Stainless steel is used in more areas of manufactured homes than is often realized. Appliances, accents, silverware, cookware, towel racks, faucets and many other areas of the home are just a few areas where stainless steel can be found.
If stainless steel appliances fit your style, then choosing a Clayton Built® home could be the smart choice for you. With Clayton's quality homes at affordable prices, customizing a home with these features is a reality within your reach.
So, what exactly is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is a type of alloy. An alloy is a metal composed of multiple metals fused together to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion. Because of this resistance, stainless steel is an ideal material to use throughout your home.
What are the benefits of stainless steel?
Stainless steel is unlikely to corrode, pit, tarnish or deteriorate, meaning stainless steel appliances will maintain appearance and quality.
So, while you are washing the dishes in your sink or cooking on your stove, you can rest assure that your appliances will continue to look their best thanks to the anti-corrosive nature of stainless steel.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable which means that any scrap material that isn’t used when stainless steel appliances are manufactured can be melted down and used. As much as 50% of the stainless steel manufactured in the U.S. is made from melted down, scrap stainless steel.
When you’re finished using your stainless-steel products, you can contact a scrap metal recycler in your area to see if they will recycle it. Some recyclers may charge a fee to recycle appliances or other items that they have to disassemble. You can contact your local solid waste authority if curbside collection is not offered in your area, and they can help you find the nearest collection facility to you.
From a decorative standpoint, stainless steel is sleek and has clean lines. The metallic surface of stainless steel helps reflect the colors that surround it without being overbearing. Regardless of the type of cabinets and countertops you choose for your kitchen, they’ll likely pair well with stainless steel appliances.
Easy to Clean
Stainless steel is used in commercial kitchens and hospitals because of how easy it is to clean. It’s important to clean stainless steel when it comes in contact with dirt or other stains as this can reduce corrosion protection.
Follow these steps to properly and safely clean your stainless steel surfaces:
- Using a sponge or clean cloth, wipe down the surface with warm water.
- If the surface is still dirty, use a mild non-scratching abrasive powder.
- For more aggressive stains, add a small amount of vinegar to the scouring powder.
- Always make sure to rinse the stainless surface with hot water and dry with a clean cloth when you’re done cleaning.
- Avoid using steel brushes, steel wool or any abrasive cleaners on the surface as it can lead to rusting.
What stainless steel options are available in a manufactured home?
Whether you’re looking to outfit your entire kitchen with stainless steel appliances or you want your sinks and faucets to be stainless, there are many options to choose from when deciding the perfect elements for your dream home.
Clayton Built® homes offer quality stainless steel options. Depending upon the home building facility as which the home is built, the following options may be available:
- [Frigidaire®](https://www.claytonhomes.com/studio/frigidaire-appliances-in-clayton-homes) appliances
- Stainless steel sinks
- Over the range vent hood
- Faucets for sinks and bathtubs
- Lighting fixtures
Although the initial costs of stainless steel are typically higher in comparison to other materials, it is often a smart investment because it holds its value. Overall, stainless steel is an environmentally-conscious and quality option for appliances and accents in the home.