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Why stainless steel is perfect for the outdoors?

Stainless steel is one of the most durable materials used in architecture and design today.  It is strong and light, practical and durable.  Stainless steel features a specific combination of metals that makes it highly resistant to corrosion and rust.

Stainless is actually a generic term that describes many grades of low carbon steel containing at least 10% chromium.  The chromium gives stainless steel its corrosion resistance.  The chromium combines with oxygen to form an invisible layer of chromium oxide that is self-protective and resists corrosion.  If the surface becomes damaged, the chromium-oxide layer reforms within minutes and heals itself. (Generally resistant to corrosion and rust, stainless steel can be adversely affected by salt water and salt air and continuous exposure to chlorinated water).

Most blomus designs are 18/8 stainless steel, which is comprised of 18% chromium and 8% nickel.  This is also known as type 304 (grade 304), and is one of the most common grades, suitable for food preparation and dining, and recommended for outdoor furnishings. 

Amazingly, rain helps stainless steel to resist corrosion by rinsing corrosive contaminants off of the stainless steel surface.  Obviously, the longer a contaminant rests on the surface of the stainless steel, the more likely it is to work through the chromium oxide layer.  Regular cleaning with water or a stainless steel cleaner also helps to remove the contaminants, and in the case of a ss cleaner, protect the surface of the item.   

Its resistance to corrosion and staining makes stainless steel an ideal material for outdoors.  With proper care and maintenance, stainless steel offers durability and weather friendly surfaces that will beautifully last for years to come.

Shop www.blomus.us for beautiful stainless designs that will accent any garden.

Information and excerpts taken from:

http://www.imoa.info/download_files/stainless-steel/folder_which_stainless_steel_EN.pdf

http://casuallivingsc.com/stainlesssteel_outdoorfurniture_outdoorlivingessentials.php

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