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Do Stainless Steel Pegs Rust?

Do stainless steel pegs rust? The short answer is, it depends on the type of stainless steel.

Stainless steel pegs are a fantastic, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional pegs, but their ability to resist rust varies based on their composition and the conditions they're exposed to.

In this article, we will explore the reasons why Activated Eco's stainless steel pegs excel in rust resistance and durability, making them a superior choice.

So, buckle up as we dive into the world of stainless steel grades and discover which option can keep your pegs shiny and rust-free!

What this article covers:

Will Stainless Steel Pegs Rust?

The likelihood of stainless steel pegs rusting hinges primarily on the grade of stainless steel used. Not all stainless steels are created equal, and their rust resistance varies significantly. In the sections that follow, we will investigate each type of steel so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing pegs.

Types of Stainless Steel

Each type of stainless steel has a different material makeup, each one offering varying levels of corrosion resistance. Let's explore the three main grades commonly used in stainless steel pegs: 201, 316 Marine, and 304 grades.

201 Grade Stainless Steel

201 grade stainless steel is a type of high-alloy steel with moderate corrosion resistance. It's cheap, thanks to its lower nickel content. It is comprised of 16-18% chromium, 5.50-7.50% manganese, and 3.50-5.50% nickel.

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Based on our observations, its inferior composition makes it less ideal for use in environments where exposure to corrosive elements, like saltwater, is frequent.

304 Grade Stainless Steel

304 grade stainless steel is a commonly used form of steel. Its chemical composition includes 18-20% chromium and 8-10.5% nickel. It balances corrosion resistance, mechanical properties, and cost-effectiveness, offering decent corrosion, and heat resistance.

316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel

316 marine grade stainless steel is a superior form of stainless steel, known for its enhanced corrosion resistance, with properties that can withstand harsh environments.

This grade is an upgrade from the 304 grade, with the addition of molybdenum and a slightly higher nickel content. Our research indicates that the chemical composition of this steel includes 16-18% chromium, 10-13% nickel, and 2-3% molybdenum.

Its mechanical properties remain robust even at elevated temperatures. Plus, they offer excellent performance in oxidizing environments.

At Activated Eco, we understand the importance of durability and environmental responsibility, which is why our steel pegs are made from 316 Marine grade stainless steel. These pegs are not only eco-friendly, with no plastic components, but also versatile for both indoor and outdoor use.

Our pegs are designed to be environmentally sound, aligning with our ethos of sustainability. They are resistant to rust, enduring through various weather conditions, and have the ability to repel heat, making them ideal for use even in direct sunlight.

We are so confident in the quality of our products that we offer a lifetime guarantee on our pegs. This assurance reflects our belief in providing solutions that you can depend on for the long term.

Last but not least, the wide opening of our pegs guarantees a robust grip on any laundry item. Whether it's jeans, blankets, sheets, towels, or other bulky items, our pegs are designed to hold them securely in place until you're ready to take them down.

Do Stainless Steel Pegs Overheat?

Contrary to common concerns, stainless steel pegs do not overheat, even on the hottest summer days.

The reason they don't overheat lies in their material properties. Stainless steel is a poor conductor of heat. This means that it takes a long time to heat up and to a limit.

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This property is particularly beneficial in Australia, where temperatures can soar, yet our pegs remain safe and comfortable to touch.

Can Steel Clothes Pegs Withstand Windy Conditions?

Our findings show that, yes, stainless steel clothes pegs are designed to withstand turbulent weather. This makes them the best clothes pegs for windy conditions.

Specifically, certain stainless steel pegs (our large variety of stainless steel infinity clothes pegs, for example) are crafted with a slightly larger wire diameter, around 2mm, which provides additional strength and grip.

This design ensures that the pegs can maintain a firm hold on the laundry, preventing clothes from being blown away or falling off the line.

How Many Stainless Steel Pegs Should I Buy?

This largely depends on your household size and laundry habits. For a small household with 1-2 people, a box of 40 pegs is generally sufficient.

For larger households, (four or more people), it's advisable to opt for 60-80 pegs. This ensures that you have enough pegs to handle larger laundry loads and the increased frequency of washing.

Additionally, purchasing a larger pack, such as 100 pegs, can be beneficial even for smaller households. Extra pegs can be useful for other purposes like in the kitchen, for camping, or even as gifts. It's always better to have a few extra pegs on hand for unexpected needs or to replace any that might be misplaced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Stainless Steel Pegs Leave Marks on Clothes?

When it comes to pegs that don't mark clothes, stainless steel pegs are designed to hold clothes securely without leaving significant marks. Their rounded design minimises the risk of unsightly indentations.

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How long do stainless steel pegs last?

With proper care, high-quality stainless steel pegs can last a lifetime. This makes them the best clothes pegs money can buy.

How to store or care for stainless steel pegs?

To maintain their quality and extend their lifespan, rinse the pegs after use, dry them thoroughly, and store them in a dry location.


When it comes to rust, we've learned that not all stainless steels are equal, with grades like 201, 304, and the superior 316 offering varying levels of rust resistance.

The 316 marine grade, with its high nickel content and molybdenum, stands out as the most rust-resistant, making it ideal for coastal areas or places with high saline exposure.

Here at Activated Eco, our commitment to durability and environmental responsibility shines through in our 316 Marine grade stainless steel pegs.

These pegs are not just eco-friendly and plastic-free, but also designed to withstand various climatic challenges, from extreme heat without overheating to strong winds without losing their grip.

Explore our range and make a positive impact with every load of laundry! 

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