Laboratories are not all identical. There are some with basic requirements, chemical 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, 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 steel Include:
Fungal and Bacterial Resistance
Steel lab wall and base cabinets have a non-porous 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.
There is a significant chemical resistance with powder coated 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 powder coated steel.
Steel lab wall and base cabinets are made of low carbon steel which consists of iron ore and coal. Moisture is never an issue with low carbon steel because a rust-preventative oil is introduced in the manufacturing process. What this means is that this material is perfect for wet labs, as well as strong liquid-based sterilization processes.
Cabinets created with steel are heat resistant as well. In fact, steel cabinets can withstand temperatures of up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Although prolonged high temperatures will cause discoloration, fatigue and loss of surface strength. What this means is that labs using open flames, like Bunsen burners, are an ideal place for steel cabinetry.
Steel lab wall and base cabinets have a powder coated finish which provides a layer of durability to the steel cabinets. This finish provides for a level of chemical resistance, impact resistance, heat resistance, and moisture resistance. In most labs, there is typically much movement of equipment and tools. While this material can be dented with significant impact, puncturing it is extremely difficult. You can count on its aesthetic beauty to remain for a long period of time.
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 and base cabinets will be durable, functional, and last for many years to come. Contact us to learn how we can help you find the perfect lab furniture for your space.