Three Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Stainless Steel

Most people know that stainless steel is one of the world’s most versatile and durable products, but there are a few things about this amazing alloy that we bet you didn’t know! Read on….

Stainless Steel Expands and Contracts

Although stainless steel has a very high temperature resistance compared to other metals, it still expands and contracts when the temperature varies significantly. Because of this, construction companies have to allow for thermal expansion when creating a steel frame for a building.

Stainless Steel Can Be Made Into Soap!

Yes, you read that correctly! Many reputable companies make stainless steel soap, which is actually a block of stainless steel in the shape of a bar of soap. And while it doesn’t lather, or kill bacteria and germs like regular soap, it can, when rubbed onto your hands, completely neutralise the smell of onions, garlic or fish. No one is exactly sure why this works – some researchers believe that stainless steel binds to Sulphur compounds in certain substances, while others say that the nickel in steel causes ionization, and this tricks your nose into thinking the smell has disappeared!

Stainless Steel Can Be Made Into Clothes!

Stainless steel is incredibly ductile, meaning it can be drawn out into a thin wire without losing any of its strength. It can then be made into a fine, pliable mesh that’s soft enough to wear. Because steel clothing is resistant to radiation and heat, it is often used in the textile and electrical industries.

Steel thread is a key component in the tech industry, and is often used to make touchscreen gloves as they conduct electricity in a way that mimics a finger’s electrical current.

Stainless steel fibers are also sometimes woven into carpet. This prevents the buildup of static electricity, which in turn reduces the occurrence of static electric shock.

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