Duraceramic is a fake stone - find it at your flooring store. You can
have it installed with no grout (abut the tiles together) which is
definitely the way to go, IMO. The installers put a sealer on top,
and it never has to be re-sealed. I have it in my small foyer, but
it was too hard and too expensive for the kitchen, so I have vinyl in
the kitchen (what we used to call "inlaid linoleum.")
Usually not the best primary reason. Those who do so sometimes deprive
themselves of superior products at a lower prices with self-defeating
Adam Smith offered the following example: Italy makes great cheese and
mediocre wine. France makes great wine and indifferent cheese. Suppose the
Italians resolve to drink only local wine and the French decide to eat only
Frog cheese. Each country ends up with dissatisfied consumers, economic
stasis, and no wealth being created.
I think everone should buy as local as possible: Everything you use and
consume should originate on your own personal real estate, much like in the
Myself, I make great computer parts from garden waste, and very durable
shoes from our dog that died. You wanna buy those things? Sorry, I only
/sell/ local as well, so the wife and kids are my only market; they're not
allowed off-property in case they buy something from the neighbors.
Well...fortunately I live in a great area that has just about
everything I need....and want. Yes, I can get good wines, great cheese
and other great products. I just like the idea of supporting my home
town and not giving my dollars to someplace else. Of course, if you
look long enough you will always find someone, someplace selling
something cheaper than the next guy but I really don't care.
We had a contractor finish the last kitchen remodel, he put a new
double sink in. It as well kept staining, finally afterthree sinks he
got a sink from crane and put it in, hasn't stained yet and that was
Seems there is quite a number of knockoffs from overseas on the
market, possibly what you picked up.
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Because cheap "stainless steel" can rust. More specifically, it's
probably not stainless, or they didn't put enough chromium in the steel
to stop it from rusting. Guess what kind of quality steel you got from
your made in china saucepans? And is it "stainless" or "stainless steel"?
I have a nice aluminum spatula that was marked as stainless steel on the
label, but on the spatula itself it simply says "stainless". Surprise
surprise, it's not steel at all, but an aluminum alloy.
Your old sink was made out of a better quality and thicker material.
Not only will the new sink stain, it will also dent very easily. Have
you noticed that the faucet seems to be flimsier than before? If you
shake the faucet a bit you will probably see the sink metal around it
I'm sure if you looked around a bit you will find something in the
commercial sector that would be comparable to your old sink, but I'll
bet you will run like hell when you see the price.
Bottom line, we get what we pay for, and in reality by continuing to
accept lower quality for lower prices we deserve all the crap that
gets dumped on us.
...plus most sinks today come with three holes - one for the faucet,
one for the spray and one for a soap dispenser - if you'd gotten one
with the soap dispenser, you'd have no problem with stains from a
stand-alone soap container.
Ours has a brushed finish as opposed to a bright finish. My wife
became very frustrated trying to remove a stain. I was able to clean
it in just a minute with Bon Ami and scrubbing it with the "grain"
instead of across it.
shiny steel doesn't stay shiny for very long. it scratches and then they get
complaints. the brushed finish hides scratches for the most part, and it's
easy to remove scratches by adding covering scratches. it's impossible for
customers to get scratches out of polished steel without a lot of
I have "shiny" steel cookware, and it looks much better than the brushed
stuff. They are sadly mistaken if they think a brushed finish makes it
look better longer - it stains worse and shows scratches that don't go
with the grain of the brushing. Lesson learned for me - avoid anything
that has a brushed finish :(
Stainless steel means no worry about rust. Quality varies (was this
Made in China?) I use Barkeeper's Friend for tougher staining
issues, this product is mildly abrasive. Brasso will make a SS
sink/faucet sparkle. I wouldn't use either of these products on a new
sink however I think you would want to return it for an upgrade. Come
on, call Kohler Customer Support, politely tell them the sink stained
and you are not satisfied with the product. Ever consider a built-in
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