Monochromatic stainless steel refers to the silver painted handles and trim of certain stainless steel appliances. Because the entire appliance is silver, it is considered to be monochromatic or of one color. Therefore, monochromatic stainless steel should be considered more of a design than an actual type of stainless steel. In normal stainless steel appliances, the trim and handles are black instead of silver.Know More
Some monochromatic stainless steel appliances, namely refrigerators, have a finish over their steel portions in addition to their silver painted trim and handles. Kenmore and Kitchen-Aid are some companies that are offering refrigerators that have a magnetic vinyl coating which helps to eliminate fingerprints and other smudges while allowing the fridge to hold magnets, something stainless steel appliances cannot do.
Unfortunately, monochromatic stainless steel refrigerators that have a vinyl covering cannot be maintained as easily as regular stainless steel. Scratches can be buffed out with fine-toothed sandpaper on regular stainless steel; however, this same process would take off more of the vinyl and ruin the overall look of a coated monochromatic stainless steel fridge. That being said, monochromatic stainless steel appliances are generally less expensive than regular stainless steel. As of September 2014, The Home Depot offers numerous stainless steel fridges ranging from $1,000 to roughly $2,000 dollars depending on the design.Learn more about Interior Decorating
The most effective way to clean tarnished stainless steel cutlery is to soak it in a solution of hot water and ammonia. This two-hour process requires a bucket, hot water, soft towels, a microfiber cloth, latex gloves and a disposable filter mask.Full Answer >
Stainless steel does not tarnish. It does not oxidize as well. Stainless steel has become more popular in body jewelry due to its hypo-allergenic finish and non-reactive surface.Full Answer >
Magnets generally do stick to stainless steel, though exceptions to the rule can be found. Steel is composed mostly of iron, which is often naturally magnetic and can easily be magnetized. Magnetic stainless steel is usually ferritic, with a high iron content and molecular structure that supports a magnetic field.Full Answer >
The difference between chrome and stainless steel is that stainless steel is typically made out of a metal alloy without plating (it does contain either nickel or chromium to make it durable), while chrome is made out of a metal core that is plated with a thin chromium overlay. Chrome and stainless steel are both popular choices in hardware and kitchen appliances.Full Answer >