How to clean Stainless steel cabinets
Regular cleaning and maintenance promotes the beauty and
longevity of your outdoor kitchen cabinets and ensures a lifetime of use.
Cleaning and Care Instructions
We recommend regular care and cleaning of your stainless steel products to promote the products life.
The 304 stainless steel material used in the construction of 4 Life Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets is highly rust resistant, however, stainless steel is only rust-resistant not rust-proof. The powder-coated doors do not require as much cleaning but the stainless countertops and frames can be affected by chlorine in the air from swimming pools or the salt from sea air may cause surface rust to appear.
What maintenance is required?
If you live in a coastal area or will have the cabinet next to a chlorine pool, we suggest cleaning all stainless steel surfaces at least every two weeks to keep your cabinets in prime condition. Outside of coastal areas, cleaning the cabinets every three months will suffice.
The chemical reaction from salt or stuck on food is easy to prevent however it is more difficult when left on the surface. Always remember that stainless steel equipment is not stain-proof, it is stain-less.
Routine cleaning can be accomplished by rinsing away dirt and debris. Do this by gently wiping with a damp, non-abrasive cloth or sponge using warm water. Always clean in the direction of the stainless grain lines by locating the lines or grain and scrub in a motion parallel to them. The cabinets can air dry but a quick follow up using a soft towel will prevent water spotting.
The following are some important tips on cleaning your stainless steel:
• There are a number of reliable stainless steel cleaners on the market but do not apply the stainless cleaner to the powder coated doors.
• Use only alkaline, alkaline-chlorinated or non-chloride cleaners
• Avoid hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) on your stainless steel
• Always use a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as a soft cloth or plastic scouring pad
• Avoid steel pads, wire brushes, abrasive foam and scrapers on the stainless and powder coated areas
• If you do end up using a chlorinated cleaner, be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry it, immediately
Important notes to remember:
Light or superficial scratches to stainless steel are likely to occur during normal use and do not affect the integrity of the product.
Caution – The use of Solvents, Abrasives, or Dish Washer Detergent will damage the product’s finish. The best is using a mild soap and water. Always test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area before applying to the entire product.
Discoloration due to the high heat, for example beside a grill, is a trait of stainless steel and is not covered by any manufacturer. Surface rust resulting from acid rain or environmental chemicals are also not covered by all stainless cabinet company’s warranties.
Do not store objects on the surface for any extended periods of time as these can trap moisture and debris.
Do not place hot items directly on the stainless surface. Damage created by hot items can be minimized by cleaning and buffing, but will typically never be eliminated. This type of damage will not be covered under warranty.
CAUTION- Ceramic materials, and other abrasive textures, can cause damage to painted surfaces.
CAUTION – Take care to not let hot ash come in contact with the painted surface of the product. In addition, wet ash can become corrosive over time, so keep all surfaces free of ash debris.
Minimize the natural aging of your product by storing your cabinet in a dry, shaded area. Both Vinyl and Aqualon (marine-grade) covers are available for outdoor kitchens on Amazon or your favorate retailer.
If you have any questions regarding the care or install of your cabinets, just give us a call! We are happy to help.
– 4 Life Outdoor
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