The Benefits Of Stainless Steel Worktops
If you need a case study for why stainless steel worktops are popular, you need only look toward the harsh environment of the commercial kitchen. Here, chefs don’t have the time to take care of their work surface. They need something they can chop on and put hot pans on without worrying about the surface being damaged.
Another common use case is workbenches. Traditionally, these are made from timber, but timber is porous and not the best choice for hot work or tool use. Stainless steel is harder, more durable, and will last a lifetime if looked after.
Here are the main benefits of stainless steel worktops:
Resilient and durable
Stainless steel worktops are resilient to almost anything. Aside from aggressive concentrations of hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid, they are impervious to damage from common chemicals and are non-porous. This means they don’t absorb moisture, so they can be wiped clean using any common detergent.
Easy to clean
Because they are non-porous, stainless steel worktops are easy to maintain, and a worktop that is easy to maintain is very handy for tradespeople.
Stainless steel can also be cleaned with anything. You can use a common detergent, or isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirits to kill bacteria and viruses. This makes stainless steel a great choice across a wide range of industries.
You also have to consider the cost-benefit of stainless steel worktops. They are no more expensive than a high-quality timber workbench, but unlike timber workbenches, stainless steel worktops last a lifetime. Stainless steel can be treated for surface corrosion and screws and bolts can be replaced over time to keep everything slick.
Suitable for tools and vices
Unlike timber, which is soft, stainless steel is hard. A thick stainless steel worktop, such as 2mm galvanised steel, is resilient to tool use and accessories like vices and clamps. You can safely use a stainless steel workbench for any type of work. Many people use them at work and at home for woodworking, metalwork and DIY projects.
Stainless steel doesn’t scorch or burn when hot pans are placed on it. With solid stainless steel or thick stainless steel coated hardwood worktops, you can safely place hot pans and tools on the surface without damaging it. The temperature resistance varies depending on the quality of the steel though, so bear this in mind.