Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

True as steel - bathroom and kitchen products from CEA

    Entering the bathroom sector in 1984, as a specialised company in plumbing and installation systems planning, CEA (Centro Energie Alternative) naturally moved into the design sector in 2007 launching the culture of steel, the material that has become synonymous with high-end quality.

    CEA works with AISI 316L for all its taps (L represents low carbon), which prevents impurities from penetrating the alloy structure. AISI 316L is very resistant to corrosion, therefore is ideal for use within coastal and spa areas and wherever pollution is high. Stainless steel is an alloy made by combining iron and carbon that becomes resistant to corrosion from external agents and rust, thanks to passivation, which is a protecting film that steel forms when exposed to air.

    Steel is an inert material (it does not send out substances that are toxic to mankind and the environment when exposed to air or water), which, unlike brass, does not need any further treatment (such as galvanic treatment or varnishing), thus keeping its purity and being extremely hygienic.

    Stainless steel is universally recognised as an eco-friendly material that needs far lower temperatures to be produced in comparison to other metals. CEA adopts cold working methods for stainless steel, with the exclusive help of highly precise numerical control machines. No hot melt treatment is used, which avoids the resulting thermal overheating. The long-term life of the products confirms the eco-friendliness of stainless steel and its mechanical resistance determines the durability of steel and its products. Not only is steel 100% recyclable, but also almost eternal.

    To keep its qualities, steel needs to be cleaned with a soft cloth or sponge and a regular cleaner mixed with some water then rinsed and wiped dry. Any possible water-caused limescale or iron deposit can be easily cleaned with specific products for stainless steel. These are easy to find on the market. Bleach or hydrochloric acid may damage the natural protecting film of stainless steel. It’s also advisable to never use metal scouring pads, which may leave iron residuals leading to rust on the surface. Furthermore, in the case of scratches, steel can be restored both by polishing and sanitising mechanical treatment.

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