Stainless steel is used in many different industries for more applications than can be accounted for. While stainless steel is a very diverse and well-used product, we realize that not many people know a lot about it, which is why we want to introduce you to these five fun facts about the material:
- Stainless steel can be recycled—A large percentage of the world’s stainless steel is recycled, making it one of the top recyclable products. Additionally, steel byproducts, like processing liquids, mill scale, and steelmaking slags, can be recycled.
- There is such a thing as stainless steel “soap”—Unlike regular soap, stainless steel soap cannot kill bacteria and germs. However, when rubbed on the hands, it can almost instantly remove strong smells, like those from fish, onion, or garlic.
- Stainless steel can be magnetic—Generally speaking, stainless steel is not a magnetic material. However, depending on the composition of the steel, it can take on magnetic qualities. For instance, martensitic steel can exhibit magnetic properties, which it takes on during its hardening process.
- It can be worn—Steel mesh is pliable and fine enough to wear, and many manufacturers use it to create touchscreen gloves for the tech industry.
- Stainless steel contracts and expands—When stainless steel structures are created, thermal expansion has to be accounted for because it can contract and expand depending on its temperature. One of the best examples of this phenomenon is how the Eiffel Tower is shorter on cold days and taller on warm days.