Early 1900s Galvanised Steel Washing Tub
Modern Stainless Steel Washing Machine Drum
The first metal tubs for washing began appearing in the early 1900s, made from galvanized steel. These tended to rust after a relatively short period of time. It is estimated that nowadays the average family of 4 does 250 cycles of washing per year which requires a particularly resistant material when in contact with water and other harsh washing chemicals.
Grade 430 (1.4016) stainless steel is the standard material used for the washing machine drum. Its formability and corrosion resistance make it the ideal material to keep our clothes clean and spinning for longer.
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