Stainless steel is a smooth grey metal which is an iron alloy that contains a minimum of 10.5% chromium. The chromium produces a thin layer of oxide on the surface on the steel, known as the passive layer, that resists rust and prevents any corrosion of the surface. The more chromium that is present, the higher the resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel also contains varying amounts of carbon, silicon and manganese.
Properties and qualities
Stainless steel is very resistant to corrosion. It is a strong metal that is more durable than most sheet metals. It therefore requires few maintenance and replacement costs.
How does it feel?
Stainless steel is smooth to touch.
Stainless steel items can be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth.