Stainless steel is a nearly indestructible material that stands up to the toughest treatment. Because it is nonporous, nothing can pass through the surface, which is why many restaurants work with it. The name “STAIN LESS” literally means no stains. Stainless steel countertops are extremely easy to maintain. Acid and oil spills are no problem for these surfaces and the high heat tolerance allows hot cooking pots and pans to be placed directly on top of the surface. Stainless steel countertops are easy to wipe down and few to no seams keeps food pieces, bacteria, and germs at bay. With all these benefits, stainless steel countertops can be an appealing choice for a household with a busy kitchen.
Although cleaning the surface can be easy, you should know that stainless steel surfaces do leave behind many fingerprint smudges. To clean this surface, wash using a few small drops of mild dish soap with hot water and rub in circles with a microfiber cleaning cloth. Use a separate microfiber cleaning towel to thoroughly dry the surface. Glass cleaner will give it extra shine, but be sure to rinse any cleaners completely from the surface so you don’t get water spots forming on the surface.We have some clients that shine the surface with olive oil.
Stainless steel kitchen counters are not without some cons. Some homeowners find the surface to be too noisy for their liking. In addition, scratches and dents inevitably happen with stainless counters. Light scratches will become less noticeable over time, and stainless-steel countertop lovers (like marble counter lovers) seem to feel it is part of the beauty and character of stainless steel. When a large dent happens, it can be troubling, so caution is needed when handling heavy items especially when wet. If you should happen to get a large dent in your stainless, you can call on professional help to try to remove or replace the dented area.
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