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Epoxy vs Chrome shelving – which is best for you?

Epoxy vs Chrome shelving – which is best for you?

Wire shelving units are a visually pleasing and budget friendly option for both businesses and homeowners. Chrome and Epoxy are the most common types of wire shelving units due to their durability, versatility and large load capacity. However, figuring out which option is best suited for you can be confusing. When looking to buy shelving units, it is important to recognise your primary use for the product, and consider, then assess which option is best for you. Here’s few important variables to consider when choosing racking:

·         Load capacity – what is going to be stored on the shelf?
·         Environment of your space, cold, dry/wet, outside / inside?
·         Size /shape of the room – e.g. display, coolroom, garage
·         Assembly – can i do it myself?

So what’s the difference?

Chrome Wire Shelving 
Although chrome shelving is usually the slightly more expensive option, it is commonly considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing. This is primarily due to the smooth texture and reflective silver surface. This sleek look is also amplified by the poles sitting within the shelving, creating a streamline appearance. This makes chrome shelving ideal for locations where it will be on display, such as showrooms or retail stores. They are also commonly used in array of commercial environments such as storerooms, kitchens, and offices. Chrome shelving not only looks good, but is incredibly well made and very sturdy. However, it is also important to consider that chrome shelving is only suitable for dry environments where this is no humidity or dampness.

Epoxy Wire Shelving
Epoxy shelving is cheaper and provides a sleek alternative look to chrome shelving. It is also incredibly versatile as it has a temperature range of 0°C to 300°C and can be used in both wet and dry environments. The rubberised coating allows for it to be water resistant, which protects against rust and corrosion. This makes Epoxy perfect for environments that may be wet, damp, humid or those that fluctuate often in temperature. Some common uses for epoxy shelving units include coolrooms, garages, sheds, food storage and warehouses. Epoxy also prevents the buildup of bacteria, ensuring that it is a safe storage option against germs. In conjunction with this, epoxy is resistant to chemical exposure which is important if using a range of chemicals within the food service industry.

What do you need to consider before making a purchase?

Both chrome and epoxy shelving have the potential to be strong, but this varies greatly from brand to brand. When shopping for your shelving it is essential to consider the load capacity of each shelf and the thickness of the steel used. It is worth taking the time to compare brands, even if they look the same a closer examination will show a difference in quality.
(We would like to add here that Brayco uses a thicker diameter of steel than most competitors, so they are very sturdy and have a large loading capacity of 150kg per shelf.) As with any shelf unit, it is also necessary to note that it is important to ensure that the weight is distributed evenly across the shelf to avoid excessive stress on your shelf and for safety when used for storage of larger loads.

For high moisture or cool rooms you will need to choose the epoxy shelving with the rubberised coating. These are idea for garage, coolrooms, even for such locations as a bottle shop storage or wine cellar.
Look for adjustable feet as many floors are uneven and this useful feature will guarantee optimal stability of the shelving.
Looking for a mobile unit? Opt for castors. These create versatility and portability, but your overall load capacity is reduced so consider the use and suitability before choosing to go mobile. Perfect to store table linen, that can to be moved to and from the dining room for a convenient storage/delivery unit. Or use an epoxy unit for pool towels that can be wheeled inside at the end of the day.

Are you just looking for one unit, or to fill a whole wall, or even 2 or 3?
This shelving is easily tailored to each customer’s space and needs with the new S hook accessory. Create straight, L or U configurations which allow for no corner posts for more space and better access.Simply hook the S hook onto the end of each shelf and hang the next shelf onto it, no end poles needed. S hooks are available in chrome and epoxy to match each type of shelving.
Add shelf dividers to the end of each bay to keep your load from falling off the end – a handy accessories to look for when choosing your unit.

A distinct advantage of both chrome and epoxy units is the simple assembly. The unique clip design allows a shelf to be located anywhere along the height of the pole, and any number of shelves added.
These best-selling wire shelving kits come complete with everything needed to quickly create extra storage space (4 shelves included). Shelving units can be assembled in minutes.  Add as many shelves as you like!
Simply snap the black clips in position on the uprights, then drop the shelf over the uprights onto the clips and press into place, no tools are required. Your hardest task will be making sure the 4 clips are at the same height so the shelf is level, this is an easy fix by counting the conveniently placed grooves in the poles and ensuring each clip is fixed to the same height.

Brayco has an extensive range of sizes available for both epoxy and chrome from 457 to 1524mm wide in 1800mm height, with extras including castors, extra shelves, s hooks and shelf dividers.

For the full range of Brayco wire shelving including all sizes and pricing, click the link

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Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations

Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations

While stainless steel is a highly-durable material, there are a few simple tips to keeping it clean and in tip-top condition. Well maintained stainless steel will last for decades.

General Cleaning Methods

1. Polish or brush with the grain of the stainless steel.
This will help to diminish marks or scratches.

2. Day to Day Cleaning  – mild detergent and cloth or soft brush
(no bleach). Make sure you rinse with clean water and wipe the surface dry. Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any stainless steel surface. Detergent is fine. Specialist stainless steel cleaners are fine, but largely unnecessary.

3. Deep Clean – for a really intense clean, us methylated spirits or turpentine and then rinse with clean water and dry. Follow up with light rub of olive oil and polish with soft cloth.

4. Tea and Coffee Stains – Soak the affected area with boiling water and baking powder. Then rinse with fresh water and dry.

5. Rust Marks – We recommend using a proprietary stainless steel cleaner (such as a phosphoric acid).  Please handle with care and ensure you rinse with clean water and dry carefully.

6. Limescale – Soak in boiling water with 25% vinegar solution, rinse well with baking powder solution and then rinse with clean water.

7.  Paint – Paint stripper or turpentine, with nylon brush. Rinse well with fresh water and dry.

General Tips:

DON’T use concentrated bleach, hydrochloric acid or any cleaning chemical that has Chlorine. Chlorine is a corrosive chemical for all types of stainless steel.

DON’T scrub against the grain of the steel.

DO not use steel wool brushes or scourers which have been used on ordinary steel as these will damage the stainless surface and allow rust to form.

DO use a soft cloth and follow these guidelines for years of great stainless steel!

Any questions give our team a call on 1300 272 926

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Cleaning & Disinfection of Stainless Steel For Covid19

Cleaning & Disinfection of Stainless Steel For Covid19

Covid19 have bought many extra restrictions for the hospitality industry. As we return to some level of
normalcy within our industry here are a few key points to remember when you are cleaning your stainless steel.

It’s important to clean before disinfecting because organic matter and dirt can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. A combination of both will be most effective in preventing spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes:
Cleaning means physically removing germs, dirt and organic matter from surfaces.
Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.

1. General Cleaning Methods

Mild detergent and hot water are the most effective day to day cleaning method for stainless steel.
Remember to polish or wipe with the grain of your bench top to help diminish marks or scratches.

2. Disinfecting

Only alcohol disinfectants can be used on stainless steel. Alcohol-based disinfecting solutions should be at least 70% alcohol and can be used to clean a variety of surfaces such as things like table surfaces,
light switches, and mobile phones.
When disinfecting, special attention should be given to frequently touched surfaces and objects such as handles and bench edges.

Do Not Use Bleach on Stainless Steel

Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any stainless steel surface.
Bleach is often a go-to for disinfecting stainless steel appliances. However, this can stain or corrode the material, as well as quaternary ammonium compounds and oxygen bleach. Please check the list of ingredients, to ensure that bleach is not listed as one of the ingredients.

Some General Points to Note

The virus is highly contagious and it is important to make sure that frequently touched objects are cleaned properly to prevent the spread. Frequently touched objects can vary by location, for example, light switches, doorknobs, handrails, kitchen appliances, tables, drawer pulls, sinks, handles, elevator buttons, keys, and remote controls. Your staff should follow existing procedures for using gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE). Post cleaning, the gloves should be discarded.

Useful further reading;

Download this as a printable PDF here

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Benefits Of Stainless Steel For Commercial Kitchens & Catering

Benefits Of Stainless Steel For Commercial Kitchens & Catering

As Australia’s leading stainless steel benches and cabinet manufacturers, we find ourselves providing bespoke solutions for a lot of commercial kitchens.

Stainless steel is the most hygienic choice for kitchens because it is an affordable and reliable material.

Other than using a highly expensive metal such titanium, stainless steel provides a surface that is easy to keep sanitary in a commercial kitchen environment.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Surfaces

You may have heard that stainless steel is crucial for hygiene in commercial kitchens and catering environments.

In hospitality or commercial kitchens, sanitation is important to prevent food related illnesses. It is also paramount to prevent food from being cross-contaminated by other substances.

Stainless steel’s hygiene properties can be summarised through it’s easy maintenance. Daily cleaning of all kitchen benches and cabinets is commonplace. This means that stainless steel needs to be highly resistant to rust and scratches.

Stainless steel surfaces don’t have pores, making it impossible for dirt, bacteria, fungi or viruses to gain a “foothold” – if you don’t own a stainless steel bench yet you will love how easy it is to clean.

The cleanability of stainless steel is similar to that of glass. It is far superior to materials such as plastic or aluminium. When all of this is considered, you have a surface that provides aesthetics, economy, durability and protection against bacteria. No wonder it’s such a popular choice in restaurants and hospitality businesses around Australia!

Stainless steel is ideal for food applications so that it’s no surprise that it’s an established material of choice for food businesses.

Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistance

Its resistance to corrosion makes it last a long time. This can be attributed in part to its non-porous nature.

While stainless steel is a durable and sturdy surface, it is also soft enough that it can be easily formed into whatever piece of equipment is necessary, which makes it an ideal material for use on kitchen benches and sinks.

Stainless Steel Types – 304, 316 and 430

Now you may be wondering what type of stainless steel is best for your commercial kitchen.

The stainless steel types range from 304, 316 to 430 as the most commonly used steel surfaces for manufacturing.

To find more about stainless steel types in our article:

Stainless Steel Types For Restaurant Kitchens & Hospitality

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Commercial Kitchen – Cabinets, Benches & Shelving Layout

Commercial Kitchen – Cabinets, Benches & Shelving Layout

The 5 key components of a commercial kitchen

Before designing a commercial kitchen space, it’s important to account for the needs that the kitchen must fulfill and the equipment associated with those needs. When you know what components need to fit into the space from the beginning of the design process, you will be able to design your commercial kitchen layout more effectively. A Stainless Steel Bench is an integral component of every commercial restaurant kitchen, but there are many different styles and uses.

The 5 components of a commercial kitchen

  1. Storage
  2. Food Preparation
  3. Cooking Station
  4. Food Service
  5. Washing

The key to your success as a food business is in the kitchen design.

A strong design will make your kitchen run smoothly and efficiently, so everything must be planned long before you open your restaurant. Everyone knows you need great staff, solid equipment and a chef who knows what they’re doing – but a vital part of your operation is the design of your commercial kitchen.

In our opinion there are five aspects to the optimum kitchen design. These are:

  1. Storage: Ingredients must be kept fresh and free from contamination and at the right temperature depending on the product. Utensils must be easily accessible.
    Storage can be split up into dry storage and cold storage.
    DRY STORE: A dry storage room or allocated area is a must in a kitchen environment and houses all of the ambient goods that are used – whether it’s tinned or canned goods, spices or fresh produce. Similar to the freezer room, when you are designing a smaller environment and space is limited, then kitchen wall shelves and over bench shelving are valuable options.
    COLD STORE: Of course the preferred choice would be a walk-in freezer store but when designing smaller environments this is normally one of the luxuries to be sacrificed. Walk-in freezer stores differ from cold stores in the fact that they need an insulated floor to maintain its optimum temperature.
    This is achieved by having either a raised floor creating a step into the room or by creating a recess in the slab so that the finished surface of the freezer room can be flush with the surrounding floor heights, thus creating the ability to roll in trolleys directly. In a lot of cases, freezer storage capacity is created using upright stand alone shelving, especially where space is at a premium.
  2. Food Preparation: Whether you’re chopping onions or poultry, it’s vital to segregate different types of food during prep. Sinks with extra bench room and sink covers allow for extra prep space in a small work area. Another option is to add a central work table with over bench shelving for convenience and to double up storage space.
  3. Cooking Station: The cookline is the heart of the kitchen and the engine. The location of the cooking equipment is vital to a smooth operation and can be seamlessly integrated with your stainless benches. A combination of benches and cabinets for easy transition from prep to cook area offers valuable workspace and storage, keeping items within easy reach.
  4. Food Service: Efficient kitchen design means front-of-house staff have rapid and safe access to the pass without disrupting the kitchen flow. Stainless cabinets in this area can house plates and service ware and are neatly tucked away when not required.
  5. Cleaning and Washing: Plates, glasses, cutlery constantly need to be washed ready for re-use in a busy kitchen. A well designed wash-up that allows adequate space for sorting and handling in conjunction with the correct dishwasher is vital. Combine dishwash benches and sinks with an open lip to slide the wash trays into the washing machine and out. Add a tap with shower head to help rinse before putting in the washing machine.

Kitchen design is a laborious task and can take many hours of head scratching to figure out your best layout.
Come and see us in the branch and we can show more options to help you finalise your kitchen layout.

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Is Stainless Steel The Perfect Material For Commercial Kitchens?

Is Stainless Steel The Perfect Material For Commercial Kitchens?

Why Use Stainless Steel in Your Kitchen?

Stainless steel is one of the most common materials found in kitchens today. It’s used in everything from appliances to cookware, dishware, flatware and utensils because it is durable, easy to sanitize and corrosion resistant to various acids found in meats, milk, fruits and vegetables.

At Brayco, we understand that commercial kitchens are the busiest places in the hospitality industry. The rush goes on from morning to night without any respite. This calls for increased efficiency and an utmost hygienic atmosphere with extremely durable equipment.

Stainless steels’ impermeable surface prevents the absorption of moisture and the resulting decay. Most importantly though, stainless steel is a safe option when it comes to use with food and beverage, as there are no chemicals that can migrate into your food from these products.

The major stainless-steel components of a commercial kitchen are food-grade work benches, sinks, shelving, cabinets as well as cool and dry storage.

Brayco Stainless Steel Products

  • Stainless Steel Benches
  • Stainless Steel Cabinets
  • Stainless Steel Sinks, 1,2 & 3 bowl
  • Stainless Steel Wall Mounted Sinks
  • Stainless Steel Taps
  • Stainless Knee Operated Sinks
  • Stainless Steel Wall Shelves
  • Stainless Steel Dishwasher Compatible Sinks and Benches
  • Stainless Steel Trolleys
  • Stainless Steel 4 Tier Shelf Units

Stainless Steel: Composition and Types

Stainless-steel is the name given to the category of several iron-based alloys that have at least 10.5% of chromium. It is an amalgamation of iron and different metals in different ratios.

304 Stainless Steel

This is the most popular stainless steel type used in industrial applications. It contains 65% iron, and its major components are 18% chromium and 8% nickel.

It is high in demand for its non-magnetic quality. This alloy features a lower conductivity of heat and electricity as compared to carbon steel and regular steel. It can withstand the corrosive impacts of chlorides and other minerals found in water. These attributes make the 304 stainless steel stress corrosion-resistant and thereby crack proof.

These steels also exhibit excellent resistance to a wide range of atmospheric, chemical and food industry exposures. Typical uses include architectural mouldings and trim, surgical equipment, kitchen equipment and food processing.

Most of our Brayco Products are made with ultra durable, rust resistant and easy to clean 304 Stainless steel.
Use of 1.2mm thick 304 steel on benches ensures strength and durabilty.

430 Stainless Steel

This alloy has a greater quantity of iron and negligable nickel. It is made of 80% iron, 16-18% chromium and 3% constitutes the other non-iron metals. Due to its high iron content, it falls under the ferritic category of steels – magnetic. It is resistant to corrosion, does not react to nitric acid. These crucial properties make the 430 steel more suited to automotive trim and molding, furnace combustion chambers, dishwashers, range hoods, gas burners on heating units, gutters and downspouts.
430 Contains a negligible amount of nickel and therefore has a reduced corrosion resistance (is more likely to rust than 304 but still high quality). It does not provide the resistance to pitting by dilute reducing acids that is provided by the 304 grade steel.

NB: Nickel enhances the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. Therefore, the higher the nickel content, the more resistant the stainless steel is to corrosion.

Frequently Asked Stainless Steel Questions

Are all stainless steel food grade?

The most common of all stainless steel grades. 304 is used in kitchens throughout the world.
Other grades are more suitable for marine applications, cutlery and food storage containers.
There are many different kinds of food grade stainless steel options available for your kitchen. Whether you need food grade containers or food grade pots and pans, please make sure you check the quality of the steel before you buy.

Difference between 304 and 430

The “grade” of stainless steel refers to its quality, durability and temperature resistance. The main difference is the composition of the stainless steel and the amount of chromium and nickel in the product

304 grade stainless steel contains a considerable amount of nickel unlike the 430 grade which makes 304 more corrosion resistant and particularly suitable for harsh environments.

304 is non-magnetic stainless steel whereas 430 have high magnetic properties. Though generally very weldable, some ferritic steel grades can be prone to sensitization of the weld heat-affected zone and weld metal hot cracking.

The presence of nickel makes 304 more corrosion resistant; it also makes it much easier to press and draw. The absence of nickel in 430 grade means the stainless steel will most likely crack or fail completely compared to pressing 304.

Crevice Corrosion. Periodic disassembly and cleaning out of all areas where crevice corrosion may occur is recommended on 430 grade steel. When narrow crevices and other “nooks and crannies” on stainless steel kitchen equipment get filled with solutions that cannot easily exit, protective films can break down and corrosion set in. As evaporation and refilling alternately recur, the trapped solution gets stronger and stronger, speeding up the corrosion process. Gaskets, washers, sharp corners, overlaps, and flanges are frequent “targets” of crevice corrosion.
304 is more expensive, while 430 is considerably cheaper.

Is stainless steel rust-free?

No stainless steel product is completely rust-free if exposed to non-suitable conditions. However, the 304 stainless used in Brayco products is almost-completely resistant to rust if maintained correctly.

Why use stainless steel

In addition to resistance to weathering and therefore the inability to rust, the material also features extremely important technical characteristics which make it particularly suitable for use in the professional kitchens of great Chefs. Indeed, it proves to be:

  • Long-lasting
  • Biologically pure
  • 100% recyclable
  • Easy to clean

Stainless steel is the ideal material for hygiene in domestic and commercial kitchen settings, because it is easy to clean and biologically neutral, in addition to being an eco-friendly product that is 100% recyclable. An eternal material, one that is charming and functional that ages slowly without losing any of its characteristics.

Why choose Brayco Stainless Steel?

Brayco has made the most of the know-how of skilled stainless steel craftsmen and our 15 years industry experience to offer a comprehensive range of professional-grade, fully modular kitchen benches, sinks, cabinets and shelving.

Our clients have been loving our stainless steel products for over 15 years. Why not visit us in one of our 7 locations across Australia and get a hand from our friendly staff?