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by Sally Burke

If you own a restaurant, you have a kitchen full of expensive industrial-quality equipment. At least some of it is probably stainless steel. To keep your restaurant up and running, you need to ensure that your equipment is cared for properly. You might have heard that stainless steel equipment can't rust or corrode. While that might be technically true, your stainless steel equipment is still prone to damage if it doesn't receive the care it needs. Here are four steps you can take to keep your stainless steel equipment clean and damage-free:

Prevent Metal-to-Metal Contact

When it comes to protecting your stainless steel kitchen equipment, the most important thing you can do is avoid metal-to-metal contact. This is particularly important when it comes to different types of metal. For instance, if you use cast iron pots or skillets in your kitchen, you want to avoid placing them on your stainless steel counters, or in stainless steel sinks. The contact between stainless steel and non-stainless steel metals can damage your stainless steel equipment.

Avoid Harsh Scrubbing

Your customers depend on you to run a safe and sanitary kitchen, which means you need to keep your counters and other equipment as clean as possible. However, when cleaning your stainless steel equipment, you need to avoid harsh scrubbing. Excessive scrubbing, or using abrasive cleaners and scrubbers, can damage your stainless steel. In fact, abrasives can leave tiny scratches in the stainless steel that can harbor germs and bacteria. Instead, use mild cleansers and non-abrasive scouring pads when cleaning your stainless steel commercial kitchen equipment.

Reduce Mineral Deposits

There's nothing worse than finding hard water and mineral deposits on your stainless steel commercial kitchen equipment. Unfortunately, that's what you're going to get if you have hard water in your restaurant. Luckily, that's an easy remedy. All you need to do is install a water treatment system in your restaurant. Not only will your equipment avoid those hard water stains, but you'll also save money on your plumbing bills, and on your cleaning supply budget. That's because soft water is gentler on your plumbing, and requires the use of less detergent.

Choose Cleaning Solutions Wisely

As stated earlier, proper cleaning is crucial when it comes to the care of your stainless steel equipment. That includes the use of industrial cleaners. While industrial cleansers may be necessary for certain areas of your commercial kitchen, such as on the floors, they should not be used on your stainless steel equipment.

Contact a company like General Plating Co. for more information and assistance.