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  • Tackling the issue of limescale buildup and discolouration on your granite kitchen sink.

    Do you have a ‘discoloured’ granite sink? Do you live in a hard water area? Read on… What is hard water? Hard water is water that has a high mineral content and is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Source Wikipedia. Read More...
  • Should I get a food waste disposer?

    Our lives are getting busier every day, never mind the increased pressure to become more environmentally friendly! We are all up for saving the world and becoming greener but, let’s be honest, sometimes we just want to put it all in one bin and be done. The number of bins we own, is slowly taking over space to actually cook. Not to mention the smells from the food waste bins that can disturb the pleasant aromas of cooking and fragrant candles as we want to collapse on the sofa after a hard day’s work. To top it all off you have probably heard that some local councils want to collect bins every 3 weeks instead of 2 (Just imagine the image of me climbing over bin bags just to get to the cooker...not a pretty site or smell!). Think about the vermin and maggots, especially in the warmer months... Read More...
  • Unscratchable Granite Sinks - How to Choose The Best

    Ever wondered what is the 4th strongest element in nature? Me neither, but it’s quartz. What does it have to do with sinks? Granite is made of quartz which makes granite sinks truly durable. Granite has the good looks of a natural material and the strength of nature while being fashionable and future proof. Read More...
  • Best of British

    Britain has become celebrated for creating beautifully crafted products, and at Astracast® we’re proud of the fact that we manufacture our composite sinks and acrylic baths on British soil. Read More...
  • How To Choose The Right Size And Shape Sink For You

    Choice – we all want it, but when you’re in the midst of a kitchen makeover the number of decisions you have to make can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. So we’re going to give you the low down on how to pick the right sized kitchen sink for you, hopefully making that final decision that bit easier. Read More...
  • Top Sink Cleaning Tips - Just in time for a Spring Clean

    It’s a good saying and it rings true even for looking after your kitchen sink; prevention is better than cure. Here are a few things that you should consider to keep your sink looking ship shape..... Read More...
  • Winter Warmer from James Ramsden

    In our last blog we shared with you photos from our shoot with food writer James Ramsden showing off his brand new kitchen complete with an Astracast sink and tap. We’re delighted to say that we got to try out some of his delicious cooking, and today we can share with you the special recipe he whipped up. This tasty and hearty dish is just the thing to warm you up in December. Check out how to make this below. Read More...
  • Get your kitchen ready in time for Christmas

    Can you believe it's a little over four weeks left until Christmas?! We love spending time with our family and friends and there's nothing better than cooking up a big festive treat! But, every year space always seems to be in short supply whether it's trying to squeeze another auntie onto the sofa or cramming a Turkey into the oven. The whole house can feel the squeeze, so how can you make sure your kitchen is ready and firing on all cylinders? Here's a few of our top tips for those planning a new kitchen in time for Christmas... Read More...
  • Devilish design ideas for your kitchen

    Trick or Treat! It's a treat we assure you. Now carved pumpkins are unlikely to become a staple of a kitchen interior throughout the year, but the gothic drama, quirkiness and glamour of Halloween surely can be a source of inspiration all year round. Here are a few things that can add some punch to your kitchen... Read More...
  • Keepin' it clean: Kitchen Sink Hygiene

    Your kitchen sink is one of the hardest wearing appliances in your kitchen, dealing with the daily grime of washing the dishes, muddy boots, even the pet dog! We often use it during food preparation, and with this in mind, hygiene is an important factor. We often get asked how to keep the three sink materials (stainless steel, ceramic and ROK composite) clean and free from nasty germs and grime. The good news? All our sink materials are low maintenance... Read More...
  • New Dart Range: Compact & Colourful

    We are pleased to announce the arrival of our latest addition to the ROK® composite sink range - Dart. Compact in size but with all the functionality and practical features you expect, the Dart range offers sleek modern design in even the smallest of kitchens. Available in two bowl variants, it measures a depth of just 435mm for the 1.0 bowl and 500mm on the 1.5 bowl... Read More...
  • Meet the Blogger; MoD Design Guru

    We're always scouting the internet for the hottest design trends and innovations in the interiors industry. This month we've been diving into MoD Design Guru's blog and have been intrigued by her global look at the industry. Michele Alfano really understands design as a working architect/designer and this is what makes the MoD Design Guru so special... Read More...
  • Elan: Designer Looks at an Affordable Price

    Astracast's new Elan sink ticks all the boxes with its affordable, contemporary and highly functional design. Not only will you be drawn to the sleek modern design but also its affordable price - starting at just £120 RRP. Manufactured from high quality stainless steel, you can be reassured by its hardwearing, durable and long-lasting properties. The polished steel finish will also lend itself to a wide variety of interiors... Read More...
  • Look who's celebrating their 30th Birthday

    We've hit the big three zero! Yes, Astracast is celebrating its 30th birthday. Don't worry, there's not a grey hair or wrinkle in sight; we're celebrating this milestone and looking back over the achievements and innovations we've been able to bring to the market. We're not alone either. Did you know that the Mac computer turns 30 this year? Where would be without the innovative team behind this device? Apple has had a huge influence on technology and played a major part in shaping the way that we live our lives today... Read More...
  • Meet the Bloggers: The Design Sheppard

    We admit it! We're addicted to finding out about the latest design trends and innovations in the interiors industry. There are some fantastic blogs out there providing us with our much needed daily dose of inspiration and so we thought this month we'd introduce you to one of our favourites; The Design Sheppard. Read More...
  • From A Sink To A Workstation

    The kitchen sink has really changed a lot in function over the years. As the dishwasher was introduced one would have assumed its place would become less important as would our need to spend time there. But that certainly hasn’t been the case and that’s largely due to the innovations of sink manufacturers securing a product under threat. They are to be congratulated. It's now official that if you buy a sink today you can expect it to be the 'work-station' of the kitchen... Read More...
  • New Linus Range offers understated designer flair

    Introducing our newest member of the steel family, Linus. Offering sleek linear lines and deep functional bowls, the Linus range offers a neutral design that will look at home in a broad range of kitchens styles. The single bowl model features a compact dimension of 860 x 500mm and fits into a tiny 450mm base unit making it perfect for kitchens where space is at a premium. If you are looking for something a little larger... Read More...
  • Top home innovations and gadgets

    Do you love the latest gadgets and innovations? We do! There are so many marvellous inventions that have made our lives easier, fun and more efficient. Kitchens were revolutionised by the invention of home appliances. It's hard to believe there was a time when fridges, freezers and washing machine didn't exist and it's so exciting to see how these products continue to evolve. One of the latest Samsung washing machines WW9000 as reviewed on Girl About Tech has been designed so that you can pour your detergent straight into a compartment in the drum. The machine then determines exactly how much detergent to use for each wash using its special sensors and dispenses accordingly. It takes out all the guess work and what's more, the device can be controlled by a smart phone... Read More...
  • Astracast celebrate 30 years of innovation at the KBB Awards 2014

    As part of Astracast's "30 Years of Innovation" celebrations we attended the KBB Awards 2014. The KBB Awards happened to be celebrating their 20 year anniversary so it was a special night for all. The 750-seat event rewarded the very best in kitchen and bathroom design, including retail and was sponsored by some of the biggest brands in the industry. The event was hosted by Al Murray, better known as the Pub Landlord... Read More...
  • Small changes can make a big difference!

    Over the next couple of months a whole range of green and environmental events are taking place worldwide that really champion the cause. There's World Water Day on March 22nd, Earth Hour on March 29th and Earth Day on April 22nd. It gives us a great opportunity to reflect on our day-to-day lives, and think about how we can all make a difference when it comes to the environment. It can be tricky sometimes feeling like you have to choose between having the things you like and making an eco-friendly decision... Read More...
  • Ron Farr Composite Sink Pioneer Visits Astracast

    As part of our thirty years of manufacturing celebrations we recently invited Ron Farr to our production site here at Bradford. Ron was an early pioneer of the Astracast business and was responsible for inventing the composite material that took the sink world by storm!... Read More...
  • Astracast is now on Facebook

    If you like our blog why not have a look at our new Astracast Facebook page? For all the very latest from the team here at Astracast including new products, offers and bits we like from around the web please "like" our page. It is always good to hear from our customers, so if you have just had an Astracast product installed in your home please share a picture on our page, or if you have any suggestions on products you would like to see, why not let us know?

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  • Best Kitchen Equipment for Budding Bakers

    If you’re a budding baker, what do you need to consider when planning your kitchen? We've brought together a few tips to help you become the next Bake Off champion. Whether you’re starting your kitchen from scratch or giving it an update, it makes sense to think about what material you should choose for your worktops. If you’re a pastry whizz, you’ll already know that a cool surface is the best thing to roll out your dough on to prevent it from sticking. Marble and granite are both cool to the touch and can be a great option for pastry connoisseurs... Read More...
  • Kitchen Trends for 2014

    The latest kitchen trends have been unleashed and the magazines are full of inspiration for how you can decorate you’re home. We’ve brought together a round up of some our favourite trends for the year ahead! Read More...
  • New Year Projects: Planning an ergonomic kitchen

    The beginning of the year is a great time to look over your home and start thinking about which projects you might like to tackle. For many, the kitchen will be at the top of that list. We’ve brought together a few ideas to help you plan your new kitchen. To enjoy any kitchen, it has to be easy to use and so it’s best to plan the kitchen in a way which will be most efficient for you. On first listen, ergonomic techniques may sound a bit complicated but really it’s just about putting everything you need within easy reach... Read More...
  • Astracast launches a direct website for spare accessories

    Sink and tap specialist Astracast has launched a direct website from which customers can buy spare accessories. This new service supports Astracast’s retailers by giving customers peace of mind that they will always have easy access to the necessary Astracast accessory products. Convenient and hassle free... Read More...
  • What is a composite sink?

    The chances are, if you have just started your research into buying a new sink you will be feeling pretty overwhelmed with how much choice there is. We’re going to help whittle down your choices by explaining the benefits of the three main materials over a series of blogs detailing; composite, stainless steel and ceramic sinks... Read More...
  • Why is tap pressure important?

    You have chosen the perfect tap to match your new sink, it's just the style you wanted and looks great, that is until you turn the lever and...well, not very much happens, just a trickle of water flows out. Why? It all comes down to the pressure of your water supply. When choosing a tap for your kitchen sink it is important you take into account what type of water system your house has to be sure it will be compatible... Read More...
  • One size doesn't fit all

    Choosing a kitchen sink can be a daunting task as one size certainly doesn't fit all - in this guide we will briefly talk you through the jargon to make choosing the correct sink as easy as possible... Once you have settled on sink material your next question should be how big is your kitchen base unit the sink will sit into? The most common dimension in a modern kitchen is a 600mm (wide) base unit which is ideal for the vast majority of sinks. The sink bowls protrude into the cabinet beneath so it is important these bowls fit into the unit. For sinks with drainers you need not worry about the drainer area, this sits above the level of the work surface... Read More...
  • Sinks ideal for smaller kitchens

    Watching television it may seem like everyone has a kitchen as large as a four car garage with vast amounts of space and luxuries such as island units - the reality is that for many of us space is a real premium in the kitchen. Fear not though, with clever use of the space available you can maximise the functionality of your bijou kitchen making it just as an effective as its oversized counterparts. Read More...
  • What are the most important things to consider when buying a new kitchen sink?

    Choosing the right sink is vital for achieving the overall look you desire for your kitchen and the function you need, yet many important aspects of this purchase can often be overlooked and as a result, both the practicality and aesthetics of your kitchen can be compromised. Read More...
  • New Razor At The Cutting Edge of Sink Design

    Sharp by name and sharp by nature, Our new Razor sink mixes ultra-modern minimalist design with tight angular corners and a unique central channel recessed into the drainer that allows liquids to efficiently drain quickly into the sink bowl.... Read More...
  • Create A 'Design Statement' In Your Kitchen

    You perhaps wouldn't think of the humble kitchen sink as a 'designer statement' in your kitchen, it's usually the appliance you think about least, yet one you use the most. We wanted to create a sink that not only was highly practical and functional, but also created a real statement piece in your kitchen... Introducing the Vantage Sio. Read More...