When it comes to cleaning a commercial kitchen, there are many components that need to be considered. From hood vents to countertops and hard surfaces, the kitchen space has different areas that are prone to the buildup of grime and other dirt particles. There may be hard to reach areas where deep cleaning is needed, like behind a refrigerator. In this month’s blog, we’re going to talk about some of the tips and solutions for cleaning a commercial kitchen.
Countertops and Hard Surfaces
In the kitchen, countertops and surfaces are used for food preparation throughout the day. With the amount of food and other particles that are dropped or smudged on the surface, countertops can be a source for bacteria. We recommend cleaning countertops a couple times a day with a disinfectant spray and soft cloth. Before spraying, remove bins and other items that may be in the way. Spritz 8-12 inches away and then wipe away the remaining disinfectant.
Commercial Appliances and Equipment
Kitchen appliances are also another main area that needs to be cleaned weekly. Businesses use large refrigerators, grills, and ovens to cook and keep food fresh. Since food is moved and set down on these surfaces during the week, the grime of all of these food particles can accumulate and gather together. Take our advice and wipe down appliances at least once a week. We’ve created a checklist here to follow:
- Fryers – Clean out your fryer once or twice a week.
- Ovens and ranges – Wipe down racks, walls and the door as part of your weekly oven maintenance.
- Burners, flattops, and cooktops – Scrub down surfaces using a disinfectant spray or warm soapy water.
- Grills – Brush off ash and grime off your grates after use. In some cases, you may have to soak them in warm, soapy water to break up grease. Also, empty out any drip trays or areas underneath your burner or grates.
- Refrigeration units – To prevent sludge buildup, regularly empty and clean the drain pans and tubs.
Floors, Walls, and Ceilings
After a lunch or dinner rush, food and particles may have flown onto the floor or the walls of the kitchen. We suggest cleaning from top to bottom, starting with the ceilings. Here are some tips to make your area spotless:
Ceilings: Grab a stool or ladder and place under the space you would like to clean. Grab a disinfectant and scrub brush so the bristles can easily remove the grime. Wipe away remaining particles with a cloth.
Walls: Move appliances and other equipment away from the walls so you can reach your desired space. We recommend deep cleaning the kitchen walls on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Clean food splatters with the appropriate degreaser or cleaning solution to scrub off the buildup.
Floors: Clean your floors daily. Start by removing mats and other floor coverings. Use a broom to sweep away dirt and particles. Next, mop the floor with warm/hot water and combine with a cleaning solution of your choice. Let the floor dry before placing mats back on the ground.
Commercial kitchen cleaning requires businesses to keep appliances, floors, and other areas up to standard. Making sure you have the right cleaning equipment and supplies can be helpful when it comes to cleaning up messes. Another helpful solution is to hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done right. Cleanliness is key, so take advantage of our commercial cleaning service for your business.