day. Happy Cleaning!

What’s the Best Stainless Steel Gauge for a Kitchen Sink?

Before & After Double Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

16 gauge? 20 gauge? 24 gauge? What does it mean? Which one’s the best stainless steel gauge thickness for my new kitchen sink? These are some of the questions you might have when choosing your next stainless steel kitchen sink. There are so many brands and styles from each manufacturer, and you want to make sure you make an informed choice. This article will focus on helping you decide on the thickness (gauge) of metal to shop for and to make the best choice for your situation.

  • THE SHEET OF STAINLESS STEEL THAT IS USED DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS IS ROLLED TO A SPECIFIC THICKNESS. SHEET METAL IS AVAILABLE AS FLAT PIECES OR AS A COILED STRIP. THE COILS ARE FORMED BY RUNNING A CONTINUOUS SHEET OF METAL THROUGH A ROLL SLITTER. THE THICKNESS OF THE SHEET METAL IS CALLED ITS GAUGE. THE GAUGE OF SHEET METAL RANGES FROM 30 GAUGE TO ABOUT 8
  • MOST STAINLESS STEEL SINKS ARE MANUFACTURED USING A PROCESS CALLED DEEP DRAW FORMING WHERE A SHEET OF METAL IS DRAWN DOWN INTO A FORM THROUGH A SERIES OF STEPS CALLED REDUCTIONS. EACH REDUCTION STRETCHES THE SHEET METAL DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO THE FORM, SO WHAT STARTED OUT AS AN 18 GAUGE SHEET OF METAL WILL NOT END UP BEING 18 GAUGE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE FINISHED PRODUCT. THE INDUSTRY STANDARD IS TO STATE THE GAUGE OF THE METAL THAT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS STARTED WITH.
  • ZERO RADIUS SINKS ARE MANUFACTURED USING A PROCESS CALLED PRESS BRAKE FORMING WHERE THE SHEET METAL IS BENT INTO THE MAIN SINK SHAPE UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE BY A MACHINE. THE SIDES ARE THEN ADDED AND WELDED TO THE MAIN ASSEMBLY, FORMING A BOX SHAPED SINK BASIN. ZERO RADIUS SINKS ARE IDENTIFIABLE BY THEIR FLAT SIDES AND UNIQUE 90 DEGREE OR NEAR 90 DEGREE CORNERS. SINCE THESE SINKS ARE BENT INTO SHAPE INSTEAD OF DRAWN, THEY RETAIN A MORE UNIFORM THICKNESS THROUGHOUT THE FINISHED PRODUCT. 

The following table shows the actual thickness for popular gauges of kitchen sinks, as well as its density and % decrease in thickness compared to 16 stainless steel gauge, which is typically the heaviest gauge used for stainless steel kitchen sinks.

Gauge Decimal Inch Millimeters lb/ft2 % Decrease in Thickness Over 16 Gauge
16 0.0625″ 1.5875 2.52
18 0.05″ 1.27 2.016 20%
20 0.0375″ 0.9525 1.512 40%
22 0.0312″ 0.7925 1.26 50%
24 0.0250″ 0.635 1.08 60%

Stainless steels are iron alloys with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. Other alloying elements are added to enhance their structure and properties such as formability, strength and cryogenic toughness. These include metals such as:

  • Nickel
  • Molybdenum
  • Titanium
  • Copper

After a review of a large sample of key players in the kitchen sink market, including Blanco, Kraus and Houzer, the most common stainless steel alloy used in the manufacture of stainless steel kitchen sinks is 304 surgical grade stainless steel.  The main elements added to the iron in 304 stainless steel are 17.5-20% Chromium (Cr) and 8-11% Nickel (Ni).  Most sink manufacturers seem to choose 18% chromium and 10% nickel. With the rising costs of ferrochrome (used to make chromium) and shortages of nickel, one of the ways manufacturers control costs of kitchen sinks is to decrease the amount of material used.

Double Sink

So what should I look for in choosing a kitchen sink?

When shopping for a stainless steel kitchen sink, the number one thing to remember when assessing the thickness is: “The lower the number, the better.” Simply put, a lower gauge like 16 gauge is in most cases “superior” to a 24 gauge sink because it is thicker. How much thinner is a 24 gauge sink compared to a 16 gauge? Its only 40% as thick. A manufacturer can make a really cheap 22 or 24 stainless steel gauge sink because they are using 50-60% less material. Thinner sinks like this are usually seen as topmount or self-rimming and are easily found in big box stores, or maybe in your brand new home as a “contractor’s sink”.

So why is thicker (lower gauge) better?

A lower gauge (thicker) sink is better for the following reasons:

  • Improved noise dampening
  • Less susceptibility to denting and bowing
  • Strength and durability

It is generally agreed by sink experts that a heavier gauge can help prevent denting and bowing, and will also contribute to noise reduction from garbage disposals and items dropped or placed into the sink. Many sink manufacturers incorporate a sound proofing and insulation on the underside of the sink with coatings and/or pads. This will definitely help to make the sink quieter, but a thicker steel sink will have much better damping characteristics due to its mass.

What happens when you accidentally drop the pointy end of a butcher knife into the kitchen sink? Hopefully, nothing! A thicker kitchen sink will be less prone to dent and because it is stronger, it could make the difference between piercing the sheet metal, and not.

A thicker walled kitchen sink (lower stainless steel gauge) will bow less when you suddenly drain the water from a pot on the stove because the sheet metal is stiffer and will be more able to resist thermal expansion and movement.There is also less tendency for that Pop! sound when the boiling water hits the bottom of the sink.

Does a thicker (lower gauge) mean a better quality kitchen sink?

No, not necessarily. There is inherent better quality in the noise damping and structural integrity of the sink, however there are many other features which are probably more important in assessing the quality of a sink like finish, straightness and consistency.

Is thicker always better?

Not necessarily for the sink manufacturer, since it is more difficult to “deep draw”, or craft from a single sheet, and to reduce welding marks on zero radius sinks. Depending on the complexity of the sink shape and its method of manufacture, optimal gauge thickness of 16 or 18 gauge will be used to balance cost with ease of manufacture and marketing.

So what stainless steel gauge should I buy?

The maximum gauge I would recommend for any stainless steel kitchen sink is 18 gauge. The best choice is of course 16 gauge, however either 16 or 18 gauge will provide the same top value in terms of cost, performance and overall satisfaction. Don’t bother with higher gauges (20, 22, 24) which are significantly thinner. My extensive market analysis shows there is no truth to the myth that the lowest gauge sinks are the most expensive – 16 and 18 gauge sinks are similarly priced.

18 Gauge vs 16 Gauge Sink?

If you had the choice between two identical sinks (16 and 18 gauge) at similar prices, don’t hesitate in getting the 16 gauge sink. Why? A 16 gauge sink is 0.0625″ thick, while an 18 gauge sink is 0.05″ thick, which is only 20% less. There is no noticeable difference between the two gauges, however at the same price range, 16 gauge is “better” (thicker is better!).

If you had two identical sinks, one 16 gauge and the other 18 gauge, but the 16 gauge sink was much more expensive, I would recommend the 18 stainless steel gauge sink, because of the incremental benefits.

Conclusion

In summary, just remember a lower numbered stainless steel gauge is better   (thicker is better). The best gauge for stainless steel sinks is 16 gauge if available and the price range is acceptable, however don’t exclude 18 gauge sinks from your selections – either one is great value! The stainless steel kitchen sink is used many times a day and in so many ways. Paying attention to the non-functional requirements as well as the functional requirements will provide many years of satisfaction and pride. Every kitchen deserves a great sink.

The Post Christmas Clean Up – Thomas Cleaning Services Guest Post


Once Christmas has been and gone and you’re left withthe dreaded aftermath of taking down the tree and decorations, it is also thebest time to organise a post Christmas clean up! From clever storage solutionsto recycling opportunities; this article by Thomas Cleaning breaks down a simple post Christmas cleaningroutine for you to easily complete in time for the New Year.  

Motivate yourself

First things first, you need to actually find the motivation to have a good sort out and clean. What better way to do this than by putting on an inspiring playlist? You can also get help from family members by creating to-do lists and to make things a little more exciting – put a timer on for each task and see who can get their jobs finished first.

Another great tip to bear in mind before you take all of the decorations down is to take a picture of the layout so that you can easily recreate the look the following year.  

Recycle and Donate

Christmas offers the perfect opportunity to recycle unwanted items not only so you have more space, but also to help others in need. As you may have received many new presents, aim to donate one old item for every new item you have received, to a local charity. This way you’re not only making room for your new gifts, but you’re also giving away your old ones to a worthy cause.  

If you have a real Christmas tree don’t worry about having to dispose of it yourself, many places offer a free tree collection if you have purchased the tree from them, saving you time, hassle and stress! You can also recycle your tree for composting, be sure to check local garden centres and websites.

Fridges are often full to the brim over the festive period, so when it comes to having a good clear out, ensure you get rid of any items you are unlikely to use and give them to someone in need. You could donate a food parcel to a homeless person or a food bank meaning it won’t go to waste.

Choose Clever Storage Solutions

Finding a suitable place to store your Christmas decorations can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you’re particularly limited on space, however little tips and tricks can certainly help. Use multifunctional items that can double up as storage such as suitcases that you rarely use, and store these under your bed with decorations in.

Also keep any gift bags and tissue paper using them to store baubles in until you can reuse the bags the following year. Another great idea is to keep shoeboxes and gift boxes from any presents you have received, and use them as extra storage instead of throwing them out.

Get the Place Gleaming!

Last but not least, you need to give everywhere a good clean; here are some key things to focus on:

  • Like most ovens at Christmas, yours will probably be well overdue a clean. Make sure to take all baking trays and shelving out so you can give it a thorough scrub removing any grease and grime
  • Get rid of any Christmas scented candles or air fresheners and replace them with clean, fresh scents
  • Wave goodbye to the Christmas-themed bedding and put some fresh sheets on
  • Make sure to hoover and then hoover again! Decorations gather a lot of dust (and glitter)
  • Take the sofa apart and hoover everywhere, pop the cushion covers in the wash and then replace
  • Move all furniture to clean under it – you’ll be surprised what you may find hiding behind cupboards after Christmas!
  • Tackle any tough Christmas stains on clothing or furniture immediately

Author Bio: Thomas Cleaning are a domestic and commercial cleaning company with over 26 years of experience, based in Chipping Norton. They offer a range of highly professional cleaning services catering to offices, schools, surgeries, personal homes and more.