Installing a new kitchen sink often involves dealing with a protective plastic film, designed to keep the sink in pristine condition until it's fully installed and ready to use. This blog will guide you through the reasons for this protective layer, the ideal time to remove it, and address some common questions.
What is Protective Plastic Film?
Protective plastic film is a thin, transparent layer applied to many stainless steel kitchen sinks. Its primary purpose is to protect the skin's surface from scratches, dings, or any form of damage that could occur during shipping and installation. This film is usually made from a durable, plastic-based material that adheres to the stainless steel without leaving residue.
Why Do Stainless Steel Sinks Have a Protective Film Layer?
- Damage During Shipping
During transit, kitchen sinks can be jostled or come into contact with other objects. The protective film acts as a barrier, safeguarding the stainless steel surface from scratches or dents that can happen during this process.
- Damage During Installation
Installation can be a rigorous process. Tools, hardware, and even the installation process itself can pose risks to the sink's surface. The protective film ensures that the sink remains unscathed until it's fully installed.
Perfect Time to Remove Protective Film from Sink
The ideal time to remove the protective film is after the sink's installation is complete. This ensures maximum protection throughout the entire process. Removing the film too early can expose the sink to potential damage.
What is the easiest way to remove sink protective film?
To remove the film easily, start by finding a corner or edge of the film. Gently lift it and slowly peel it away at an angle. If the film is stubborn, a hair dryer can be used to gently warm the film, making it easier to peel off.
How long does sink protective film last?
Typically, the protective film is designed to last through the shipping and installation process. However, it's not meant for long-term use and should be removed once installation is complete to avoid any residue build-up or discoloration.
What are the materials used in sink protective film?
The film is generally made from a type of plastic, such as polyethylene, which is lightweight yet durable enough to protect against scratches and minor impacts.
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Protective plastic film on kitchen sinks is an essential component in ensuring your sink reaches you in perfect condition. Understanding its purpose and knowing when and how to remove it can make your LIPKA kitchen sink installation process smoother and more efficient. Remember to remove the film after installation to enjoy the pristine look of your new stainless steel sink.