Kitchen Sink Grid Guide: Measuring, Selecting, & Using Grids
You’ve just spent the time and effort to buff out your kitchen sink and you’ve restored it to that shiny and sexy finish that it started with.
You’re super proud of yourself and you’ve even patted yourself on the back, but it was a real pain.
So, how can you maintain it so you never have to bring out the power tools to the sink again?
How do you make sure it keeps its shine for as long as possible?
The answer is a sink grid.
A sink grid (or grate) is an insertable grid with legs that drops right into your sink. Its stand will prevent scratches from accumulating over time.
After all, as you may know, the better the material of the sink, the more susceptible it is to visible scratches. But your sink grid will protect your sink so it can put a smile on your face every time you finish washing the dishes (or at least it does for me).
Protection isn’t the only benefit of a sink grid. This versatile addition to your kitchen comes with a whole host of benefits.
Benefits of Kitchen Sink Grids
- Protects the finish of stainless steel. As stated, the nicer the sink, the more prone it is to visible scratches. But have no fear, Super Grid is here! Like a protective covering for your fancy countertops, a sink grid will ensure your sink stays looking new for as long as possible!
- Reduces noise of banging pots and pans. If you’re like me and you tend to make a truck-load of noise when doing the dishes, you may need a sink grid. Due to the flexibility of the steel grids, the noise level is spread out. The noise is actually even absorbed so that the actual decibel level you hear is significantly lower.
- Physical barrier. Nothing is worse than going to do the dishes and realizing all the oil and leftover food scraps have collected into a stew at the bottom of the sink. The stew peers at you as it clings on for dear life on all the other dishes, but your only reaction is probably “ew”. With a sink grid, it will act as a physical barrier between the tableware and whatever you decided to pour/dump into the sink. Whoo-hoo!
- Temporary rack. Do you just have one cup to wash? Flip it upside down on the grid and let it dry, but who says you have to stop at cups? You can use it for plates, bowls, and so much more. You can even use it to dry fruits and vegetables while you wash them clean.
Now that I undoubtedly have you convinced of the amazing-ness of a sink grid (can you tell that I love them?), you might have gone ahead to start searching for the perfect one for you.
But slow down there, tiger.
There are a couple of things you have to know before you start choosing the right sink grid for you.
How To Choose a Sink Grid
You typically don’t need more than one sink grid, so when you pick one out, make sure it’s the right one. Here are some things to consider.
- Grade of steel. The grade of steel that you use for your sink grid should be the same as the grade of steel that’s used for your sink. If you do some investigative work around the metal of the sink, you should see a 3-digit number followed by some code to indicate it is stainless steel. If you don’t see it, it may be on the underside, hidden from plain view, but when you find it, this number is the grade of your stainless steel.
- Make sure it fits. You can get a premade sink grid, but make sure that you double and triple-check all the measurements to ensure that it will fit. Our recommendation is to make a cardboard cutout of the sink grid you are to buy then place it in the sink to visually see the fit. You want to be sure that the space around all the edges and the sink are uniformed. You also want to ensure that the position of the drain opening on the sink grid lines up with your actual drain.
- Good welding. Inspect the weld-job before you buy it because you want the cleanest and smoothest welding on all the joints. The more jagged and bumpy the welding is, the more grime and gunk that can build up. This can make it much harder for you to clean.
- Rubber feet and bumpers. Make sure the feet that elevate the grid from the sink have little rubber boots on them so they don’t scratch the sink. Pro tip: black rubber hides the grim that’ll inevitably accumulate on the underside. Also, make sure that you get rubber bumpers around the edges so that the grid doesn’t scratch the sides of your sink while you’re vigorously doing the dishes.
- Grid width. If you have a large number of small things that you throw into the sink, make sure the spaces between the grates are small enough that you won’t have anything falling through. After all, you don’t want a fork to slip through.
- Optional: Coating. Some sink grids come with coated options and although it’s not mandatory, it’s nice to have. However, it is advised that you steer clear of a plastic coating as they tend to get worn down over time. They definitely won’t match up with the lifespan of a quality grade stainless steel, which can last a lifetime.
We’ve briefly touched upon the topic of premade versus custom-made sink grids. If you go down the custom route, you’re going to need accurate measurements of your sink.
Luckily for you, we have clearly listed out how to take measurements of your sink.
How To Measure For Your Sink Grid
First, ignore most of what the internet says. Wait! Before you close the tab, allow me to explain.
If you search “measure sink size”, the majority of your results will be for measuring the outer dimensions of the sink. This is for the purpose of installing your sink into your cabinet, so these measurements much larger than the actual size that you want.
So, to take proper measurements for a sink grid, follow these steps:
- Position yourself properly. Approach the sink straight on so that you’re standing in front and not at an angle. This will be as you normally would be while washing dishes. All directions given are to be used from this point of reference.
- Measure the length. Take your tape measure to the bottom (i.e. the floor) of the left corner that is closest to you. Then stretch the tape measure all the way across the bottom of the sink to the right corner that is closest to you. This is the inner length of your sink.
- Measure the width. Begin from the same starting point as step 2 – the bottom left corner that is closest to you. From here, extend the tape measure along the bottom of the sink and away from you to the bottom left corner that is furthest from you. This is the inner width of your sink.
- Measure the depth. Take a level (or anything that is straight and flat) and lay it across your sink. – the direction of this object does not matter. Then take your tape measure and measure the distance from the bottom of the sink to the bottom of your flat object. This is the inner dimension of depth for your sink.
It is good to note that a sink grid will raise the bottom of the sink – in effect lowering the height of the sink. As a result, adjust the height of the sink grid to your comfort.
Now that you have purchased the perfect sink grid, how do you clean this lifesaver? Keep following along to find out!
How To Clean a Kitchen Sink Grid
It may be frustrating to clean something that’s already supposed to keep your sink clean. However, a grid is MUCH easier to wash than the sink – trust me. Use any of these measures to try. They are presented in order of ascending effort.
- Steam cleaning machine. This is the quickest and most effective way to clean your sink grid. As highly recommended as this machine is, how many of us actually have one lying around the house? Carry onto the next steps if you’re one of the people without this machine (i.e. me).
- Dishwasher. Set that baby to high and throw in your sink grid. The filthier the grid, the longer the spin.
- Baking soda, vinegar, and elbow grease. Mix some baking soda and vinegar in a spray bottle. Then spray down your sink grid before you start attacking it with a soft sponge. As tempting as it may be, you’re going to want to skip the steel wool.
- Soapy water. If you don’t have any of the above items, get a great workout and scrub your sink grid clean. Obviously, if you clean it more often, you’ll have less of a workout each time. Again, skip the steel wool and use a traditional sponge or dish brush.
A sink grid can help save the life of that pristine finish on your stainless steel. It has certainly saved mine, but it took some time to find the perfect one. So, don’t be hasty and look over the different options before you choose.
Make sure that you also get the right size and that you clean it!
If you’ve made it this far in the article, I’d like to tell you that I appreciate you as much as I appreciate my sink grid – which is a lot!
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