Homeowner's Manual

What You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel isn't just for your appliances anymore! Stainless steel countertops are increasing in popularity not only because of their great modern and industrial look, but also because of their strength. Previously stainless steel was just for commercial kitchens but it's now available for the average homeowner who likes that kind of look. When it comes to countertop surfaces, stainless steel is one of the best options you could choose.
Benefits and Care
Stainless steel is used in commercial kitchens for good reason! It doesn't stain, it rarely scratches and you can place hot pots directly on its surface with no damage. Small scratches can be buffed out. Stainless steel can't peel, chip or scorch either. It's almost an ideal kitchen surface. Sometimes water spots can remain, so you should clean up spills right away. Another benefit of stainless steel is that you can get corresponding molded sinks and backsplashes. One of the drawbacks of stainless steels is that you can see smudges and fingerprints on its surface, which might be a bother to some. It's also a little bit noisy and kinda boring: you can't customize the color or pattern all that much.

Sealing and Cleaning
You don't need to seal stainless steel. It can be cleaned with mild cleaners or slightly abrasive ones if you need to remove scratches. Avoid using steel wool as it may scratch the surface. Stainless steel is also one of the only surfaces that can safely be bleached.
How Does It Measure Up?
Stainless is probably the best countertop surface money can buy, but it is cold and industrial and so it's not for everyone. It doesn't have the warmth of butcherblock or the natural beauty of granite, but it sure holds its own when it comes to strength and durability.
Photo Credit: Specialty Stainless

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