It is safe to say that restaurants are one of the most cleaned areas, thanks to the regulations and standards in the industry. This is especially true nowadays since we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Therefore, if you own a commercial kitchen, it is crucial that you clean it regularly and properly. Using a restaurant hygiene list is a great way to start. This article will give you valuable information on how often you should clean your restaurant to help you make cleaning a routine.
The importance of restaurant hygiene
Restaurants require cleaning multiple times a day, but you can clean certain things and areas less frequently. However, there are no excuses when it comes to the hygiene of your commercial kitchen. Keeping it cleaned is important unless you want to be heavily fined or shut down. Also, there are numerous safety reasons why you shouldn’t neglect the hygiene of your restaurants, such as possible sanitation issues or even fires. Thus, you want to make sure you do this properly. It would be best to leave the deep cleaning to professionals to ensure the highest quality of cleaning services.
Deep cleaning your restaurant might mean you will need to close the restaurant for a day once or twice a month. But, even if this isn’t the case, keeping things out of the way will significantly help the job run more smoothly. Self-storage options can come in handy when you need to free up your space from all the pots, pans, and appliances that get in the way. Many businesses find this service helpful and consider it a great way to expand on the amount of available space on their hands.
The breakdown of how frequently you should clean your restaurant
We broke down three restaurant areas that need regular but different kinds of cleaning: the front (or what your customers see), the bar, and the back, or the kitchen. The key element to keeping your restaurant spotless is to have a checklist of supplies needed and knowing how often and when to clean them.
The restaurant’s front
These areas give the first impression to your customers and might make them want to come back. You want to offer a clean and bright image of your place, so your potential regular consumers enjoy the atmosphere, apart from the delicious food.
The supplies you will most likely need to clean your restaurant are glass and surface spray cleaners, bleach, cloths, brooms, a bucket, mop, bathroom sanitizers, and paper supplies (toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels).
Once you get your supplies, it’s time to make a list of what needs to be done daily, weekly, and monthly. Here’s what we recommend.
Daily restaurant maintenance
As we’ve mentioned before, some areas require cleaning multiple times a day. Therefore, here’s another breakdown of when you should do what.
During your shift
- High-traffic surfaces should be sprayed and wiped down as many times as needed. These surfaces are tables, seats, door handles, and railings. It would be best if you had one designated staff member to take care of this frequently.
- Remove any condiments from the table and offer them when your customers ask for them. Also, make sure you clean them before and after each use.
- Have a separate bathroom checklist, which will require your staff members to check its cleanness every hour.
- Pay attention that windows are spotless, especially if you own a kid-friendly restaurant.
- And, most importantly, check if the tables are clean and have complete sets.
Once you are about to close
- Spray the menus.
- Spray and wipe down the tables.
- Thoroughly clean and sanitize the bathrooms.
- Prepare napkins and silverware for your next shift.
- Mop the floors.
- Vacuum the floors and carpets if there are any.
The less frequent tasks that still need tackling up are tending to any live plants, dusting the fixtures and other surfaces, spraying the windows and mirrors, and vacuuming areas that are hard to reach.
Businesses usually choose to hire professionals for deep cleaning, which can be done once monthly. This especially applies to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Other jobs you can do on your own are checking carpets, chairs, and other pieces of inventory for potential damage and vacuuming dest ceiling fans and cobwebs.
The bar is the busiest area of a restaurant. It is completely visible to your guests, so it’s important to keep it neat and clean, both for them and for safety purposes.
The cleaning supplies you will need for the bar are spray cleaners, trash bags, bar rugs, bleach, and a broom.
The bar is also the area that needs to be tended to during and after your shift.
During the shift
- Wipe it down frequently, and use bleach more than usual, to make sure the bar is properly sanitized.
- Refill disposable napkins and straws when needed.
- Empty the bins.
- Wash your glassware in the dishwasher.
At the end of your shift
- Wipe down the bottles
- Clean soda guns
- Empty and clean little garnish trays
- Empty ice wells and sanitize them
- Remove the floor mats for cleaning
- Mop the floor.
Weekly bar tasks
You can dedicate some time to thoroughly clean the inside surfaces of your coolers, clean and flush keg lines, and dust the bottles, shelves, and any decorative fixtures.
Once monthly, you can deep clean your floors and carpets, dust the light fixtures and bar shelves, vacuum cobwebs, and dust ceiling fans. Also, don’t forget to check for any damage to your curtains, chairs, and carpets.
The back or the kitchen
The kitchen is the essential part of your restaurant, even though it’s not visible to your customers. Therefore, this is a part that requires special attention when it comes to cleaning. Read our blog post regarding the issue if you want to know how often you should clean your restaurant kitchen.
Now that we’ve covered the steps you need to take to clean your restaurant successfully, it would be best if you put our advice to use. Also, it would be worth considering hiring a commercial cleaning company and getting an estimate for a start. Once you choose the right one, you will assure your restaurant is in top shape, and above all, safe for your customers.