Kitchens with glass fronts or glass work tops are bright and sophisticated, in elegant matt or glossy versions. They offer a vast range of aesthetic possibilities, including very colourful models, in addition to being resistant and durable.
What Types of Glass Can be Used in the Kitchen?
Glass is the result of the fusion of different natural substances, primarily silicon dioxide. To ensure that it is perfectly safe for use in the kitchen, it is subjected to a secondary treatment at extremely high temperatures. This process transforms it into resistant and elastic tempered glass that absorbs to impacts and, in the event it breaks, shatters it into a myriad of small and harmless fragments that remain attached to the front for increased safety. All edges are ground, smoothed and polished.
Characteristics of Glass
Glass used in the kitchen introduces a strong aesthetic that responds to a range of different styles, from elegant to minimalist to decorated, with polished or matt (acid-etched) finishes. What is more, glass is recyclable and environmentally friendly. In terms of day to day management, it offers protection against liquids, which is does not absorb, and ensures:
- guaranteed hygiene because it is non-porous
- high resistance to scratching
- optimum resistance to stains
- optimum resistance to heat
- impermeabillity to liquids
- elevated resistance to deterioration
Glass Kitchen Fronts
Glass kitchen fronts are always fixed to a frame, either exposed of concealed. Doimo Cucine, for example, offers versions in exposed perimeter frames in aluminium or fixed using an adhesive sealant to concealed aluminium frames. The thickness of the fronts and the finish of the glass vary from collection to collection. Glass is available in wired or transparent versions in various colours, from acid-etched to decorated, and always tempered. The same glass panes are also commonly used to create cabinetry shelving.
How to Clean a Glass Kitchen
To clean exposed glass surfaces in the kitchen, use a soft cloth and a detergent created specifically for glass, followed by a thorough rinse, or use a slightly damp and tepid micro fibre cloth. In all cases make to carefully dry all surfaces. Remember that painted glass elements, in other words the non-visible interiors of kitchen fronts, can only be dusted clean using a micro fibre cloth, and never treated with detergents. To remove eventual stains, dilute ethyl alcohol or domestic ammonia (max. 30%) in water (distilled if possible).
- placing hot objects on glass surfaces without using a trivet or other suitable insulating material, for example countertop appliances that tend to overheat glass surfaces
- using knives or sharp utensils directly on the steel surface
- using scouring pads, abrasive substances, powder detersives or detergents containing acids, in particular hydrofluoric acid, as well as alcohol, ammonia or products containing acidic or limescale removing substances