Read our Glass Sink Care Guide for how to clean and maintain a glass sink, along with tips for installing your glass sink. A comprehensive installation guide for Glass Vessel Sinks can be found in the Articles section.
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Long-time glass sink creator and glass artist Suzanne Guttman provides us with some valuable tips on Glass sink care and maintenance. Suzanne has been making glass vessel sinks for 7 years. During the past 7 years she has created hundreds of hand blown sinks that can be found in homes all over the world. Suzanne is one of a dozen artists creating glass sinks for SinksGallery.com customers, but one of only two creating her beautiful sinks in the hot glass method.
Durability — Glass sinks are sturdy and most can withstand temperature changes of up to 70 degrees without breakage. However, users should avoid pouring scalding hot water (over 120 degrees) into a glass sink. The immediate temperature changes that result cause thermal shock and may cause the glass to crack or shatter. Once cracked, the entire glass sink would need to be replaced.
Virtually all professionally made glass sinks are resistant to small accident breakage, such as dropping a brush or plastic bottle into the basin. However, a heavy object can shatter a glass sink, just as it would a porcelain sink. A contractor should not install a glass sink where indoor temperatures are unregulated, because wide temperature variances can cause thermal shock and breakage.
Care — Glass sinks are tough enough to withstand everyday wear and remain as beautiful as the day they were purchased, when treated correctly. They require no more special treatment than a standard porcelain sink. When water spots occur, a solution of vinegar and water will dissolve the spots. Abrasive bathroom cleaners are not recommended.
Installation — We recommend you use a professional plumber to install these sinks. We have found that the most common cause of breakage is during installation. The drain on a glass vessel sink should only be hand-tightened.Specifications -- Be sure your artist has been creating glass sinks for a long time and offers a warranty. A proper annealing process and the correct glass are important considerations. Sinks must maintain consistency in thickness and they must not be flat on the bottom, so as to prevent creating a well and retaining water around the drain. They also must be drilled correctly with a bevelled edge which allows the drain to sit level with the glass.