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How to care for stainless steel

HOW TO CARE FOR STAINLESS STEEL

WHat to know aboUt
StainlEss stEEl?

When it comes to selecting your barbecue its very important to understand your style and flavor of cooking! What does this mean? Well for most Australian backyards the common stable is steaks and snags with some grilled vegetable, so in that case there will be no need for any specialized grills such as smokers, spits or charcoal barbecues. You will be able to stick with the traditional LPG/Natural Gas Barbecue.

 

Although if share the passion of the low and slow method of cooking your meats, then you’ll be wanting to consider buying a smoker and/or a charcoal barbecue with a hood.

 

But wait?! What if you want to be grilling 80% of the time but want to also want to smoke every now and then? Then buying a charcoal grill allows you the flexibility for increasing the heat to be able to grill your steaks but also, you’ll be able to lower the heat to slow smoke your brisket!

 

A perfect go between product is The Big Green Egg!

Stainless steel needs to be regularly cleaned to maintain its aesthetic appeal and to prevent corrosion.

A corrosion protection film exists on the surface of stainless steel and is formed when oxygen from the atmosphere combines with the chromium in the stainless steel to form a passive chromium oxide film. Not regularly cleaning your stainless steel products can lead to corrosion as the product can become contaminated by dirt and other materials, which then become trapped against the surface creating corrosive agents and reducing the effectiveness of the corrosion protection film.

Stainless steel is easily cleaned and thrives with frequent cleaning. Unlike other, softer materials stainless steel cannot be worn out by excessive cleaning.

 

The effects of surface or pattern roughness, grain or pattern orientation, and designs that allow for maximum rain cleaning should be considered.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT STAINLESS STEEL?

Stainless steel needs to be regularly cleaned to maintain its aesthetic appeal and to prevent corrosion.

A corrosion protection film exists on the surface of stainless steel and is formed when oxygen from the atmosphere combines with the chromium in the stainless steel to form a passive chromium oxide film. Not regularly cleaning your stainless steel products can lead to corrosion as the product can become contaminated by dirt and other materials, which then become trapped against the surface creating corrosive agents and reducing the effectiveness of the corrosion protection film.
 

Stainless steel is easily cleaned and thrives with frequent cleaning. Unlike other, softer materials stainless steel cannot be worn out by excessive cleaning.

 

The effects of surface or pattern roughness, grain or pattern orientation, and designs that allow for maximum rain cleaning should be considered.

TypEs of SurFACE CONTAMINANTS

Before you go to buy a barbecue its very important to consider your available area for your barbecue. As apartment living has become increasingly more common, it is not advisable to purchase a 5-6 Burner BBQ as getting the barbecue up to your floor will be a mission and a half and then the space available on your balcony may not allow for the barbecue to fit comfortably.

 

In an apartment situation a product such as the Beefeater Bugg is perfect! Its small enough to not be a hassle to move around, and its large enough that it can easily cook for 6+ people without having to do multiple cooks. Otherwise if you own or rent a home with a sizeable backyard space availability may not be an issue.

 

Although you may have the space that DOES NOT mean you can have the barbecue in that space. This is for indoor/outdoor areas! It may seem to be a good idea to put a barbecue in your undercover area so you can entertain rain, hail or shine but you MUST HAVE the right ventilation!

 

 

Like any surface material that is exposed to the environment, stainless steel can get dirty. Dirt and soil can consist of accumulated dust and contaminates that come from many sources, ranging from the wind and weather to grime from everyday use.

 

These contaminates can vary greatly in their effect on appearance, corrosivity and ease of removal. Depending on the type of contaminant will affect what type of cleaner will be needed to remove it; while some contaminates may be easily removed others will require more force or specific products.

 

Often, contaminants can be cleaned with warm water and detergent. If that does not work, there are non-scratching abrasive powders such as typical household cleaners which can be used with warm water, bristle brushes, sponges or clean soft cloths.

Carbon steel brushes, steel wool and scourers should be avoided as they may leave particles embedded on the surface as well as cause scratching which can lead to rusting.

 

For stubborn messes, more aggressive cleaning will be needed; in this instance, a small amount of vinegar can be added to the scouring powder.

 

Cleaning should always be followed by rinsing in clean hot water and then wiping the surface completely with dry towels.

Any enclosure in which the appliance is used shall comply with one of the following:

 

- An enclosure with walls on all sides, but at least one permanent opening at ground level and no overhead cover. (figure 1)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead enclosure and no more than two walls. (figure 2 and 3)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and more than two walls, the following shall apply. (figures 4 and 5)

 

- At least 25% of the total wall area is completely open.

 

- At least 30% of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.

 

- In the case of balconies, at least 20% of the total of the side, back and front wall areas shall be and remain open and unrestricted.

FingErprints and stains

Stainless steel adds a feel of luxury to the outdoor kitchens, but it’s not only for appearance because Stainless Steel is the most durable material and long lasting for outdoor use.

 

Although it’s durable it gets dirty really quickly with all the finger prints and stains. Here are simple stamps which you can use to make your stainless steel look cleaner and better:

 

  • - Clean it with water and mild soap, using a soft cloth.
  •  
  • - Clean it with white vinegar by using a soft cloth.
  •  
  • - If the stains and finger prints are so persistent you can clean it with soda water and wipe it with a soft cloth.
  •  
  • -To add a more shinny stainless steel you can wipe it with some olive oil, this will help to protect it from any contaminants.
  •  
  • - If you want to polish your stainless steel, we recommend you use Nevr-Dull.

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

Oil and GrEasE

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

Grease, oil and other contaminants may soil surfaces during food preparation and many other household situations. These soils may be corrosive so periodic removal is a necessity.

 

Initially, soap and warm water should be tried or a combination of detergent, water and a solvent. If this does not work, another removal option is immersion of stainless steel into chemical solvents. This process, in its simplest form, consist of putting liquid solvent onto the surface that needs to be cleaned and allowing dissolution to take place (where the chemical will work away at the contaminant).

 

Non-hydrogenated solvents, such as acetone, ethyl alcohol, mineral spirits, and turpentine work well. While these cleaners can be used as individual substances, but there are also numerous blended or compounded cleaners available. Users are advised to check the packaging or contact the suppliers of the solvents to gain information about the use of the chemical on stainless steel surfaces.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

TYPES OF CLEANERS & METHODS

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

When selecting your chosen cleaning practice, consider the possibility of scratching and the potential for post-cleaning corrosion caused by incomplete removal of cleaners. Scratching can occur by use of abrasive cleaners on bright mirror finishes, or even by ‘grit’ in wash water.

 

This usually does not affect dull finishes or those surfaces that were completed with coarse polishing grit. The best preventative measure is to avoid using aggressive cleaners unless absolutely necessary, and to always wash down with warm water after cleaning.

 

If the removal of tough grease, oil and stains does require abrasive removal substances, it is best to first experiment on an inconspicuous area and use a ‘soft abrasive’ such as a pumice.

 

Harsh abrasives can permanently damage coloured and highly polished finishes so advice should be obtained from the manufacturer regarding cleaning special finishes.

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

CLEAN WATER & WIPE DRY

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

Stainless surfaces thrive with frequent cleaning because there is no surface coating to wear off. A soft cloth and clean warm water should always be the first choice for mild stains and loose dirt or soils.

 

A final rinse with clean water and a dry wipe with a cloth is always recommended as it will remove any leftover contaminants and also eliminates the possibility of water stains.

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

SOLVENT CLEANING

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

Organic solvents can be used to remove fresh fingerprints, oils and grease that have not had time to oxidise or decompose. There are many compounded or blended organic cleaners available that attempt to optimise both clean-ability and safety attributes. Cleaning can be accomplished by using these organic cleaners with a soft cloth although occasionally this method of cleaning will leave a streaked surface.

 
Stainless Steel is a durable material and will clean easily providing you clean any contaminants quickly and efficiently. The main risk associated with maintaining the aesthetic appeal of stainless steel is the risk of scratches that lead to rusting.
 
If you ever have any questions regarding the care and maintenance of your Tucker products please give us a call and our friendly staff will happily help you find the best solution for your product!

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

tYPES OF SURFACE CONTAMINANTS

Like any surface material that is exposed to the environment, stainless steel can get dirty. Dirt and soil can consist of accumulated dust and contaminates that come from many sources, ranging from the wind and weather to grime from everyday use.

 

These contaminates can vary greatly in their effect on appearance, corrosivity and ease of removal. Depending on the type of contaminant will affect what type of cleaner will be needed to remove it; while some contaminates may be easily removed others will require more force or specific products.

 

Often, contaminants can be cleaned with warm water and detergent. If that does not work, there are non-scratching abrasive powders such as typical household cleaners which can be used with warm water, bristle brushes, sponges or clean soft cloths.

 

Carbon steel brushes, steel wool and scourers should be avoided as they may leave particles embedded on the surface as well as cause scratching which can lead to rusting.

 

For stubborn messes, more aggressive cleaning will be needed; in this instance, a small amount of vinegar can be added to the scouring powder.

 

Cleaning should always be followed by rinsing in clean hot water and then wiping the surface completely with dry towels.

fiNGERPRINTS AND STAINS

Stainless steel adds a feel of luxury to the outdoor kitchens, but it’s not only for appearance because Stainless Steel is the most durable material and long lasting for outdoor use.

 

Although it’s durable it gets dirty really quickly with all the finger prints and stains. Here are simple stamps which you can use to make your stainless steel look cleaner and better:

 

  • - Clean it with water and mild soap, using a soft cloth.
  •  
  • - Clean it with white vinegar by using a soft cloth.
  •  
  • - If the stains and finger prints are so persistent you can clean it with soda water and wipe it with a soft cloth.
  •  
  • -To add a more shinny stainless steel you can wipe it with some olive oil, this will help to protect it from any contaminants.
  •  
  • - If you want to polish your stainless steel, we recommend you use Nevr-Dull.

OIL & GrEASE

Grease, oil and other contaminants may soil surfaces during food preparation and many other household situations. These soils may be corrosive so periodic removal is a necessity.

 

Initially, soap and warm water should be tried or a combination of detergent, water and a solvent. If this does not work, another removal option is immersion of stainless steel into chemical solvents. This process, in its simplest form, consist of putting liquid solvent onto the surface that needs to be cleaned and allowing dissolution to take place (where the chemical will work away at the contaminant).

 

Non-hydrogenated solvents, such as acetone, ethyl alcohol, mineral spirits, and turpentine work well. While these cleaners can be used as individual substances, but there are also numerous blended or compounded cleaners available. Users are advised to check the packaging or contact the suppliers of the solvents to gain information about the use of the chemical on stainless steel surfaces.

tYPES OF cLEANERS & METHODS

When selecting your chosen cleaning practice, consider the possibility of scratching and the potential for post-cleaning corrosion caused by incomplete removal of cleaners. Scratching can occur by use of abrasive cleaners on bright mirror finishes, or even by ‘grit’ in wash water.

 

This usually does not affect dull finishes or those surfaces that were completed with coarse polishing grit. The best preventative measure is to avoid using aggressive cleaners unless absolutely necessary, and to always wash down with warm water after cleaning.

 

If the removal of tough grease, oil and stains does require abrasive removal substances, it is best to first experiment on an inconspicuous area and use a ‘soft abrasive’ such as a pumice.

 

Harsh abrasives can permanently damage coloured and highly polished finishes so advice should be obtained from the manufacturer regarding cleaning special finishes.

cLEAN WATER & WIPE DRY

Stainless surfaces thrive with frequent cleaning because there is no surface coating to wear off. A soft cloth and clean warm water should always be the first choice for mild stains and loose dirt or soils.

 

A final rinse with clean water and a dry wipe with a cloth is always recommended as it will remove any leftover contaminants and also eliminates the possibility of water stains.

sOLVENT cLEANING

Organic solvents can be used to remove fresh fingerprints, oils and grease that have not had time to oxidise or decompose. There are many compounded or blended organic cleaners available that attempt to optimise both clean-ability and safety attributes. Cleaning can be accomplished by using these organic cleaners with a soft cloth although occasionally this method of cleaning will leave a streaked surface.

 
Stainless Steel is a durable material and will clean easily providing you clean any contaminants quickly and efficiently. The main risk associated with maintaining the aesthetic appeal of stainless steel is the risk of scratches that lead to rusting.
 
If you ever have any questions regarding the care and maintenance of your Tucker products please give us a call and our friendly staff will happily help you find the best solution for your product!

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

Household cleaners fall into one of two categories either detergents (non-abrasives) and abrasive cleaners.

 

Both are effective for many mild contaminants including dirt, stains and soil deposits as well as light oils such as fingerprints. Abrasive cleaners are more effective but introduce the possibility of scratching the surface, however the degree of abrasiveness will vary greatly depending on the product.

 

Many products can be labelled as ‘for stainless steel’ though there is no guarantee that the product is non-abrasive or non-acidic so again, it is suggested to first experiment on an inconspicuous area. In all cases and after use of all products, it is always recommended the surface is thoroughly rinsed with clean water and wiped dry with a soft cloth.

 

Stainless Steel is a durable material and will clean easily providing you clean any contaminants quickly and efficiently. The main risk associated with maintaining the aesthetic appeal of stainless steel is the risk of scratches that lead to rusting.

 

If you ever have any questions regarding the care and maintenance of your Tucker products please give us a call and our friendly staff will happily help you find the best solution for your product!

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

hOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

Household cleaners fall into one of two categories either detergents

(non-abrasives) and abrasive cleaners.

 

Both are effective for many mild contaminants including dirt, stains and soil deposits as well as light oils such as fingerprints. Abrasive cleaners are more effective but introduce the possibility of scratching the surface, however the degree of abrasiveness will vary greatly depending on the product.

 

Many products can be labelled as ‘for stainless steel’ though there is no guarantee that the product is non-abrasive or non-acidic so again, it is suggested to first experiment on an inconspicuous area. In all cases and after use of all products, it is always recommended the surface is thoroughly rinsed with clean water and wiped dry with a soft cloth.

 

Stainless Steel is a durable material and will clean easily providing you clean any contaminants quickly and efficiently. The main risk associated with maintaining the aesthetic appeal of stainless steel is the risk of scratches that lead to rusting.

 

If you ever have any questions regarding the care and maintenance of your Tucker products please give us a call and our friendly staff will happily help you find the best solution for your product!

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