Stainless Steel is an outstanding medium, it is generally corrosive resistant due to levels of chromium and nickel, which gives stainless steel its resistance in hostile environments.
Stainless Steel grades are created with the addition of various exotic metals (niobium, titanium, molybdenum) enabling working environments of up to 1170 degrees Celsius.
Stainless Steel is resistant to most substances used within the home some chemical agents used for cleaning tiles and concrete during the building and construction process can cause pitting and corrosion, if this occurs the acid must be quickly neutralised to prevent damage. If corrosion has occurred through Hydrogen sulphide or sulphur dioxide an oxidising acid such as nitric acid can restore the balance.
There are four common types of Stainless Steel, duplex, ferritic, martensitic, we use and deal mainly with the austenitic range due to desirable factors, which include excellent corrosion resistance, excellent cleanability and hygiene factors, excellent weldability and ease of fabrication. We work mainly with grade 304 (typical analysis 18% Chromium, 8% Nickel) and grade 316 (typical analysis 18% Chromium, 8% Nickel, 2-3% Molybdenum).
Stainless Steel is very durable, but care should still be taken when placing hot pots or dishes directly onto your bench, we recommend a pot stand be used to prevent delamination occurring.