MaintenX International Provides Professional Tips for Keeping your Kitchen Running during the Thanksgiving Holiday

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MaintenX offers tips to keep industrial and home kitchens functioning, even as they’re experiencing extra pressure from Thanksgiving feasts.

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A traditional Thanksgiving feast puts pressure on any kitchen. It’s important to prepare so you can make it all the way to the pumpkin pie without issues.

“Thanksgiving should be a time to celebrate being with family, not worrying about your oven or trying to fix your HVAC system,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “Taking time to check a few small things now can save you a major headache in the long run.”

For more than 30 years, MaintenX International has been helping local businesses keep their kitchens ready for meals of all sizes. Here are some tips to help be sure you – and your kitchen – can take the heat:

Keep Things Cool: Be sure to perform preventative maintenance on your refrigerator in advance of Thanksgiving Day. You’ll need it to be running at peak performance to safely thaw your turkey, store salads and other cold items, and leftovers after the meal.

Keep Yourself Cool, too: With the oven hot and stove working overtime, the kitchen can heat up. Be sure to take a moment to check your HVAC system and change filters to keep your system from having to work unnecessarily hard. Staying comfortable while you cook makes for a much more enjoyable experience.

Sink Time: Be sure to have the right supplies to clean and sanitize your sink. Do a major clean at the beginning and end of any meal prep session, but also do spot cleaning if any raw meat or unwashed produce touches the countertop or sink basin.

Keeping Up with Oil: Deep fried turkeys and other delicious treats can leave you with used cooking oil and dirty surfaces. Do not pour used grease down the drain. If you have a small amount, you can cool it to cause the oil to solidify and dispose of it in the garbage. If you know you’ll be producing a large amount, it may be a cost-effective solution to recycle it for bio-diesel. Also, don’t forget to wipe down kitchen appliances, as grease buildup can lead to a higher risk of fire or costly equipment failure.

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MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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