National Cleaning Week-The Importance of a Clean and Sanitary Restaurant

by Lawton Brothers | Mar 06, 2018

National cleaning week is almost here! Each year, the fourth week of March is designated as National Cleaning Week, which is the time of the year when organizations focus on the cleanliness of their business, which includes the appropriate equipment and techniques to clean and sanitize. Restaurants must maintain a clean and sanitized environment for the health and safety of your employees and customers. It is essential that you maintain the highest standards of cleanliness in your entire restaurant in order to prevent food, utensils and equipment from becoming contaminated with bacteria or toxins. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of National Cleaning Week for your restaurant.

The Kitchen Area

Although it is essential for all areas of your restaurant to be clean and sanitary, the kitchen is one of the most important areas to keep clean. The kitchen area is exposed to a wide variety of potential contaminants; cooks, bussers, servers and even the cashiers have access to your kitchen, so there is an extremely high risk of contaminating food products. Even uncooked food poses a health risk if kitchen surfaces aren’t properly cleaned. To properly clean the kitchen of a restaurant, the first step is training employees appropriate cleaning techniques, which includes using safe and effective cleaning and sanitizing products on equipment and surfaces that come in contact with food and kitchen utensils/equipment. Local and/or state health departments outline the appropriate types of cleaners and sanitizers that kitchen workers should use when washing dishes. Also, all kitchen items, such as grills, countertops, cutting boards and blenders must be disinfected.

The Dining Area

The cleanliness of the dining room and other eating areas is not only necessary to maintain the overall appearance of your restaurant, but for safety reasons as well. The dining area is generally the first area your customers see when they enter the restaurant. If the dining area appears unsanitary, many of the customers will typically decide to leave. Restaurant employees can properly clean the dining areas by thoroughly sanitizing all surface areas that customers come in contact with, such as chairs, table tops and bar tops. When cleaning surface areas in the dining area it should be done with safe products and clean towels that have not been used on other surface areas of the restaurant, such as the kitchen or restroom. It is also extremely important to regularly disinfect the menus and the condiment bottles.

Restaurant Floors

Dirty floors in a restaurant are unsightly and pose a significant safety risk for your employees and your customers. All floors must be regularly swept, cleaned and sanitized in order to prevent the buildup of spills and to ensure the area doesn’t pose a health risk resulting from the spread of bacteria. It is common for restaurants to place a large floor mat at the entrances of their establishment in order to prevent outside dirt and debris from being brought indoors. Often times these areas are swept and mopped daily, however, it is essential that the cleaning extend to under the mats as opposed to around them. It is also necessary to regularly deep clean the mats with soap and water.

Restaurant Restrooms

Like the kitchen, the restrooms are areas that require frequent cleaning and maintenance. In cases where the restrooms are shared by customers and employees, properly cleaning the restrooms will help to prevent cross-contamination from the employees to food items and eating utensils. Properly cleaning the restrooms requires more than simply wiping a cloth over the sinks and mirrors; all toilet bowls, seats and the floor around the toilets must be scrubbed and disinfected. The door handles, sink faucets and dispensers must also be sanitized. It is also essential that the soap, toilet paper and paper towel dispensers are always fully stocked.

Without a doubt, as a restaurant owner the most important thing you can do to ensure your establishment is properly cleaned and sanitized is be trained and train your employees. Proper training should include the use of appropriate cleaning supplies and sanitizers, equipment and effective techniques. Appropriate restaurant cleaning training is a must in order for the safety and health of you, your employees and your business.

If would like to find out more about restaurant safe cleaning products and/or training, contact Lawton Bros. at 800-432-0813.

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