We think it’s fair to say that a good portion of the country actively avoids thinking about what the inside of the kitchen looks like when they go out to eat at a restaurant, after all, it’s almost a rite of passage to have worked in an ice cream shack, pizza joint, deli, diner or even some corporate fast food chain as a young adult making your first foray into the paying job world. We all know, or at least can guess at, what a commercial kitchen that’s only seen cleaning cloths wielded by unconcerned minimum wage slaves looks like after years of neglect and abuse. Not pretty.
This is why the products that go into making up a commercial kitchen are so important; from the floors, walls, and ceilings on down to the last appliance and utensil, there is a need for products that are safe, durable enough to withstand moisture and abuse, and above all sanitary and easy to clean and care for.
When asked to picture what they would want the kitchen of their favorite restaurant to look like, most people would envision gleaming silver countertops and shiny steel appliances. In the food industry stainless steel has been prevalent for many years; it’s not an accident that stainless steel has also found its way into the minds, and kitchens, of the masses. Stainless steel is rust proof, doesn’t trap dirt, grease or odors, and is easy to clean without a lot of elbow grease.
One obstacle that many commercial kitchens face, that residential ones do not, is exposed pipe, conduit and tubing. Many kitchens are constructed with cement floors and cement block walls – it’s a little bit difficult to run water pipes and other lines inside of those. This exposed piping, if not properly cared for, can easily become a hot bed for contamination: trapping grease, dirt, dust, food particles and even mold and mildew, inviting pest and rodent infestations.
There are an infinite number of ways to mount pipes to walls or suspend them from ceilings, but to do it the right way requires a product that has been engineered specifically for this application: like Food Grate Strut.
Food Grade Strut is manufactured from sturdy 12 gauge stainless steel (type 304 or type 316), and comes in two styles: wall mount, for mounting to walls, and trapeze mount, for suspending from ceilings or equipment. Traditional strut, or channel, is c-shaped and the open face collects dirt, grime and kitchen debris easily, where as both styles of Food Grade Strut have been designed to alleviate this issue.
Wall mount strut has an open s-shaped design which makes it both harder for dirt to collect in and easier to wipe down. Wall mount strut is also designed to be used with spacers that keep assemblies from resting directly against the wall, where they could become pockets for debris. Strut can be mounted either horizontally or vertically to the wall.
Trapeze mount strut is u-shaped, the opening faces down instead of up, so dirt can’t sit inside the strut like it would in a c-shaped channel. Trapeze mount strut is suspended from the ceiling via stainless steel rods, and is designed to mount horizontal runs of pipe.
Pipe, conduit and tubing are mounted to the strut using stainless steel u-bolt pipe clamps; all Food Grade Strut pipe-clamps, hardware and fittings are manufactured from stainless steel, and all strut comes pre-cut and de-burred for a clean, safe and sanitary edge.
No matter the dedication level of the employees you have ‘cleaning’ your kitchen, Food Grade Strut offers a virtually fool proof and effortless system for eliminating sanitation worries connected with exposed pipe and conduit in your kitchen.