Food safety and sanitization are at the top of the list when we talk about cleaning for your food processing plant. Keeping countertop workspaces and nearby food stations immaculate and in order provides the best environment for food preparation of any kind, while remembering that equipment, storage, and floors are an important part of a sanitary work plan as well. Cleaning and sanitizing these areas should all be done on a regular basis.
How to Clean a Food Processing Plant
Sanitizing Flat Work Surfaces
First, the food work, prep and cooking stations will get messy. Cleaning up these areas on an as-needed basis throughout the day will help prevent any foodborne cross-contamination from happening. Keeping these stations clean and sanitized will maintain a healthy environment for customers and staff alike. Providing exceptional conditions are win-win for everyone and the goal you are aiming for. These food work surfaces should also be sanitized thoroughly on a daily basis, with disinfecting cleaner and meticulous attention to detail to assure these spaces are exceptionally clean on a regular schedule.
Keeping Food Processing Equipment and Storage Areas Clean
Equipment should be cleaned with the same standards as any cooking equipment or work surface. Using hot soapy water to sanitize these areas will assure safety from any foodborne contaminants. Equipment used to create and manufacture your food items must always be kept clean and scrubbed on a regular daily basis. Preferably on a schedule immediately after use. Putting these items away in such a spot as to stay clean and away from other stations where work will continue. The equipment itself isn’t the only thing to address when tending to this portion of the cleaning. The shelving and storage stations where you will house the equipment should always be as sanitary as the rest of the food preparation areas. When food prep equipment is used and returned, these storage areas should be reviewed and touched up as needed. This is the best way to stay on top of areas that aren’t directly related to the actual food preparation itself. Keeping an eye on the cleanliness of these locations encourages a completely clean food preparation organization overall.
Food Plant Floors and Walls
From here you will want to make sure the floors and walls are also continuously brought up to speed with cleanliness standards and debris is always addressed and cleaned up. As production carries on through the day, so should the sanitizing, sweeping and wiping. Crumbs, scraps, and splashing is always an issue when cooking and preparing any kind of food. These messes should be cleaned up on a regular basis while preparing the food as well as after, which should be done in a more detailed manner. After the work has commenced, tile floors should be swept and mopped with a sanitizing solution. Walls should also be wiped down and scrubbed if necessary, with a sanitizing solution. Make sure to mop up any grease, puddles or drippings when tackling the floors and walls. Safety in a food processing facility isn’t only about foodborne illness and preventing contamination. It’s also about safety in your environment and keeping your workspaces clean and dry to prevent any slips and falls.
Hire Some Help to Clean your Food Processing Facility
A helpful way to help keep your food processing facility looking its best is to hire a professional cleaning team to come and do the work. The cleaning staff should be educated on any special sanitizing needs, procedures, and requirements that are involved with having a presence in your food preparation environment. We at Clean Method provide this type of professional cleaning service.
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