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“All together now…!” – A journey through your kitchen essentials



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So let me set the scene, you woke up one morning and thought to yourself “I want to redo the kitchen”. It’s an exciting and rewarding project…until you start shopping.

There is so much choice, where do you even start? How do you know what options are right for you and your home? Are you getting value for money? The questions just go on and on and on. Suddenly that exciting project seems like an overwhelming challenge.

Well, we have got you covered and most importantly we want you to enjoy putting your dream kitchen together as much as you will enjoy cooking and spending time in it for years to come.

So what are you waiting for, hop aboard the SS Taps UK for a smooth cruise through some of our key products and expert advice that will ensure you make the best decisions and create that dream kitchen you set out that morning to build…all aboard and anchors away.

Avoid that sinking feeling

Our first destination is the Sea of Sinks. They are many choices when it comes to sinks and it is important to know what options are available and more importantly which option is right for you.

Ceramic sinks are an extremely popular choice due to their sleek, classic appearance giving them a timeless feel. Ceramic sinks tick all the boxes in terms of appearance and if cared for correctly can last a long time and continue to look flawless.

They are more on the delicate side and are subject to cracks and chips under high impact from heavy objects so this may be something to bear in mind when considering this option. To see a prime example of a beautiful ceramic sink I would recommend reading our blog on the Astini Rustique 150, one of our most popular sinks seen on the right.

In addition to ceramic, we have Granite sinks which are also a top choice for many people. Granite sinks are a popular option due to their durability and ability to withstand high temperatures and their resistance to everyday bumps and knocks common in the busiest of kitchens.

They often come in a choice of colours such as black, grey, white, and cream. Due to the way the material is made up they have a slightly speckled effect with tiny hints of other colours throughout.

They can be subject to staining if not cleaned carefully and regularly but with the right products, care and attention they will stand the test of time. With granites, you have a range of superb brands to choose from such as Franke, Blanco, and Schock to name a few. Schock, in particular, is a very popular brand for granite sinks and you can click here to find out more Schock Granite Sinks.

You may also like the sound of a Belfast or Butler sink. If you are looking for a simple yet elegant and highly practical sink then this is definitely the sink for you. The design is minimalist, yet they boast a deepness that makes washing up large objects a breeze, and with double Belfast sinks available also then it has all of your washing up needs covered.

With a range of popular brands such as Rangemaster, Villeroy and Boch, Reginox, and Shaws offering a plethora of options you will not be short of choice. Shaws for example is a leading brand in this field so feel free to read up on their Shaws Classic Butler to give you precise insight into what they can offer.

A “hole” lot of questions

Now that we have explored the sea of sinks it is now time to set sail across what can sometimes be viewed as choppy waters when you do not want to risk falling overboard and that is the knocking out of a tap hole.

Just the subject alone may fill you with dread and make you feel seasick but rest assured we are here to through you a life jacket.

We do always recommend that if it is something you are not comfortable doing then you should utilise Taps UK’s Tap Hole Service, we have standard and express services available whereby our experienced fitters take the helm and guide your sink to safety

If however, you wish to take on the role of captain on this one we have a step-by-step guide on how to knock a tap hole in a ceramic or granite sink which covers equipment required along with best practices and techniques, etc. And just to keep this ship balanced and afloat we also have featured on How not to knock out a tap hole which goes through some common mishaps that we hear about.

We recommend that you give this a look over as we do not want you to be stranded on that desert island with nothing but a damaged sink for company.

Time for a cuppa

Ok so you have now navigated your way through what can be the turbulent waters of choosing and sink and make sure it is ready for the all-important tap to come aboard….you have earned yourself a cuppa.

Why not make life even more smooth sailing and choose a Kettle Tap, think about it no more waiting for the kettle to boil at the end of a busy day you can be sipping that warm comforting cuppa in no time at all, leaving more time for you….yes, YOU!

If I haven’t convinced you yet kettle taps have a number of benefits including energy efficiency as you only use the exact amount of hot water that you need so you will be doing your bit for your pocket and the planet, it’s a win-win situation.

And don’t worry we are very safety conscious here aboard SS Taps UK, the thought of boiling water in a tap may seem daunting especially if you have youngsters in the house but worry not, kettle taps have a number of built-in safety features to keep them from being turned on accidentally.

For more information on these amazing taps feel free to take a detour to this feature Should I get a Kettle Tap in my Kitchen? which goes into more detail.

Excursions galore

I hope you are enjoying your time aboard SS Taps UK, we have seen many sites so far but there is more to come.

We pride ourselves on offering choice and variety and when it comes to taps this is no exception.

The tap is not only a key feature within the kitchen but can also be a focal point therefore you want to make sure you get the one that’s right for you and that makes a statement within your stunning brand new kitchen.

Nowadays many brands offer a wide choice of colours and finishes as well as features, so your perfect tap is out there to be discovered. For further insight, I would recommend looking into ranges from The Tap Factory and Perrin and Rowe as there are prime examples of when it comes to a choice of taps the world is your oyster.

Looking the part

So one of the best parts of a luxury cruise is the evening entertainment and many of us like to scrub up and put our glad rags on so we can look and feel the part.

When it comes to your kitchen keeping it looking the part is key to preserving its beauty and ensuring it’s a space you are proud of and enjoy spending time in.

The trick to this is simply good housekeeping and knowing what products to use and just as important what products not to use.

As we enter the exotic waters of the cleaning aisle at the supermarket there can be a danger of being blown off course and selecting the wrong product which could very well end up having an unwanted effect on your beloved kitchen and leave you feeling seasick.

Do not panic however as we have your treasure map to help steer you in the right direction so you can keep your kitchen looking ship-shape. So off you go and remember X Marks the spot. Take a look at our blog on why specialist sink and tap cleaning products are worth it.

Wash it away

So you have just cleaned your kitchen with all the correct products and you stand back to admire the view. You then take a deep breath to breathe in the sea air and there it is….that annoying smell that has been bothering you all day.

The combination of the remains of last night’s delicious evening meal sitting in the bin and the warm weather has created a grey cloud that threatens the ambiance of your beautiful kitchen.

Let’s take a journey over the Insinkerator Island when you will find the answer to this pongy problem. Native to this location are the Waste Disposal Units which have an unlimited appetite for your food scraps. They will happily munch on this all day thereby keeping it out of your bin and keeping your kitchen smelling as fresh as it looks.

The waste disposal units can often be misunderstood creatures so feel free to get to know them better with this handy guide What is a kitchen Waste Disposal?

Where have you “Bin”?

Now we do not want to put the bin down too much as it does play a vital role within the kitchen ecosystem and more than ever hygiene is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

It is very important that within the kitchen we keep our hands as clean as possible so reaching for the dirty bin lid is not ideal but not to worry we have got the answer.

Auto sensor bins are a must in the kitchen as they will open and close with simply a wave of your hand across its sensor, it is quitter literal a case of “Open Sesame”

Available in a choice of colours and sizes we recommend welcoming the Inmotion aboard your kitchen and before long you will be wondering how you ever managed without it. For more information check out our blog Auto Sensor Bins: How they work and why you need one

A bid farewell

Well, folks, we have reached the end of our journey and we hope that you have enjoyed your cruise on board the SS Taps UK.

We have visited many places that will have equipped you with the information and confidence to set sail aboard your own vessel destined for your dream kitchen.

Feel free to drop-by any time as we are always adding exciting destinations to our inventory that will provide you with up-to-date information about products, and services and we also give our honest opinions on the latest trends and what is going on out there in the world of home improvement.

So from all of us here on board the SS Taps UK thank you for joining us on this voyage and we hope you have a safe journey home to your new kitchen.

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