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Thread: Anyone have an integrated sink in their countertop?

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    Anyone have an integrated sink in their countertop?

    I am considering getting a corian countertop with an integrated sink, but have never had one before and am a little leery. Do they chip easily? Do they stain easily? HELP!!

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    You won't be sorry

    It's all I've had for years. Here is my synopsis:

    1. They don't chip easily, though they CAN chip. IF that happens, they can be repaired.
    2. They don't stain easily, though I keep my house very clean and scour them with liquid cleanser every week.
    3. They are much easier to keep looking nice b/c they don't have that old fashioned chrome ring that gets gunky.
    4. They are warmer than tile or laminate so nicer to use on a cold morning.

    I see it like a smooth glass cook-top on your stove - once you have one, you will never go back to the other kind. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.
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    We've had our Corian counters with integral sink for almost a year, and I love both the counter and the sink. So far no chips, no stains. I also love that there's no line between the counter and the sink to collect 'crud'.

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    I've had my kitchen for several years, and I wish we would have kept the stainless steel sink. coffee and tea stain the sink. It seems like I am cleaning it all the time! And if I have red beets to can, forget it. Get the bleach out. I'm also not all that hepped up about the flat surface stove top. If you don't cook, it doesn't get dirty. That takes a special cleaner, too. When everything is all put away and surfaces cleaned, I love my kitchen.

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    I've had quartz counter tops with the integrated sink for over year now and love them--no crud collection in seams and easy to clean with the liquid cleansers if any stains from tea, coffee, or cola not getting rinsed down the drain. Have had a smooth top stove since they first came out and would never go back to the old kind--and I do a lot of cooking so it does get used a lot.

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    Thank you for your input. I feel much better about this decision now.

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    My friend has what you describe and she left her tea kettle on too long and it boiled dry and started on fire. Yikes! She grabbed it and dropped it into her sink & put out the fire. However, the heat ruined her drain and scorched several spots in the sink. Unrepairable. I advise if putting in this counter & sink get a teapot with a whistle.

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    I opted for the integrated sink and "coved" (seamless) backspash for my Corian (the REAL thing, not the knockoff brands) when I had my kitchen redone about 8 years ago and am totally satisfied. Keeping the countertops and sink clean are a cinch. I use Bon Ami cleanser in the sink and occasionally follow up with a weak bleach solution. I'm careful with my stuff so I can't imagine having a problem with chips. Even though I watched a demonstration showing that you can set hot pans on Corian, I never do -- I'm sure my Mom would come down from heaven amid bolts of lightning if I didn't use hotpads!

    My sink is the one that is "regular" depth on one side and about 11 in. wide (still fine for most plates) and is very deep and wide on the other side. My dish drainer "lives" in the deep side most of the time but it is great to have for big soup pots and for wrestling with those monster turkeys and roasting pans at Thanksgiving (the roasting pan sits right down in that side for cleanup). It's something to consider as an alternative to a "regular" sink.

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    We just had an integrated sink installed in November and love it. The installer did tell us that you should run cold water in the sink whenever you drain the hot water from pasta, etc. If you don't, eventually you could have hairline cracks (like crazing in old china). The stains are easy to remove with Bon Ami (a non scratching cleanser). It looks as good as new.

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    LOL. Sorry to laugh at your friend's problems, but you tell a funny story! Love your punch-line, too. Call me weird.
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    I've never had an integrated sink but my sister talked me into a glass stovetop (I always had gas). I would never go back to any other stove then glass top.

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    Always had formica, sorta, kinda, knew better than to cut on, but always did. Don't understand the sink either, mine was always full of dishes. So, in saying this, if this is your drama, I hope somebody here will help you, I am sure they will.

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    Quiltedcritterlady,

    Thanks for the input. I have been considering Corian. It is good to hear from someone who has it.

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    I've had one since we bought the house 12 years ago. It hasn't chipped but it stains something awful. I can't seem to ever get all the stains out without bleaching the heck out of it.

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    i have one and really like it. i freeze/can lots from the garden & likewise have to be careful and not pour hot water directly into the sink. always have to run a partial sink of cold water. easy to clean with a teflon backed sponge and/or a little bleach water.

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    I actually clean my flat surface stove with baking soda & water (Make it into a paste.) I rinse it off good and then use a towel to polish it up .I love mine I won't go back .

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    We have one in the kitchen and two double vanities in the bathrooms - we love them. No crud to build up around the sink. As for cleaning - I sing the praises of Bar Keeper's Friend cleanser - to anyone who will listen. BEST, BEST, BEST cleanser on the market and I have white Corian sinks. Yes, works even on cooked beets.

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