Satin vs. Polished Tensabarrier Metal Finish in High Traffic Areas

When deciding to purchase a queue management system, the stanchion finish is sometimes one of the last, but most important decisions. Tensabarrier stanchions come in a variety of finishes to fit the functional and aesthetic needs of your business. One of the most popular color choices on the market today is silver, which we offer in several finish options: polished chrome, satin chrome, polished stainless steel, and satin stainless steel. A polished finish in chrome or stainless steel gives a shiny, classic and traditional feel to any space. Satin finishes in chrome or stainless steel have a brushed look and more modern appearance.

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When choosing between a polished or satin finish for your queue management system in heavy traffic areas—such as a hotel lobby, restaurant, or retail store—which option is the best choice? Both finishes are extremely durable and will add style and elegance to your space. A satin finish, however, is easier to clean, maintain, and will appear “like new” for longer than a polished finish.

Here we have a several examples of polished chrome stanchions in a high traffic area. Polished chrome looks very similar to polished stainless steel with its shiny and reflective appearance.

As you can see from the pictures, the polished finish is prone to showing scuff marks and will also show watermarks if cleaned with a wet cloth. If a location does not have the staff or resources to regularly clean and maintain the stanchions, they can appear dirty and unprofessional.

Tensabarrier polished chrome or stainless steel

A polished finish in chrome or stainless steel gives a shiny, classic and traditional feel to any space.

Below is an example of satin finish, which has a brushed appearance. Because of the brushing, satin finishes do not show as much scuffing or staining.

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Tensabarrier Satin finish

Satin finish has a brushed appearance and because of the brushing, satin finishes do not show as much scuffing or staining.

Satin chrome or stainless steel stanchions require less regular cleaning in order to preserve their original brushed appearance and would be a great low-maintenance choice in a high traffic area. We are ready to answer any questions you have and can assist you with selecting the best stanchion finish for your space.