When it comes to any facility, the front-facing areas of your building or business are where you spend the most effort and money to keep them clean and pleasing in appearance. The mindset is that front of house is where the guests, patrons, or diners will spend their time (and money) … and evaluate it as part of their overall experience. No question … front of house is critical.
But, what about the back of the house – places like kitchens, service corridors, employee lounges, administrative offices, loading docks, storage, and the like? Sure, chances are a hotel guest, for example, will never have reason to be in such spaces. That said, shouldn’t these unseen spaces also get some TLC, too?
The nerve center
Many guests and patrons can only imagine what goes on behind the registration desk of a hotel, or the swinging door to the kitchen. That’s because – if it’s done right – such back of house spaces are hidden from view.
But, anyone who’s worked in the hospitality or restaurant business knows … back of house is a nerve center for the facility. It’s where the actual work of the business is conducted – for the restaurant, it’s the kitchen. For the hotel, it’s the administrative or catering office or laundry. In many facilities, it’s the storage areas and receiving docks.
Reducing or stopping interior damage
Okay, so we’ve established how back of house areas are beehives of folks moving supplies, machines and carts to keep the business humming. Needless to say, in all that hustle and bustle, employees and others may not be the most careful in keeping hard edges and wheels from striking walls and corners.
In food service spaces, it’s important to maintain non-porous surfaces, and choose materials that are designed for easy cleaning. Bash an unprotected wall or corner, and that surface is now compromised, as shown with this damaged FRP (at right).
Stainless Steel as a material option
The use of stainless steel in food service areas is almost a given for several reasons:
- High heat resistance
- Easy to clean
Stainless wall panels are shown here (shown above). The addition of stainless steel corner guards and wall guards (shown below) add to the overall food service protection package.
The addition of stainless steel corner guards and wall guards (shown below) add to the overall food service protection package. Work back of house, and you likely hear it several times during your shift … the BANG! as a cart or other equipment hits a service door. Kickplates are a first line of defense – stainless steel can be cut to any height, and are applied with either pressure-sensitive adhesive backing, or by spreadable adhesive.
Food trucks, too!
Enterprising folks who are converting and fitting out large delivery vans into food trucks isn’t just a burgeoning trend across the U.S. … it’s a veritable explosion!
We’ve seen increasing requests from these entrepreneur-operators for stainless steel panels to fit out the truck’s interior. And the extension is a logical one … take a kitchen and put it on wheels. The same superior performance characteristics of stainless apply to these rolling bistros.