Answers To The Most Common Questions Asked About Steel 


As steel has become wildly used throughout the world there has become a range of questions surrounding the use of this versatile material. Here at Stan Dawson, we are proud to be one of the leading steel suppliers in Newcastle and for this reason, we believe we are the perfect solution for finding answers for some of these commonly asked questions


How do I clean stainless steel? 


To clean a stainless steel surface take a microfiber cloth and lightly dampen it with cold water. Next, wipe down the stainless steel surface thoroughly until the fingerprint or other marks are no longer visible. Imediently takes a dry microfiber cloth and wipes the stainless steel to remove all moisture from the surface leaving you with a perfectly clean steel every time. 


How is steel made? 


Stainless steel first starts its life as iron ore which is mined from the ground. From there it is then smelted within a furnace where all the impurities are removed and carbon is added. This liquid is then cooled to create steel. 


When was steel invented? 


220 AD


How do I polish stainless steel? 


To polish a stainless steel surface simply apply a generous amount of white vinegar to the surface. Next to us a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surface (Go with the grain) until no excess vinegar is left on the surface. Next, take a soft cloth and wipe down the surface for a second time to achieve those sparkling results. 


what is 18/10 stainless steel?


This refers to the consistency that the stainless steel is made out of. 18:10 will mean 18% of the steel is a chromium and 10% is nickel. 


How do I remove scratches from stainless steel?


Buffing light scratches out of stainless steel is very simple, firstly find the grain of the steel to by looking closely at the material. Make sure you work with the grain and not against the grain as this may cause further damage to the stainless steel. Next, take some teeth whitening toothpaste and mix with water to create a smooth paste. From there you can take a microfiber cloth and rub the smooth paste into the scratches. Apply more paste when needed and rub into the scratch is buffed away. Now use a wet town to wipe the excess paste away leaving you with a scratchless surface. 


How to clean stainless steel cutlery?


To clean stainless steel cutlery its seen as a best practice to clean them using a dishwasher regularly. This ensures that minimal food waste and other dirt builds upon them over time. It is always good to properly dry the cutlery before putting them away. On top of this everyday maintenance, you can soak a cloth in white vinegar and rum them down until spotless. From there wash with water and dry before storage. 


What temperature does steel melt? 


1370 Degrees Centigrade 


How to cut stainless steel? 


It can be very challenging to cut steel within your own home, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. It may be best to purchase your steel from a reputable builder merchant and from their your steel can be cut to order. 


How to clean rust off stainless steel? 


Removing rust from steel may just be a whole lot simpler than you would think! Firstly, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with two cups of water then apply this solution to the rust using an old or unused toothbrush. Give it time to and you should find that the rust can be gently lifted off the stainless steel. Use a wet paper town to wipe the rust of the steel surface. 


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