Benefits of Stainless-Steel Lab Cabinets
March 28, 2019 | Lab Cabinets

Benefits of Stainless-Steel Lab Cabinets

Laboratories are not all identical. There are some with basic requirements, Electro Static Dissipative requirements, or clean room requirements. Still, there are some labs that require microbial protection or sterilization processes for the work they do. Specialized laboratory furniture is required for these labs. In these laboratory environments, stainless steel lab wall cabinets and furniture are the “must have” option. The reason this material is considered a go-to choice for these labs is the unique properties it provides making it the perfect fit.

Top Benefits of stainless steel Include:

Fungal and Bacterial Resistance

Stainless steel lab wall cabinets have a non-porous work surface, which means that no fungus, mold, bacteria, or liquids can penetrate it. There is nowhere for fungi, bacteria, and dirt to hide. When practicing regular routine sanitation processes, there is a significant reduction in the risk of cross-contamination or germs spreading.

Chemical Resistance

There is a significant chemical resistance with stainless steel. Most solvents, organic chemicals, biological stains, and salts are never an issue. Also, there are no issues with some bases and acids as well. It is not recommended to use a few harsh bases (sodium hydroxide) and acids (acetic acid, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid) with stainless steel.

Moisture Resistance

Stainless steel lab wall cabinets are made of low carbon steel which consists of nickel and chromium. Moisture is never an issue with stainless steel because rust never is an issue. What this means is that this material is perfect for sinks, wet labs, as well as strong liquid-based sterilization processes.

Heat Resistance

Cabinets created with stainless steel are heat resistant as well. This is due to the nickel found in this material that gives it the resistance. In fact, stainless steel lab wall cabinets can withstand continuous heat exposure in excess temperatures of above 1500 °F. Although prolonged high temperature may cause some discoloration, it can sustain the heat. What this means is that labs using open flames, like Bunsen burners, are an ideal place for stainless steel.

Durability

Stainless steel lab wall cabinets are very impact-resistant because of the metal composition of the steel. In most labs, there is typically much movement of equipment and tools. While this material can be dented, puncturing it is extremely difficult. And although stainless steel is not scratch resistant, you can count on its aesthetic beauty to remain for a long period of time.

Sustainability

Today, where issues with the environment are more important than ever, stainless steel is the better choice as it is a recyclable material. Nickel, chromium, and molybdenum are the main alloying elements of this material and are very valuable and can be recovered and separated easily.

Laboratory furniture and equipment are major investments, so it is important to learn what product is best for your specific lab application. By making the right choice, your lab wall cabinets will be durable, functional, and last for years to come. Contact us to learn how we can help you find the perfect lab furniture for your space.