Stainless steel countertops are made of a ferrous alloy called stainless steel. When used as countertops, stainless steel is shiny and smooth. It is capable of reflecting light, making darker kitchens look brighter. Because of their overall durability, stainless steel countertops have been a popular choice of homebuilders since the 1940s.|
Countertops made of this material usually have a shiny and silver shade, although the degree of reflection and brightness can be altered. The polished look of stainless steel countertops is called a finish, and it can be controlled by the stainless steel sheet's thickness and size. Stainless steel finishes are classified into No. O; No. 1; No, 2D; No, 2B; No, 2BA; no. 3; No. 4; No. 6; No. 7; and No. 8. Depending on the manufacturer and the clientâs preference, stainless steel countertops can come with a matte, mirrored, or reflective finish.
Stainless steel countertops are usually seamless when installed because of their ability to bend and mold when exposed to high temperatures. Because of this property, stainless steel countertops can be installed to look like a single, solid piece of surface unlike concrete or stone countertops. They can also be made to match the size and shape of any kitchen. Stainless steel countertops can be L-shaped, V-shaped, or just straight, depending on the client's preference.
Maintenance of stainless steel countertops
Here are a few tips on how to keep your stainless steel countertop looking like new:
1. Keeping stainless steel countertops shiny:
Keep your stainless steel countertop shiny by cleaning it regularly, particularly, after you use it each time. The simplest way to clean it is by using a soft, nonabrasive sponge soaked in a solution soap and warm water. Rub it down your countertop, and rinse with clean, running water afterwards. This can prevent any particle buildup on the surface and help remove microscopic bacteria that can have come from uncooked food or meat.
2. Keeping stainless steel countertops smooth:
Do not place heavy kitchen equipment on top of your stainless steel countertop if you want to keep it smooth. By nature, a stainless steel countertop is malleable, but any force exerted on it can easily bend or dent it that can create an uneven surface. If placing heavy kitchen equipment on top of your stainless steel countertop is unavoidable, then at least place them on top gently. If you can place them elsewhere in the kitchen, then do that instead.
3. Keeping stainless steel countertops scratch-free:
Avoid using knives and other sharp tools directly on the surface if you want to keep your stainless steel countertop scratch-free. Despite the chromium coating of stainless steel that prevents scratches, stainless steel countertops are still prone to scratches caused by sharp blades and tools. Use a cutting board on top of your stainless steel countertops when doing your normal kitchen activities to protect the surface from knife blades You can also use the scratch-removal creams or pastes that some manufacturers sell, but they can be quite expensive.