How to Care for Your Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is used widely in lab equipment. Many items and parts are made out of stainless steel because it is corrosion-resistant, easy to clean, and it is also recyclable. Because of the mentioned characteristics, stainless steel is an adored material in the manufacturing industry as well as laboratories. Thus, it’s no surprise when you stumble upon a stainless steel laboratory.  There are two types of stainless steel that are currently used today: 

  • Type 304: used for chemical processing equipment, such as food and dairy industries, heat exchangers, and milder chemicals. 
  • Type 316: contains a component named molybdenum that is used to control pit-type attacks. Hence, it is more resistant to corrosion compared to 304. Additionally, this type of stainless steel is used for chemical and pulp handling equipment, photographic equipment, processing of food and beverages, dispensing equipment, and equipment that will be used in salt water. 
  • Type 316L: this type of stainless steel possesses low carbon modification. The argon shield prevents oxidation and promises a cleaner and stronger weld. 

The Benefits of Stainless Steel 

Apart from its high resistance to corrosion, there are a few reasons why many opted to utilize stainless steel. 

  • Temperature resistant

High and low temperatures are not a bother to stainless steel. Some possess high resistance scaling and maintain their durability at high temperatures while some would display toughness in low temperatures. 

  • Easy to configure

Most stainless steels are able to be cut, welded, formed, machined, as well as fabricated readily. 

  • Strength

Due to its durability, stainless steel is used in extreme conditions, such as in cold weather, salt waters, hot weather, and many more. This reduces weight and costs when companies are spending. 

  • Appeal

Stainless steel can look whatever you want it to due to its many surface finishes. Hence, displaying a high quality and pleasing look. 

  • Durability

Due to its long life, companies don’t have to worry about its maintenance. It is a less costly material and affordable when it needs to be replaced. 

How to Care for Your Stainless Steel

  • Use the Right Tools: Be mindful to use a tool that is non-abrasive. Use soft cloths and plastics so that the steel’s surface level wouldn’t be harmed. 
  • Polish Lines: Some stainless steels have polishing lines, also known as ‘grain’. Scrub your stainless steel according to the lines’ motion. If the lines aren’t visible, use a soft cloth. 
  • Use the right cleaners: Use alkaline, alkaline chlorinated, or non-chloride-containing cleaners with the right amount.
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