There are plenty of people out there who are willing to clean. But if your business involves food service, you know you can’t hire just anyone to clean your commercial kitchen. Food contamination and fire prevention are serious threats when your business processes large volumes of food. Make sure that food safety is your highest priority by making sure that the people who clean your kitchens know what they’re doing.
Of course, any professional cleaning service should be using the proper cleaning solutions including degreaser, oven cleaner, stainless steel cleaner and more. From there, they also need to consider fire code and food safety regulations. Any janitorial service needs to use the proper cleaning tools – without them, they’ll never be able to properly clean your kitchen. But from there, there are plenty of considerations to make sure they’re cleaning the different areas of your commercial kitchen correctly.
How to Properly Clean Kitchen Appliances
Your commercial appliances need to be properly maintained. Without this you risk pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable for food safety, fire safety and employee safety. Plus, it’s more enjoyable to cook in an environment that’s well cared for. Professional appliance cleaning should include but not be limited to:
- Ovens and grills
- Soak components
- Scrub all parts and replace
- Inspect hoods
- Remove built up grease (fire hazard)
- Remove and soak hoods
- Deep fryers and boil-out fryers
- Filter or refill
- Grease traps
- Empty and clean
- Walk in freezers and refrigerators
How to Properly Clean Kitchen Tools
It can be easy to overlook the tools you use to cook every day. Still, these need more attention than just being run under hot water at the end of the day. In order to keep your commercial kitchen properly cleaned, be sure that these things aren’t forgotten:
- Steel wool
- Grill blocks
- Wire brushes
- Deck brushes
- Deep fryer filter machine
How to Properly Clean Cooking Surfaces
The surfaces where you cook and prepare your food need just as much attention as the tools with which you cook. Though they may get wiped down regularly, at the end of the day they should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with the proper solutions. Being mindful of the materials the surfaces are made of will determine which solutions are best suited to tackle each area.
- Food prep stations
- Dish washing areas
How to Properly Clean Kitchen Structures
So, now that your appliances, tools and cooking surfaces are sanitized, you’re done, right? Some people may be surprised to find there are actually quite a few more surfaces to be cleaned. The structures that actually make up your kitchen need to be cleaned too. In order to make sure that your kitchen is really spic and span, make sure that these areas are on your cleaning checklist.
- Hoods and vents
- Exterior doors
- Table legs
- Floor drains
The bottom line is: you can’t just hire your friend’s neighbor’s aunt to clean your kitchen because she’s good at cleaning. Cleaning a commercial kitchen requires specialized skills and knowledge. Make sure you’re hiring someone who can clean your kitchen properly and by doing so protect your customers and your business.