11 May 2023
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If you have decided to go with a classic stainless steel finish to match your washroom design, you may be wondering which style of stainless steel for your washroom products would suit it best.
As a manufacturer of commercial washroom products, Dolphin Solutions has in-depth knowledge of the differences between satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel, as well as expertise in other types of finishes used in washroom appliances. We can provide detailed information on the characteristics, durability, and maintenance requirements of each finish and help you decide which is the perfect style for your washroom design.
In this blog, we will explain the differences between satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel for washroom products, and which one is best for your commercial washroom project.
Satin Finish Stainless Steel
A satin stainless steel finish is a less reflective, matte finish that gives the product a smooth and silky texture. This finish is achieved by brushing the surface of the washroom product with a fine abrasive material, which creates small, uniform lines or grains on the surface. A satin finish is ideal for creating a more traditional or classic look in the washroom.
Mirror Polish Stainless Steel
A mirror polish finish is a highly reflective, shiny finish that gives the washroom product a mirror-like appearance. This finish is achieved by polishing the surface of the product with a series of abrasive materials until it becomes very smooth and reflective. Mirror polish stainless steel is ideal for creating a sleek and modern look in the washroom.
There are a few ways to tell the difference between a satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel:
A satin stainless steel finish will have a more soft and matte appearance with a subtle texture, while a mirror polish finish will have a highly reflective and shiny appearance.
A satin finish will scatter the light and produce a more diffuse reflection. In contrast, mirror polished stainless steel will reflect light like a mirror, creating a clear and sharp reflection of objects.
A satin finish will have a fine grain or brushed texture that is visible when viewed up close, while a mirror polish finish will be smooth and free of visible lines or grains.
4. Surface imperfections
A satin finish is more forgiving in terms of surface imperfections and may hide them better, while a mirror polish finish will show fingerprints and smudges more easily due to its high reflectivity.
The best way to tell the difference between a satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel is to visually compare them side by side and observe the differences in their appearance, reflection, and texture. You should also consult with the washroom manufacturer to understand the finish specifications.
Which stainless steel finish is more durable and easier to clean?
When comparing a satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel, both are durable, resistant to corrosion and an excellent choice for washroom products that are exposed to water and moisture.
In terms of maintenance, mirror polish stainless steel may require more upkeep to maintain its shiny appearance and may show fingerprints and water spots more easily than a satin finish.
A satin stainless steel finish, on the other hand, is more forgiving in terms of maintenance and may be easier to clean and maintain over time.
Which washroom products are available in both stainless steel finishes?
Most commercial washroom products come in a satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel, and here are just a few to give you an idea:
- Baby changing station stainless steel
- Stainless steel shower curtain pole
- Stainless steel sanitary bin
- Stainless steel Doc M pack
- Mini jumbo toilet roll dispenser stainless steel
- Stainless steel toilet brush holder set
and so much more!
Which finish is best for your washroom, mirror polish or satin stainless steel?
When choosing between satin finish and mirror polish stainless steel for your washroom products, it is essential to consider the design style and maintenance requirements.
While both finishes are durable, resistant to corrosion, and available in a wide variety of washroom products, they have distinct differences in appearance, reflection, texture, and maintenance requirements.
A satin finish has a velvety texture with a matte appearance while the mirror polish stainless steel is highly reflective and shiny. By visually comparing them side by side and consulting with a washroom manufacturer, you can decide which finish is the perfect fit for your commercial washroom project.