Stainless steel is remarkably low maintenance, and resistance to corrosion and staining makes it an ideal material for many manufacturing processes, especially cabinetry making. Stainless steel has a bright and shiny look to it due to its reflective qualities, and with the proper minimal maintenance, that look will last for over a hundred years. As a result of the material having no pores, pits or cracks to collect bacteria, stainless steel is one of the safest surfaces for food preparation and storage. In general, stainless steel is resistant to all common foods, however there are things to keep an eye out for. A high concentrate of salt and vinegar can cause staining if left on the surface for a period of time, and products with bleach and chlorine can cause pitting and corrosion, and should never be used on stainless steel. Extra caution should be used if muriatic acid is used to clean pavers or concrete in adjacent areas because any accidental contact would cause permanent spotting. For units installed in close proximity to the sea, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offer a variety of powder coat finishes which are resistant to most chemicals and require the least amount of care, while giving your cabinets a unique finish that complements your outdoor theme, or even a continuing theme from the indoors.
Daily cleaning for unfinished stainless steel is as follows:
- Always wipe with the grain
- Do not use any products with chlorine or bleach
- For daily spot cleaning of fingerprints and/or food residue, use a cloth or sponge with mild soap and water, a solution of vinegar and water, or Formula 409 Glass and Surface cleaner (or similar product), then dry with a soft cloth.