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Old 06-09-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Question Purpose/Use for Sink Mats

I do not believe this is the correct forum, but it is the closest i could find...sorry. My question is...

I have never used sink mats,
because I was not raised up on them.
Therefore, I do not understand the use/purpose for them.
I did try googling this first but to no avail.

Any input from my DC peeps? :D

thanks a mill.


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Old 06-09-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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My experience with sink mats is that they are used to protect delicate china and glassware from being chipped by the sink surface during washing.

I've never used sink mats because I simply put a thick towel on the bottom of the sink to serve the same purpose.

Most of our good china and glassware is antique and close to 100-years-old so putting it in the dishwasher would be a huge "no-no." Same's true of china and glassware that has gold/silver/platinum trim. The dishwasher detergent is too harsh for them.

Hope this helps answer your question.

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Old 06-09-2009, 08:00 PM   #3
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i used to use sink mats now i have the sink rack and a sink mat "saddle" between my sinks. i rest things on the saddle while washing dishes and knives. i rest my knife on the mat and it helps protect me from dulling the edges of my knives and not cutting myself while washing. also if my kids just drop glass things into sink they have a little protection from breaking. the mats also protect the sink from scratches and if enamel it protects from chips.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:51 AM   #4
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My grandmother used them but she had porcelain sinks. My mom always said it was to protect the sink from scratches and chips. We had stainless steel sinks in our house and never used them.
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