Cleanliness is next to godliness, the saying goes, and nowhere is this more important than in commercial catering. Whether you are running an office canteen, a café, pub, restaurant or hotel, maintaining a clean and hygienic environment at all times is the foundation upon which the business operates.
It goes without saying that every aspect of the kitchen facility should be properly cleaned on a daily basis to ensure safe food preparation and handling. While daily and weekly cleaning schedules are an important part of your regular maintenance regime, this should be supplemented by periodic deep cleans carried out by commercial cleaning specialiststo tackle dirt, grime and germs that can easily accumulate in commercial kitchens.
Here are 4 excellent reasons why.
1. Unbeatable Levels of Cleanliness
No doubt your kitchen staff will have been trained to deliver the highest standards of everyday cleanliness as part of the general maintenance regime in the kitchen. What they won’t have, however, is access to specialist cleaning equipment nor training in specialist cleaning techniques that only professional cleaning operatives will be able to carry out.
A regular professional kitchen deep clean is performed by a team of highly skilled operatives for whom no cleaning challenge is too tough. This includes extractor fans, canopies and filters; ovens, grills and deep fat fryers; tiles and floors. It’s an operation that involves intense steam cleaning and meticulous attention to all those hard-to-reach places in order to eliminate dirt and germs and achieve unrivalled hygiene for your commercial kitchen.
2. Health & Safety Compliance
The production, processing and distribution of food and drink is subject to a wealth of legislation that every food business must comply with. The Food Standards Agency addresses food safety issues at every stage of the food industry chain and it has a statutory role to play in protecting both public health and consumer interests.
When it comes to cleaning, specifically, it is a legal requirement that commercial kitchens must be professionally deep cleaned every 6 months. According to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all outlets must have a cleaning protocol in place to prove that the required levels of cleanliness have been met.
3. Caring for your Staff and Customers
In addition to fulfilling the legal requirements, investing in regular commercial deep cleans also means that you are doing everything possible to protect your customers and staff from any potential health issues that can arise from lack of hygiene or cross contamination.
It shouldn’t be underestimated that commercial kitchens are exposed to a wide variety of possible contaminants, with many staff members having access to the kitchen and able to potentially contaminate food. Uncooked foods in particular pose a health risk if kitchen surfaces are not sufficiently clean. Whether it’s washing dishes, food storage or disinfecting kitchen surfaces, a thoroughly clean environment is key to protecting people from harmful bacterial that can quickly thrive.
4. Business Reputation
In the hospitality industry, your business reputation depends crucially on providing a first class customer experience. Happy customers are more likely to come back, and they’ll tell all their friends too. You need to be seen to show your customers that you care deeply about their wellbeing when they’re visiting your premises. Deep cleaning your kitchen (and the rest of the establishment) is an essential part of maintaining a welcoming environment for your clientele.
Of course, every customer wants to be reassured that they are eating and drinking in the safest and cleanest possible space, which is why cleanliness really is next to godliness in the hotel, pub and restaurant business.
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