Stainless steel: an unimpeachable choice for a functional design-forward kitchen
Stainless steel in the kitchen is still one of the most with-it trends in the design and furnishings sector, not only for restaurants and catering kitchens in general, but also for a home environment. As a material, it is extremely durable and aesthetically pleasing, yet it also meets the exacting standards required from professional kitchens while delivering in terms of the warmth and cosiness we expect from a home setting. Which is exactly why Arredo3 has included it amongst its ideal materials for kitchen countertops.
What qualities does stainless steel have?
The first essential requirement for a countertop like this is AISI-304-grade stainless steel which is rich in chromium and nickel. Its special composition means that it is extremely corrosion-resistant and highly hygienic (its smooth surface stops it from harbouring bacteria and other micro-organisms). It is suitable for direct contact with foodstuffs, including acidic ones, and if kept properly clean, it retains its original characteristics over time.
The best way to clean a stainless-steel countertop is to wipe it down with a soft damp cloth (one in microfibre if possible) and some mild detergent. In the case of stubborn stains or marks such as limescale and fat, you can also use vinegar or lemon juice diluted in a little warm water.
In aesthetic terms, stainless steel will lend itself to a wide array of settings and will enhance kitchen compositions with its strikingly sleek and shiny surface. Understated and lustrous, it looks especially good with glass which similarly plays with light and heightens its sheen. It has an undeniably appealing appearance and makes for a kitchen with a powerful personality. An unusual kitchen for which the homeowner can choose a matt, satiny or vintage steel finish, depending on their personal preference or technical requirements.
A totally green material
Steel is completely recyclable. Its life cycle is potentially infinite because it retains its original features regardless of the number of times it is recycled. So, it is a perfect choice for a circular economy because it helps to reduce CO2 emissions and fight against climate change.