How to Maintain Stainless Steel in Your Kitchen, Bar or Restaurant

One of our specialties is custom design stainless steel installation. Though we also provide solutions for the medical, mining and commercial building industries, we have provided a lot of Perth area restaurants, bars and pubs with state of the art, custom stainless steel equipment.

One of the best ways to keep your stainless steel as good as new and help it provide years of service is to maintain it properly. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

How to Maintain Stainless Steel in Your Kitchen, Bar or Restaurant

Why Stainless Steel for Restaurants?

Stainless steel is the material of choice for restaurants because of its corrosion resistance and its high “cleanability.” Stainless steel is an alloy that has a thin layer of chromium on the outer surface. When the chromium surface reacts with air, it produces a surface that is very slick and highly resistant to most forms of corrosion.

If maintained properly, stainless steel provides a sanitary surface that is easy to clean for years. However, if it is exposed to oil, dirt, scratches or anything that interferes with the interaction between the chromium and the air, its corrosion resistance can be greatly compromised.

How to Clean Stainless Steel

The good news about stainless steel: if you clean it properly, the chromium layer on stainless steel never erodes or wears away.

To clean a stainless steel surface, use a wet cloth with a mild detergent. Often, a damp bar towel will clean a stainless steel surface just fine, but a mild detergent added to water is good if needed. If your stainless steel has a “grain” or a brushed finish, always wipe in the direction of the finish. This will keep you from damaging the finish.

Some Other Important Tips:

Avoid abrasive cleaners; use baking soda for tough stains or baked on food. Clean spills ASAP. Rinse the surface immediately after cleaning, then dry immediately. Don’t ever use chlorine.

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About Paul

Paul Bartlett is the owner and director of Western Stainless Solutions. He has a passionate commitment to personally seeing each project through from conception to completion. Mr Bartlett has owned Western Stainless Solutions since 2005. He had prior experience as a foreman for Caterlink, where he learned to fit out numerous restaurants with stainless steel equipment.

With Western Stainless Solutions, Mr Bartlett has overseen numerous large projects, always getting them finished on time and on budget. His favourite projects include:

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Coles Inglewood
  • Woolworths Yanchep
  • Mt Barker Chicken
  • The Merrywell Bar
  • Perth Children's Hospital
  • St John of God Subiaco refurb and development

Mr Bartlett has extensive experience in completing large projects, but is always around to add a personal touch to projects such as restaurants and pubs.

Mr Bartlett also has experience in the sports world. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for School Sports WA and spent two years as the General Manager of the Stirling Senators in the State Basketball League.

The bottom line: Mr Bartlett specialises in getting things done. He has a “hands-on” approach that is rare for owners of businesses the size of Western Stainless Solutions.