Four Tips to Care For Any Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stainless steel water bottles are durable, non-leaching and non-reactive to most drinks. Most are designed to last for years and many are designed to provide a lifetime of service. A few are even rugged enough to be placed in campfires and used for heating soup or beverages. Still, there are some things that can damage even a top quality bottle. Some of these are common knowledge items and some are things that people might never think of. For the record, here are some tips to help make any water bottle last as long as it can.
First, get a sleeve for the outside of the bottle. Yes the graphics on the outside of the bottle are beautiful, but normal wear and tear will soon scratch that pretty finish. To make it last, get either a neoprene or insulated cover made from another material like quilted cotton or nylon. There are a couple of added benefits from covers: they act as insulators to help keep beverages hot or cold longer, and second, they often come with a shoulder strap that makes carrying some of the larger bottles much easier.
The Second tip is to never try to freeze anything inside the bottle. Many of us are used to putting plastic bottles into the freezer to produce a very cold beverage. Stainless steel water bottles are different and much less forgiving of the freezer. Water or other fluids will expand when frozen and that expansion can be enough to burst a metal bottle. In fact, a double-walled bottle may show no outward signs of bursting, but may have suffered an internal rupture that would allow fluids to enter the space between the walls and thereby render the bottle useless.