Stainless steel is the star material in modern kitchen design. Perhaps you wish to take your cue from the growing number of designers who use stainless steel as a style statement, giving the kitchen a semi-professional look.
In food contact applications, todays consumer wants the same high standards of functionality, food safety and cleanliness as applied in restaurant kitchens or the food processing industry.
There are good reasons why stainless steel is so widely used at home:
· Stainless steel is hygienic. The hard metallic surface makes it difficult for bacteria to adhere and survive.
· Stainless steel is easy to clean. With only a minimum of maintenance, it can be kept in as-new condition for decades.
· Stainless steel is mechanically resistant. They can easily withstand shock and abrasion.
· Stainless steel has a self-healing surface. The reason for stainless steels high corrosion resistance is the so-called 'passive layer' that forms on its surface. This layer is characterised by a Self-Repair Mechanism, which is the secret of its outstanding durability.
The self-repair mechanism of stainless steel.
Stainless steel has a unique feature: it is self healing. Due to the alloying elements in the stainless steel, a thin, transparent 'passive layer' is formed on its surface. Even if the stainless steel surface is scratched or otherwise damaged, this passive layer, which is only a few atoms thick, instantaneously reforms under the influence of oxygen from air or water. This explains why stainless steel does not require coating or other corrosion protection to stay bright and shiny even after decades of use.