Why does rust form and how can we combat it?

Why does rust form and how can we combat it?

Everybody knows that rust forms on ferrous materials, becoming like a lumpy, reddish coating, but not everyone knows why: rust is actually a spontaneous compound generated by the iron oxidation process, in the presence of oxygen in the air and in water.

Iron oxides form on the surface that then flake away and no longer remain attached to the surface: the layer of rust crumbles away revealing the underlying part which then continues to be exposed to the process until it gets completely worn away.

The most common way to defend iron and steel from rusting is to apply a protective coating, physically isolating the metal’s surface from the air and from humidity, until this protective layer wears away. All of Gimi’s clothes dryers are coated with epoxy powders with this same goal – to withstand the moisture contained in the items hung out to dry.

A more efficient – and costly – method is the galvanizing process, covering the metal with a layer of zinc. Discover the galvanized clothes dryer that’s more rust-resistant. For even more reassurance when hanging laundry outdoors or in damp environments, it is recommended to choose products made from stainless steel or aluminium. Discover MAX, the stainless steel clothes dryer.