Early in the development of this Chromium alloy steel when used for cutlery it was described as “Stain less steel”.
The description stainless steel was later adopted to cover a wide and ever growing family of steels with added metals such as Nickel for formability, Molybdenum for corrosion resistance and Copper to enhance properties for making fasteners and Titanium to stabilise.
The main demand for stainless steel really is for corrosion resistance, this will depend on selecting the right grade of stainless steel for the application. Even though stainless steel is designed to be corrosion resistant when correct selection is made this does not repel stains in anyway, this needs to be either brought about by a cleaning routine find out more here, or accept that in day to day usage there will be some build-up of contaminates on the surface. This can look unsightly and can ultimately lead to corrosion.
Stainless steel has many important properties over other non-corrosive materials, including its formability, resistance to fire and recyclability. Some more key properties are listed below:
High and low temperature resistance.
Ease of fabrication.
Stainless steel is a durable
High scrap value.
Many surface finishes
Magnetic & non magnetic
Low life cycle cost