What makes stainless steel the ideal choice for hygiene equipment?

Stainless steel is one of the most versatile materials on the market.

Found in everything from the cutlery we eat with to the tables we work at and the equipment we use daily, it’s the metal of choice of industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage.

But what makes it so special, and why is it the no.1 choice for such hygienic environments?

Here, Stainless Steel Manufacturing & Equipment (SSME) reveal everything you need to know about stainless steel hygiene equipment.

What is stainless steel?

Stainless steel is an iron alloy with at least 10.5% chromium.

Chromium produces a passivation layer (a thin chromium oxide film on the surface that prevents corrosion), and the higher the chromium content, the more corrosion resistance it will provide.

The metal contains various other elements, including carbon, silicon, and manganese. However, the exact components and ratios of stainless steel vary depending on the grade requested and the intended use of the steel.

For example, nickel can be added to increase resistance to corrosion whilst molybdenum improves formability, making it easier to re-shape and form the metal without causing lasting damage.

How is stainless steel used for hygiene equipment?

Any equipment you use in a sterile environment needs to be easy to clean, not only for convenience but to reduce the risk of harmful bacteria contaminating the consumer.

In addition to this, surfaces need to be non-absorbent to ensure that pesky germs and bacteria can be wiped away with ease.

Stainless steel provides a durable solution for equipment, machinery, and furniture in most industries – but particularly those with strict hygiene requirements.

Commonly described as a self-healing metal, it can maintain its structure and usability in even the most challenging of environments.

At SSME, we manufacture and supply an extensive range of stainless steel products – ranging from food conveyor belts that are quick and easy to sanitise to boot washers that prevent the spread of contamination from people’s footwear.

Also available to purchase is hygiene equipment, such as drainage gullies, sterilisers, waste bins, and hose reels.

To find out more about the stainless steel equipment we provide for hygienic settings, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why is stainless steel used in hygienic equipment?

There are lots of reasons why stainless steel is the first choice for strict hygiene conditions. One of the biggest benefits is that it has a hard metallic surface which makes it difficult for bacteria, mould, and microorganisms to survive.

Stainless steel is also easy to clean and sanitise, even after years of service. Unlike copper alloys and silver coatings, it won’t alter over time.

Another reason why stainless steel is the preferred option for hygiene equipment is that it’s inert. This means the risk of chemical leaching or reaction is minimised.

With no pores, cracks, or open spaces for bacteria to accumulate, stainless steel equipment is ideal for fast-paced environments where deep cleans and sanitisation aren’t always practical.

Resistant to most external factors such as dents, scratches and nicks, equipment that’s made of stainless steel is safe to use in cleanrooms. Plus, it can withstand high and low temperatures, as well as water, meaning it won’t melt or bend.

Purchase stainless steel hygiene equipment today

SSME has been providing stainless steel hygiene equipment for many years. With a fantastic selection of products to choose from, we’re confident we can help you meet stringent health and safety standards – regardless of whether you work in a hospital, food production plant, factory, or laboratory.

For more information about our equipment and which suits your needs best, give us a call on 0121 661 6346. Our team is always on hand to help and will be more than happy to assist.

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