The Love of Stainless Steel & Where it Came From | Orlando Kitchens

Love-Stainless-Steel-Where-Came-FromYou have probably noticed how stainless steel appliances have taken over the modern kitchen and stainless steel pots, pans and utensils are the most common form of cookware. So why exactly is stainless steel or popular?

First, let’s talk about what stainless steal is.

Stainless steels are iron alloys with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. This type of steel is considered stainless because the chromium found in the steel produces a thin layer of oxide that prevents corrosion.

History of Stainless Steal

The corrosion-resistance in steel was first noticed in 1881 by the French metallurgist Pierre Berthier, however the Englishman Harry Brearley is most commonly credited as the “inventor.” In 1913 Brearley was looking for an erosion-resistant alloy for gun barrels when he found what we now call stainless steel.  Stainless steel dishware and utensils began production in 1919 and the first stainless steel fermenting vessel was created in 1928. In 1935 The SS Queen Mary was launched with the world’s first stainless steel kitchen. Shortly after that, stainless steel sinks were installed in nearly every new home.

I think we know where it went after that…stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves and stoves. But why?

Five Reasons We Love Stainless Steal:

1) Stainless steel has a long life span

It doesn’t fade or become discolored after long spans of time. Stainless Steel is rustproof and stain-resistant (for the most part) so you don’t have to worry about water causing rust spots or scuffs on any appliances.

2) It’s easy to clean

Despite how you may notice fingerprints fairly often on stainless steel appliances, stainless steal is pretty easy to clean. There are many kitchen-cleaning products made specifically for stainless steel, however taking a hot cloth to stainless steel appliances works just fine. As for pots, pans and silverware- they are dishwasher safe!

3) Stainless Steel is a Germaphobe 

Since stainless steel is not susceptible to water, unlike like wood, it harbors fewer germs than other kitchen countertops or appliances. Cleaning the countertop, refrigerator and other stainless steel appliances will aid in keeping a sanitary kitchen, however you may want to also consider these tips on kitchen hygiene:

  • Used kitchen sponges contain the highest number of germs. Replace your sponge regularly, or use a washcloth that can be rewashed.
  • Cutting boards are infested with germs and are likely never disinfected. You should deep clean your cutting boards every so often with baking soda.
  • The sink also holds an enormous amount of bacteria, therefore you should scrub the sink with baking soda as well.

4) Stainless Steel is Food Safe

Have you ever had anyone tell you “don’t stir the food in the pan/pot with a fork, you’re going to get me sick from Teflon!” Whether that concern is entirely true or not, you don’t have to worry about getting sick from Teflon with stainless steal because it’s completely food safe. Before stainless steel was so popular, pots and pans were often made out of a different, less durable kind of metal, which was painted silver. The metal and the paint would occasionally chip and become part of whatever was cooking in the pot, and that made some people uneasy.

5) It’s Aesthetically Pleasing
Although stainless steel kitchens have been around for a long time, specifically in commercial kitchens, we still can’t deny the clean, organized feel that the shiny steel gives a kitchen.

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Food for Thought

According to the 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends survey, 75% of the surveyed homeowners plan to include stainless appliances into their remodeled kitchen.

Stainless Steel can be divided into five groups:

  • Austenitic
  • Martensitic
  • Ferritic
  • Duplex
  • Precipitation Hardening

Most types of Stainless Steel are non-magnetic however some have no problem holding magnet. Stainless steel is also fire and heat resistant.

Despite popular believe, not all stainless steel is rust resistant. If the oxygen is low enough rust may appear. (This doesn’t happen often)

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To conclude this article, we love stainless steel but we also love marble countertops and white cabinets among many other styles. Check out our website for kitchen and bath remodeling ideas and don’t ever hesitate to call and set up a consultation for your upcoming kitchen or bath remodel!