Stainless steel kitchen and home furnishings - An introduction
The use of stainless steel kitchen equipment used to be an exclusive perk of the commercial food industry. But now, many kitchen designers are experimenting with stainless steel and they have come up with great results. The modern kitchen will not only look good with stainless steel kitchen furnishings – they also become much easier to clean and organized. Stainless steel kitchen will never go out of style.
What exactly is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is a metal alloy created by mixing chromium into regular steel. It gained its popularity for having higher resistance to corrosion and rust. Once chromium has been added into it, it creates a protective layer that makes steel less reactive to water and air, therefore slowing down the process of oxidation (rusting).
Why stainless steel kitchen?
Because of it is highly resistant to water, air and heat, stainless steel is the ideal surface for preparing food. Though stainless steel may scratch easily compared to other materials, you will notice that over time these scratches can give added aesthetic value to your kitchen. Stainless steel is also very easy to clean. It will lessen the hours you usually spend in cleaning your kitchen and will give you more time with your family.
A few tips
Once you have decided that you want that stainless steel kitchen look, you need to consider a few things.
If you have kids in the house, it is advisable to refrain from applying expensive mirror finishes on stainless steel surfaces because they will be wasted on your kids' dirty or gooey handprints. Instead, try using a satin finish to easily hide small fingerprints.
When installing your stainless steel kitchen countertop, be sure to tell your contractor to put a plywood base under your stainless surface to add support and act as a sound barrier. Also, remember that stainless steel is a non-magnetic alloy. You will need to find another place to stick your memos if your family uses the refrigerator as a bulletin board.
Affordable and practical
Stainless steel kitchen systems may cost around the same price as usual kitchen hardware materials. However, you may need to add a few more dollars for custom finishes and corner treatments. Cleaning your stainless steel surface is also very easy. Simply wash them with a mild detergent, rinse, and dry it up with a piece of cloth. Avoid using bleach or detergents that are too strong. Proper maintenance of your stainless kitchen can lead it to last a life time.