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Top Tips For Maintaining A Clean Restaurant Kitchen

3 Mar 2023, 5:19 PM

Top Tips For Maintaining A Clean Restaurant Kitchen

Running a restaurant kitchen can feel like an intense job, and you need to consider a range of factors so that your kitchen is compliant with health and safety standards, and never lets your guests down. This means that you can produce high-quality food that is safe for customers, allowing you to meet strict regulations so you pass health inspections with flying colours. Here, we take a closer look at how exactly you can maintain a clean restaurant kitchen for your customers and staff - and how Restaurant Store can help you achieve this.

Best Practices For Maintaining Clean Kitchens In Restaurants

When it comes to cleaning your restaurant kitchen and maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, there are some best practices you should follow in order to make it easier on a daily basis.

Establishing A Cleaning Checklist

When cleaning a restaurant kitchen, it is vital that no element is missed out. Every area needs to receive the same level of care and attention so that you do not end up with issues that could render your kitchen dangerous for staff. However, it can be challenging to make sure that every area receives equal care, especially as cleaning a kitchen is an ongoing process with many different staff members playing a part.

The best way to ensure a uniform quality of cleanliness is by putting a cleaning checklist in place that any cleaning professionals can refer to - this means that whether you have new or established staff, temporary or permanent, they will know exactly what the expectations are. It can be easy for staff to forget that door handles and doors themselves need to be cleaned, but a cleaning checklist acts as a helpful reminder.

Regularly Monitoring Cleaning Tools

Your cleaning checklist should not only include what to do but how it should be done, such as which cleaning products are suitable for which areas and how to avoid cross-contamination. It should also cover how to spot signs that equipment needs to be replaced. A restaurant kitchen is a busy place, especially when it comes to cleanliness. Cleaning tools such as mops should be regularly checked and monitored for signs of damage and degradation. When certain tools age, they may begin to fragment, which can contaminate food and drink across your kitchen.

Not only that, but cracks and other wear and tear can create space for bacteria to grow, causing further issues. Even tools that arenít used regularly should be assessed regularly and replaced as and when necessary. Having replacement items on hand can prevent gaps in your cleaning.

The Importance Of Regular Hand Washing

Personal hygiene has become more vital than ever in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and good practices such as regular hand washing and wearing the correct protective equipment have never been more important. It is also essential to understand the difference between sinks in a restaurant kitchen - there should be a sink, especially for thorough hand washing, with the correct antibacterial soap available for all staff. Any washing of food products should be carried out in a prep sink, whereas mop sinks should be available for ensuring the cleanliness of cleaning products themselves.

When it comes to hand washing specifically, the importance of this should be carried out all across your restaurant so that the kitchen space is not contaminated. Good hand washing practices should be encouraged in all restrooms, not just kitchens.

Staff Training On Prioritising Food Safety

Another element of restaurant safety and cleanliness is food hygiene. This needs to be handled by all kitchen workers, both those who work with food preparation and cooking, and those who prioritise cleaning. Staff training is essential for this, and all food hygiene training should be refreshed regularly, not just provided as part of the onboarding process.

Food safety means not allowing food to be stored outside of optimal temperatures, and not preparing food on unclean or cross-contaminated surfaces. It also means using appropriate and safe cleaning products on surfaces where food is stored and prepared. Having good communication throughout your kitchen provides consistency, and reduces food waste. Not only that, but improper food safety can result in food poisoning and other health issues that could cause further problems for your public image.

Appointing Roles Of Cleaning Key Kitchen Areas

A kitchen is a big place - even the smallest kitchen has a lot of different areas to cover. A cleaning team is usually assigned to your kitchen, and while each employee should be fully trained in every kitchen area, assigning specific roles for cleaning key kitchen areas can help to ensure a thorough job is done. For example, as part of a cleaning checklist, one staff member could focus on cleaning cooking equipment thoroughly, whereas another may be trained on ensuring the cleanliness of the food storage areas.

Smaller or less regular tasks such as dusting out-of-reach areas like light fixtures or cleaning behind heavy equipment should be assigned to a specific person so that they are still carried out regularly. Not only does this mean that each area is cleaned deeply and professionally, but it also empowers each staff member to take pride in their area.

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