Metal Table Legs or a Metal Table Base: Which is right for you?

The terms “Metal Table Legs” and “Metal Table Base” get tossed around a lot, sometimes interchangeably, but what really is the difference and is one better suited than the other?

 

Terminology and Definitions

 

“Metal Table Legs” and “Metal Table Base” can refer to the exact same thing. One refers to “legs” for a table and one refers to a “base” for a table, but the base can be legs and legs can be a base, so the terms can be used interchangeably. However, unofficial industry standards typically will refer to “metal table legs” as individual pieces that make up the support for a tabletop and a “metal table base” as a single piece base that the tabletop can rest on or is secured to. Hairpin legs, post legs, or H or X-Frame metal table legs would fall under the “Metal Table Legs” category, for example. Similarly, a parsons table base, spider base, or pedestal bases all would fall under the “Metal Table Base” category. For simplicity, we here at ECon Welding will typically refer to any product that is a free-standing design as a “base”, and any product that relies on the connection to the tabletop to maintain stability as “legs”.

Metal Table Legs

Metal Table Legs pros and cons

 

As stated above, metal table legs rely on the connection to the tabletop for the assembly to work. For example, our H-Frame style metal table legs could not be used for a glass top application. Even if you could balance the legs to keep them standing up with the glass on top, as soon as the table is bumped into, the entire assembly would come crashing to the ground catastrophically. However since a connection to the tabletop is assumed, table legs can be made much smaller in profile since they don’t need to be free-standing. This usually allows for the legs to be able to be flat packed, and shipped via common courier, which equates to a more budget friendly product.

Generally speaking, table legs are usually sold in sets of 2 or 4 depending on the design. Hairpin legs and post legs are designed to put one leg towards each corner of the top, needing 4 per table. More contemporary designs of metal table legs such as the H-Frame or X-Frame style legs only need 2 per table, one towards each end.

Since multiple pieces are needed to fully support the tabletop, table legs are significantly more versatile than a table base, as the leg location can be fine-tuned during final assembly to fit in the exact location that works best for your application. They can also be removed and reused on various length (and sometimes various width) tabletops.

 

There are some significant disadvantages with using metal table legs instead of a metal table base. Since the stability of the table relies on the connection to the tabletop, the overall rigidity of the table is dependent on how secure the connection to the tabletop is. Soft wood or plywood surfaces that the legs are mounted to will almost always have a small amount of flex to them, which causes the whole table to sway back and forth with the flexing surface.

Installation of the legs to the top is also significantly more time consuming with table legs, as typically the legs need to be installed on the top upside down, then the entire table needs to be flipped over.

Lastly, with any kind of lateral force or racking on the table assembly, the forces go directly through the fasteners holding the legs to the tabletop. This may not be an issue, especially at first, but typical installations using only wood screws to secure the legs to the top will almost always gradually loosen over time, creating more and more sway in the table. The solution to this problem is to use threaded inserts in the wood top and bolts to create a stronger connection. However this adds an additional expense and significantly more time and potential for error during the table assembly.

Metal Table Bases

 

Metal Table Bases pros and cons

Metal table bases as we manufacture them are typically single piece, fully welded bases that are completely free standing in design. The bases are made to work as-is, and do not rely on any other component of the final assembly to maintain their stability or rigidity. Table bases typically have an inverse list of pros and cons to metal table legs. The installation of a metal table base is about as simple as it gets: Simply set it in place, and place the top on the base. We don’t recommend relying on gravity alone to hold the top in place, so it’s still recommended to secure the top to the base either with a few screws or an adhesive. Glass top applications use a rubber bumper that goes in between the glass and the metal base to keep it from sliding around.

Our bases are fully welded, and do not rely on nuts and bolts to hold the base together, which creates a very rigid table that will never loosen or weaken over time with use. Since our bases are free standing, they are often used in applications where the tabletop requires additional support from the base.

Metal table legs typically only support the top where the legs are positioned, but a metal table base can have a full support frame, or contain significantly more contact points with the top, which can provide much more uniform support to the top. This can be especially useful for glass tops, thin stone tops, and thin or soft wood tops that may sag or break with a long unsupported span.

Unlike the advantages to table legs, table bases are usually large pieces that are costly to ship. They will have very little versatility to their application use since the base is manufactured to fit a specific size and type of top. They can also be difficult to maneuver to get in place, and we’ve had projects in the past where a customer ordered a base that was too large to fit through their doorway!

 

 

Should I Buy a Set of Metal Table Legs or a Metal Table Base?

X-Frame Metal Table Legs on Long Wood Table

 

There are some applications where one option is the obvious solution. Glass top applications or stone tops without a plywood underlayment are almost always recommended to be paired with a metal table base. Staging applications, products used strictly in photo shoots, projects on a tight budget, or any application requiring a total knock-down assembly should use metal table legs. But other than that, we tend to lean towards recommending metal tables bases for most applications. Most people who purchase custom made furniture do not plan on changing out the top only in the future, so the cons of a choosing a base over a set of legs are usually narrowed down to space constraints and upfront costs. The upfront cost difference of a metal table base over a set of metal table legs may seem substantial, but in the long run the long-term durability of a metal table base and the added support it gives your tabletop will likely more than make up for the difference in price. The extra cost is negligible considering the long-term application. Assuming the base can fit inside your doorway, we can almost guarantee you will be much more satisfied with a metal table base over a set of metal table legs.

If you like the idea of a base vs a set of legs, but are cautious about your ability to properly size the base for your table build, you can read through our Base Sizing Guide to be able to make a confident decision or Contact Us for our recommendation.

Importance of Slotted Mounting Holes on Metal Table Legs

Depending on the manufacturer, you will see the term “slotted mounting holes” tossed around quite a bit. In short, the gold rule is that slotted mounting holes on a set of metal table legs or base are a necessity for any kind of wood tabletop, but can still be very useful for other types of top materials.

What are slotted mounting holes?

Slotted Mounting Hole on Metal Table BaseThis seems like a simple question, but believe it or not it is a common question we are asked. A slotted mounting hole is exactly as it sounds. Instead of a round hole for mounting the metal table legs or base to a tabletop, we include holes that are more of a “racetrack” shape. Adding this shape of hole to a piece of metal typically requires specialized metalworking equipment. Depending on the material and application, we will typically either punch out the hole using a punch and die in an iron worker which works very similar to a paper hole punch, or we will use a CNC plasma cutter which burns out the shape we input into the computer from the desired material.

What is Wood Expansion and Contraction?

Warped Wood Table Top

It is a somewhat known fact that wood expands and contracts with varying levels of humidity. The specifics of this can be pretty complicated, and a lot of variables play into the amount, and rate at which the wood expands and contracts, such as wood species, thickness, temperature, exposed edge, and any finish/stain applied to the wood. A good example of an extreme visual shown in

hyperlapse can be seen here from the Oregon State University:

Maple veneer shrinkage – OSU MediaSpace (oregonstate.edu)

A roughly 12″ square piece of thin maple was exposed to extreme variations of humidity and contracted about 3% in under 1 hour. This doesn’t sound like much, but on a standard 42″ wide top, that equates to over 1″ of contraction. The forces of wood expansion and contraction CAN NOT be stopped by a stout set of metal table legs or bracing. The wood is going to move, and it will find a direction to go, no matter how securely it is held down. “Bowing” and “cupping” or common terms in the woodworking industry that describe a piece of wood expanding or contracting in a non-uniform direction, which causes the wood to bow (think of a rainbow). Selecting a wood top from a woodworker who knows what they are doing is the most important step here. Instead of ignoring, or trying to prevent the wood from expanding or contracting, a good wood worker will build a tabletop that can expand and contract naturally and uniformly to maintain a flat profile.

So Why are Slotted Mounting Holes Important?

Bent Set of Metal Table Legs

If a wood top is constructed and sealed properly, you should see expansion and contraction of less than 1%. Which for a 42″ wide top, still works out to almost 1/2″ of movement. It is crucial for any set of metal table legs or a metal table base being paired with a wood top to have allowance built into the mounting holes for the top to expand and contract. The golden standard we go by is to include slotted mounted holes on almost all of our products, to allow the wood and screw to slide side-to-side in the mounting hole to move with the expansion and contraction of the wood. If this is not taken into account with the build, the top will expand or contract and either break the mounting screws, split the wood, or bend and deform the metal base. There are thousands of manufacturers and builders of metal table legs and bases out there, and by far the most common mistake we see with their builds is the lack of consideration for expansion and contraction.

If you have a tabletop that is stone, acrylic, or some other material that the metal table legs or base will be mounted to, it’s not critical for the mounting holes to be slotted since the top is likely not going to expand or contract at all, but the slotted mounting holes can still be beneficial to allow for some error in the pilot hole or threaded inserts used in the top for the legs to mount to.

Are Slotted Mounting Holes the Only Solution?

Spider Style Metal Table Base with Oversized Mounting Holes

 

We offer some products that are either impossible or impractical to get slotted mounting holes. Such as products with a top plate that is too thick to punch the hole out or plasma cut the slot. Or

some products don’t have a defined mounting orientation, so there is no way for us to predict the direction of the mounting slots. In these cases, an oversized round hole and a large washer can be used with the mounting screws. This same option can be applied for existing legs where the manufacturer did not account for expansion and contraction of a wood top. If you have a set of metal table legs with a screw hole size not much larger than the screw diameter, we strongly recommend drilling the holes to a larger diameter, at least 3/8″ when used with standard #8 or #10 wood screws. A fender washer sized for the screw size you are using can be used with the screw to get a good grip on the mounting plate of the metal base.

How to Clean Brushed Stainless Steel

Brushed stainless steel often has a bad reputation for showing fingerprints, and smudges very easily. This is true on stainless kitchen appliances as well as metal table legs. The best way to understand how to keep it spot free is to first understand how a brushed stainless finish is made, and why it shows fingerprints so well.

What is a brushed stainless finish?

A brushed stainless finish is made by scratching the stainless steel, but controlling the scratches to all go in the same, linear direction. Typically, a relatively coarse grit sandpaper is used for the scratches, usually around 120 grit. The removes the mill finish on the raw stainless and exposes fresh cut material. The finer the grit of sandpaper used to create the brushed finish, the smoother, and more polished the finish will look. The coarser the sandpaper, the more “brushed” the finish will look, but the rougher it will feel. 120 grit is the industry standard as it shows prominent grain lines, but still feels smooth to the touch. We apply our brushed finishes on our metal table legs and bases in house with a specially formulated, custom-made abrasive belt that cuts like a 120 grit abrasive, but smooths it out to feel like a finer, 200 grit finish.

Why are fingerprints and smudges so bad on brushed stainless finishes?

Even though the brushed finish may feel smooth, it is composed of countless small gouges and scratches in the surface of the metal. No matter what cleaning supply you use or how hard you scrub, it is nearly impossible to clean every angle and groove of each microscopic scratch in the metal. Dry debris, such as crumbs or other materials, are easy to clean as they can simply be wiped off. Especially with brushed stainless metal table legs, it is easy to get food debris on the metal legs. But anything greasy will sit on the metal and create a small wet spot that will not dry out. The wet spot looks darker than the surrounding dry metal, so it stands out as a dirty smudge on the finish. Even products designed to remove grease will have a very hard time completely removing all the grease from the scratches in the metal. Our body creates a natural oil-like substance called Sebum to keep our skin from drying out, but this oil acts as another grease-like contaminate that will cause a smudge on brushed stainless finishes by simply touching it. To make matters worse, this natural oil is less affected by household degreasers, so fingerprints can be one of the hardest marks to remove. Metal table legs and bases are a common touch-point while sitting at a table, so it’s expected that any metal furniture base with a brushed stainless finish will show frequent fingerprints and smudges.

So how do I clean smudges and keep them from coming back?

There are 2 common ways we like to address this problem, each with its own set of pros and cons:

  1. The first solution is more of a proactive solution and that is to coat the brushed stainless finish with a clear powder coated finish. This fills in all the scratches with a clear coat and leaves a smooth surface on top to easily wipe off and clean. This is essentially what appliance manufacturers do when you see them offering “smudge-proof” or “fingerprint shield” options to their brushed finish options. This option adds an additional expense to your project, and while it is a maintenance free solution, it can potentially cause significantly more problems if the clear coated finish gets damaged, as there is no easy way to repair a small section of damaged powder coat. If you are considering purchasing on of our Brushed Stainless Metal Table Legs or Bases and are reading this first and would like the clear powder coated option, Contact Us for an estimate on the cost for powder coating.
  2. The second option goes along with the saying: “If you can’t beat them, join them”. Instead of constantly fighting to remove the grease or oil stains, it can be much easier to simply cover the product with an oily finish, to give the entire product a uniform finish. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already have brushed stainless metal table legs or a base, or any other brushed stainless product that you are trying to clean, so the proactive solution of coating this is probably no longer possible. Wiping an oily substance over the entire product seems counterproductive, but it actually creates a uniform finish that looks brand new and freshly cleaned. This does require re-doing on occasion, but it’s such a quick and easy process, and as long as the finish is on the metal, you won’t see new smudges or fingerprints. WD-40 is the magic ingredient here. Simply spray the WD-40 onto the brushed stainless and rub it in with a clean, microfiber towel. You’ll have a brand-new, fresh-looking piece in no time! Olive oil also works, but in our experience doesn’t work as well, requires more oil, and requires more frequent applications. But it is a much more common household item, so if you’re in a rush and don’t have any WD-40, give olive oil a try.

If you have a set of brushed stainless table legs or a brushed stainless base and are sick of the fingerprints and smudges and the idea of olive oil or WD-40 going on the base doesn’t sound appealing to you, reach out to us to see if powder coating your existing base is an option. Even if you didn’t purchase the product from us, we may still be able to apply a clear powder coated finish to your metal furniture base to prevent future markings on the brushed finish. You can read about some of the general benefits of powder coating in our Powder Coating Guide if powder coating is new to you.

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Why Buy Custom-Built Table Legs From ECon Welding & Fabrication?

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At ECon Welding & Fabrication, our goal is to provide you with superior construction and high-quality products that you love for many years. To achieve that,  we listen to your requests throughout the entire design and ordering process and do not believe in shortcuts. We are constantly upgrading or modifying our equipment and processes.  All of our custom-built table legs are built to last a lifetime, guaranteed!  

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As a reminder, all wood changes with the seasons so our products come with special features that most sellers do not provide – one of them being oblong holes on all top plates to allow for expanding and contracting. We also know that not all floors are perfectly level, so we include free leveling feet on most of our custom table legs so that your product will not wobble or rock. Other companies normally charge for this feature and it is only a 5 second adjustment on your part! We strive for excellent customer service, and treat all of our customers with honesty, respect and integrity. If you have any concerns about your order, we will make it right. Our expert staff are happy to share their opinion on design, color choice, installation help, and more! Looking for more about our custom-built table legs and furniture? Click the button below and make sure to follow us on Facebook.

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At ECon Welding & Fabrication, we pay attention to every detail. We’re not looking to cut corners, period. We proudly offer hand-crafted welded custom metal bed frames and furniture of impeccable quality, which is made to last for generations to come. The best level of craftsmanship is guaranteed with every order. Each order is also built with leveling issues, expansion and contraction of wood table tops, floor protection, etc in mind. That’s what separates us from the rest! Ultimately, we believe in outstanding customer service and that’s why our service extends beyond the point of sale. If you have questions or concerns about your order, we’ll make it right. Guaranteed. We are also happy to offer our opinion and recommendation on installation instructions, application advice, design and color choices, and much more. Click the button below to learn more about ECon Welding & Fabrication.

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At ECon Welding & Fabrication, we have the highest-quality furniture around! Starting as a garage hobby and officially forming in 2012, we provide custom sleek, contemporary, and industrial-style table frames. We are more than happy to accommodate any special requests you may have, as all of our custom table frames are made to order. Looking for other custom products? ECon Welding & Fabrication also offers custom bed frames, aquarium stands, and more!

 

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At ECon Welding & Fabrication, our goal is to provide you with a high-quality custom product that you love. To achieve that, we listen to all of your requests throughout the entire process and do not take any shortcuts. By constantly upgrading or modifying our equipment and processes, you can be sure that your product will be exactly what you asked for and more!

All of our custom table frames are built to last a lifetime, guaranteed! Keeping in mind that all wood changes with the seasons, our products come with special features that most sellers do not provide – one of them being oblong holes on all top plates to allow for expanding and contracting. We also know that not all floors are perfectly level, so we include leveling feet on our custom table frames so that your product will not wobble or rock. We believe in excellent customer service, which is why our service goes beyond the sale. If you have any concerns or questions about your order, we will make it right. Need recommendations? Our specialists are happy to share their opinion on design, color choice, installation help, and more! Want to learn more about our custom table frames and furniture? Click the button below and make sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up with us!

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ECon Welding & Fabrication offers premier custom dining table bases, table legs, aquarium stands, bed frames, and more. Since 2012, our Wauconda-based business has responded to the demand for sleek, contemporary, and industrial-style custom metal kitchen table bases and legs. Our fabrication shop has been entrusted to create high-quality metal furniture that can be custom tailored for exactly what you’re looking for.  We can also adjust any item’s size and color to your specifications. The team at ECon Welding & Fabrication would love the opportunity to create the custom furniture base of your dreams.

Why Custom Dining Table Bases from ECon Welding?

At ECon Welding & Fabrication, you can count on our “extreme attention to detail” when it comes to our custom dining table bases. We don’t cut corners, period. Our custom furniture is created with impeccable quality and made to last for generations to come. We understand that our product may not be the cheapest on the market, but we guarantee you will get the best level of craftsmanship. Every order is built to take into account leveling issues, expansion and contraction of wood table tops, floor protection, etc. You won’t get that with just any fabricator! Furthermore, we believe in excellent customer service and that’s why our service extends beyond the point of sale. If you have questions or concerns about your order, we’ll make it right. Guaranteed. We are also happy to offer our opinion and recommendation on installation instructions, application advice, design and color choices, and much more. Click the button below to learn more about ECon Welding & Fabrication and make sure to follow us on our Facebook page to keep up with all things ECon Welding & Fabrication.

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ECon Welding & Fabrication offers premier custom kitchen table bases, dining table legs, aquarium stands, bed frames, and more. Since 2012, our Wauconda-based business has responded to the demand for sleek, contemporary, and industrial-style custom metal kitchen table bases and legs. Our fabrication shop has been entrusted to create high-quality metal furniture that can be custom tailored for exactly what you’re looking for.  We can also adjust any item’s size and color to your specifications. The team at ECon Welding & Fabrication would love the opportunity to create the custom furniture base of your dreams.

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At ECon Welding & Fabrication, you can count on our “extreme attention to detail” when it comes to our custom kitchen table bases. We don’t cut corners, period. Our custom furniture is created with impeccable quality and made to last for generations to come. We understand that our product may not be the cheapest on the market, but we guarantee you will get the best level of craftsmanship. Every order is built to take into account leveling issues, expansion and contraction of wood table tops, floor protection, etc. You won’t get that with just any fabricator! Furthermore, we believe in excellent customer service and that’s why our service extends beyond the point of sale. If you have questions or concerns about your order, we’ll make it right. Guaranteed. We are also happy to offer our opinion and recommendation on installation instructions, application advice, design and color choices, and much more. Click the button below to learn more about ECon Welding & Fabrication.

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Polished vs Brushed Stainless Steel

Every home has a style because it directly reflects your personality or certain characteristics for a period of time. As an owner, you get to choose and decorate your home however you like, and with new trends developing every year, you have plenty of options to pick from. Thinking about your needs and what works best for your home will create an understanding of elements and special qualities.

Adding or complementing your home with metal details will transform your space while adding functionality benefits. If you are considering using stainless steel, you can choose from options, especially between the two finishes. Learning the difference between polished and brushed stainless steel will give you the necessary information to make the best decision.

Polished Stainless Steel

As the name suggests, polished stainless steel is flat, shiny, and smooth and will enhance your home’s clean appearance. Depending on the type of usage you will get to where you want to have polished stainless steel, you could enjoy great benefits, from cleaning to visual appeal. This is similar to chrome, but polished stainless steel is not an applied finish, it is, as the name suggests, a stainless steel material that is polished to a mirror finish.

Polished stainless steel is ideal applications where matching chrome, or a contemporary, high end look is important. This finish makes cleaning very simple and easy because you can remove stains and dirt quickly without any problem. It’s resistant to water and requires little maintenance, except for the occasional cleaning. You can take advantage of these characteristics, especially when you have kids at home.

Brushed Stainless Steel

Friction creates this type of stainless steel that removes most of its natural shine and makes the surface rugged and texturized. The brushed finish is a process of controlled scratches on the stainless material that all follow the same, linear direction. This type of finish is very common on kitchen appliances, so it’s easy to visualize what this finish looks like. This look works perfectly as visually attractive, creating a more attractive finish when you use it for decorations or focus points. You can find brushed stainless steel mostly in tables and decorative items; simply by looking at it, you can perceive a unique and interesting look.

The finish on this type of steel is best kept from constant use because the lines from the brushing procedure keep smaller particles stuck inside if not constantly cleaned. The lines are not deep but tend to keep stains and watermarks for longer because of their nature. Choosing the right options depends on your interest, usage, and time management.

Practical Uses

When thinking about which finish of stainless steel to get for your home, you must think about the endless possibilities of each type. Use and functionality are two main characteristics that determine whether you should use one or the other, but it all depends on where you want it.

A clever way to use either one of these is on stainless steel table legs, as they provide the same level of resistance with great functionality but a different view. You can subtly transform a space with details that will make a big difference. Adding unique touches of steel to your home will elevate the look of a room and make it a more pleasant experience.

Industrial Look

A trendy way of using stainless steel is by transforming your space into an industrial space style. Other elements that you need to consider are brick, wood, and metal fixtures. An industrial look makes it easier to implement stainless steel elements, so you don’t have to overthink them. A simple transformation will elevate your space, giving you the opportunity to update it.

You don’t need extreme industrial elements; if you prefer to keep the style more subtle, you can always only add stainless steel to areas like the kitchen or the bathroom. The items for these areas of your house commonly use steel because they are resistant to water and humidity, as well as being easy to clean.

Stainless Steel Characteristics

Aside from the visual effects and feeling of the two different finishes, the main characteristics of steel make it a unique material. It is highly resistant to corrosion and very simple to clean. This material is ideal for kitchens because it can resist high temperatures without suffering from damage. Most restaurants have stainless steel throughout their kitchens because it’s clean, safe, and resistant.

Its versatility allows different products to exist, and its malleability can produce large items and smaller details. The production time is short, so you can get any product you want in a timely fashion. Choosing stainless steel will bring special characteristics to your home while saving you time and money. The process of stainless steel appears, uplifts, and naturally enhances some of these characteristics.

Steel Classifications

There are various classifications for steel depending on the number of elements used to create a special type. Depending on usage, some are better suited than others. Even with similar characteristics, some offer better optimizations for usage.

  • Ferritic Steel—This type is mainly used in the automotive industry for car components and home furnaces.
  • Austenitic Steel—The most common type of steel used for textiles, medical equipment, house decorations, and food preparation.
  • Martensitic Steel—This is another common type found in kitchenware, engines, knives, and screws.
  • Duplex Steel—This is a more complex type used mainly for construction, transportation, and desalination plants.

Commercial steel for everyday items is easy to find and apply to areas like home spaces, decorations, and patio furniture. Some companies provide you with the opportunity to incorporate elements into your daily life, from details like table legs to bed frames.

Environmentally Friendly

When it comes to environmentally friendly materials, steel is at the top of the list. There are no differences between brushed and polished stainless steel because both are eligible for recycling. Every element and detail, from screws to large kitchen counters, has properties that allow it to go to the process plant and become a new and fresh item.

Reusing materials, especially recycled ones, adds a special value to every product. Working with metals and materials that melt only at high temperatures is risky, but decreasing the over-exploitation of mines and minerals has no comparison.

Plenty of benefits come with using products made with stainless steel, and whether it’s brushed or polished, steel can make your life easier and upgrade your home. Finding what you need from the experts will allow you to implement anything you want with the help and guidance of professionals.

The Difference Between Polished and Brushed Stainless Steel

Cleaning Products Not to Use on Stainless Steel

Cleaning is essential to prevent health problems and make everything look nice and fresh, especially at home. Cleaning products have different properties that focus on detailing various objects, some of which could cause damage.

Learning to take care of certain objects like furniture or kitchen appliances is essential to ensure functionality and extend a product’s lifespan. There are various cleaning products you should never use on stainless steel to optimize and avoid problems with these products.

Steel Wool Balls

Steel wool is the perfect object to deep clean some products and remove stains left from different liquids like oil and grease because of its strong and durable qualities. Steel is a resistant metal, but it is easy to scratch and damage with the wrong products; steel wool balls will leave marks all over your stainless steel that are almost impossible to remove.

Abrasive Solutions

Some liquids can damage and weaken your stainless steel products, especially when they contain abrasive solutions. Quartz, marble, and sometimes even volcanic ash come in cleaning products to remove any stains or contaminants in your space. Scrubbing powders are another example of abrasive solutions that immediately damage stainless steel.

Chlorine Products

Cleaners for everyday processes normally contain chlorine because it is an effective and quick way of getting rid of viruses and bacteria that could cause sickness. Chlorine is the best cleaner for floors. When you mix it with an ambiance refresher, your home will look and smell clean for days. Be careful when cleaning around your furniture, especially the ones with brushed stainless steel legs, because you could mildly damage them, taking away their shine.

Glass Cleaners

This is the perfect example of a product that only works well with specific materials like glass. Glass cleaner is a product you should never use on stainless steel; it will leave your mirrors and windows looking new but will damage your stainless steel and leave dark stains. Some products might seem harmless, and the damage they produce is neither outstanding nor pleasant.

Salty Water

Depending on the area and state where you live, the water could contain high levels of sodium, damaging your stainless steel. Stainless steel is very resistant, that’s why many kitchen sinks are made with this material. However, stainless steel sinks will permanently stain if not cleaned properly. The best way to clean a kitchen sink is with a specialized stainless steel solution.

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