Is it not used as often in Europe?
– Previously, the use of full-coverage stainless steel sinks has been most common in the Nordic countries, but now the use is also increasing down on the continent.
Are there trends in how sinks are designed?
– We see a trend towards more comprehensive sinks and that stainless steel is used on larger surfaces – often as the only material on all counter surfaces. Solid pieces in solid steel of 6 mm with straight edges are also increasing in popularity, which creates a stable and modern look.
A new surface that is shiny will eventually be scratched. Can it be prevented?
– No, it’s going to be difficult, and that’s not the point, I think. The scratches that occur eventually form a whole that gives stainless steel its patina. But of course, the first scratches on a newly purchased surface can feel a little awkward.
How long does it take until you do not see the individual scratches?
– It all depends on the use. This is about 6 months in normal use.
Can you speed up the process?
– It is possible to buy a matt brushed surface, then we break the plate’s natural brushing direction and thus get a matt surface. The thing to keep in mind then is that the surface becomes a little grayer than a polished one. But over time, both varieties get the same look.
Is there anything a stainless steel surface can not stand?
– If you just make sure to clean the surface immediately after use, it can withstand almost anything. Stainless steel withstands heat well, but you should still be careful not to place too hot pots on the surface as there is a glued wooden board underneath. The heat can affect the glue and cause the wooden board to release from the stainless steel surface.
We have noticed rust-like imprints after cast iron pots – does it ruin the surface?
– We usually call it that the surface becomes “infected”. Stainless steel has a natural chromium oxide protection. What happens is that the cast iron “breaks” this protection and releases iron particles on the stainless steel. But it is easy to get rid of with stainless steel cleaners. When you do this, the chromium oxide protection is restored and the surface regains its normal shine.