For restaurants it is the difference between being a profitable business or out of business when it comes to good hygiene. Customers expect the place where they are eating to be spotlessly clean all the time. Dirty tables and dusty floors are unacceptable in the hospitality industry. How can a restaurant win the battle against germs?
- Clean the stoves and grills at the end of each day. Cooked grime that builds up on stove tops can be a breeding ground for germs because it’s warm and moist. Scrub the stove tops with a scrub brush and the grill with a heavy duty grill brush. Don’t forget to clean the oven as well.
- Sweep the floors and mop them every day. More than once if there is a mess. Keeping the floors clean will not only keep the germs at bay but it will also give the restaurant a neat appearance. Customers will notice this and feel welcome.
- Wipe all surfaces clean. Add a mixture of cleaning liquid in a trigger bottle and spray it on the surfaces. Wipe it clean with a cloth. Ensure that the cloth itself has also been washed with a detergent that removes dirt such as bleach.
- Clean the dishes throughout the day. In other words, as soon as it comes back to the kitchen add them to the dishwasher. As soon as the dishwasher is full of dishes, turn it on and let it wash. Once that load is done, you can remove the clean dishes and start filling it up again.
- Protect your restaurant customers from your staff. People are known carriers of germs. They tend to pass it on to the next person. Invest in chef wear that prevents your staff from coming in direct contact with the food. Disposable gloves, aprons, and chef hats are ideal for this purpose.
- Invest in stainless steel catering equipment. Stainless steel makes it very difficult for germs to breed because it is an inhospitable environment for them. In addition, stainless steel products are easy to clean and it is hygienic. Stainless steel catering equipment extends from serving platters and display ware to heating equipment and refrigeration.
It must be noted that it’s not entirely possible to get rid of all germs and, also, some germs are good for the immune system. However, a restaurant can do its utmost when it comes to the hygiene and eliminate the majority of the germs on its premises.