Let’s be honest: it is completely difficult to clean a restaurant. It can oftentimes feel like an impossible task to clean a restaurant, especially one that has been open for several years – all of that grease, dirt, and bacteria accumulate over time.
However, if you ensure that you clean your business on a regular basis, whether it’s closing time or on a day when the doors are closed, then you can be confident that you have the cleanest sushi place or burger joint in the city.
But how can you achieve such an impossible feat?
Here are five restaurant cleaning tips after closing time:
1. Move the Heavy Appliances
You would never believe how disgusting it really is behind and underneath heavy appliances. OK, you probably would, considering how much cooking you do on a day-to-day basis.
That said, you never want the bacteria, the grease, and the rotten food to accumulate in this area, otherwise you will attract pests, and that’s the worst thing that could happen, especially when city inspectors arrive and perform an intensive search.
How often should you do this task? We would recommend daily, but if time is limited, then this should be performed at least once a week.
By the way, we’re not talking about grabbing a Lysol wipe and wiping down the area. We’re talking rolling up your sleeves and applying some elbow grease.
2. Examine Your Refrigerator
As a restaurant, you likely build up a massive supply of food. Everything from purchasing the ingredients to ready-to-eat baked goods, your refrigerator is filled to the rim.
Unfortunately, that could also mean that you may have spoiled, cooked, or downright rotten food in your fridge that could impact the quality of your meals.
You may not need to examine your refrigerator every day, but this is something that you should do on a regular basis as part of your restaurant cleaning regimen. You only want the freshest ingredients, not ones that have been contaminated by rotten ones.
3. Wipe Down the Greasy Walls
Look, it is an inevitability that your restaurant walls, particularly in the kitchen, will get greasy. It’s just the fact of owning and operating a café, diner, or any other type of food establishment.
The trick, however, is to not let it linger on. If you allow the grease to accumulate, then it will be nearly impossible to eradicate, leaving your walls disgusting, dirty, and deplorable.
At first, you can wipe it down with a rag, soap, and hot water. Should you delay the cleaning job, then you will need a power washer – you don’t want it to get to this point.
4. Always Clean Your Floors
The floors in the entrance will be disgusting when winter rolls around. The carpets in the main dining area will be full of crumbs and stains. The kitchen floor will be covered in grease, water, and any other aspects of your cooked meals.
What does all of this mean in the end? It’s simple really: You should always clean your floors!
If you’re not vacuuming your carpets, sweeping the hardwood floors, or washing the tiles, then you will have a messy looking restaurant which could also be a health hazard. You don’t want that.
5. Sterilize All Regularly Used Items
Sure, you have a dishwasher who will clean every fork and spoon, plate and glass. Unfortunately, it may not suffice, especially if you have dozens of patrons use these same forks and spoons, plates and glasses every single day.
So, what should you do? Sterilize!
You can buy a sterilizer to sterilize every utensil in your restaurant. You should sterilize at closing time.
It may take extra time and cost you a little bit more money, but it’s a worthwhile investment in the end.
Just think about it for a second. Everyone carries germs and bacteria, you don’t want your restaurant to be a host to the swapping of these elements.
Restaurants need to be clean. They are different from your typical household or business. People are consuming food inside your establishment, and they cannot imbibe your triple cheeseburger, filet mignon, or chicken pesto if they were cooked inside a filthy kitchen or eaten on a dirty table with chipped utensils.
So, implement these restaurant cleaning tips into your daily routine, and you’ll be known as the cleanest restaurant in town.