The phrase Commercial Kitchen conjures up images of sleek, aluminium pans, glittering work surfaces, and busy rooms decked top to bottom in lush stainless steel. This image is so regular that no matter whose kitchen you step in, you’re bound to get the eerie sensation that you’ve been there before. The use of stainless steel everywhere makes them all look very similar. But why is the material so popular?
In short, stainless steel is the standard for all kitchen furnishings and equipment for three key reasons:
- It’s highly durable
- It’s easy to maintain
- Its properties make it ideal for food preparation
Together, these reasons make the material ideal for catering professionals, who need the balance of high performance and low maintenance. But make no mistake, it isn’t perfect. Read on to better understand the unique qualities of stainless steel and how to get the most of it for years to come.
Steel on its own is already a very tough metal, and its refusal to bend or crack makes it very suitable for professional use. The stainless aspect comes from its combination with chromium, which reacts with the air to form a layer of chromium oxide on its surface. This protects the steel from air and moisture, and prevents the material from rusting.
Stainless steel is also able to withstand high temperatures, and its fire resistance makes it perfect for use near the array of cooking equipment in a kitchen.
The high durability of stainless steel makes it a lot easier to maintain. The only real damage that can be done to it is scratching, which can be removed with copper or metal cleaners. As long as it’s regularly washed, rinsed and dried, you’ll find it can last for a very long time.
Here are some quick tips for proper stainless steel maintenance:
- Rinse your surfaces after cleaning. Dirty water can leave a residue and can stain or damage your worktops
- Wipe up spills with a towel before they have time to set. Dirt and grime can stick to surface if not dealt with
- Avoid using cleaning solutions containing bleach, they can stain and damage stainless steel
- Take care not to use steel wool or steel brushes on your surfaces. They’ll likely scratch them, making them more susceptible to rusts and stains
- Scrub with the grain – Some stainless steels have a grain finish, and when cleaning be sure to scrub in the same direction as the grain. Otherwise the surface may be susceptible to streaks
Perfect for preparing food
The biggest reason for using stainless steel in kitchens should be no surprise; it works great with food! With all the steam produced in your kitchen there’s a lot of moisture going around. And if you were to use porous materials like wood, there’d be opportunity for bacteria to grow. Stainless steel is nonporous, and so bacteria and viruses have no place to spring up.
The chromium oxide layer also makes it non-corrosive and non-reactive. That means it’s safe for preparing and cooking acidic foods. With stainless steel, the risk of contamination is far reduced. And for food serving, stainless steel is a good heat insulator and therefore ideal for hot cupboards and buffet lines.
Every kitchen surface
Wherever you look in a commercial kitchen there’s shimmering stainless steel. From workbenches to sinks, storage cupboards, gantries, racks, shelves and trollies. If you haven’t already, investing in stainless steel ensures the safety and efficiency of your kitchen equipment for years to come. Find a comprehensive range of stainless steel furnishings for your kitchen here.