Top Tips To Maintain A Spotless Commercial Kitchen
Bacteria can be found in many places around the kitchen – from bench tops to small items such as utensils. When kitchen hygiene standards are not upheld, patrons and even employees can get sick. This is obviously not great for business. Here are some basic tips to ensure that your kitchen is always kept clean and that illness-causing bacteria does not cause issues for your business.
Adopt Good Hand Washing and Hygiene
Emphasizing the importance of washing your hands regularly is important to stop the spread of bacteria. One should wash their hands before, after and while preparing food. This is especially important if you’re handling raw meat, seafood, poultry and uncooked eggs. Even after going to the toilet, sneezing, blowing one’s nose, touching garbage, do remind your employees constantly to wash their hands after doing actions that might contaminate food or make others ill.
You can emphasize on these points by pasting sheets to remind employees of the correct hand washing technique as well as basic hygiene practices in the kitchen.
The HACCP food safety management system as outlined by the FDA, outlines the rules that kitchens should abide with to prevent contamination or spoilage of food during the storage or preparation process. These practices ensure that food is prepared at appropriate temperatures and promotes good hygiene standards to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Keeping your employees well-informed of the HACCP principles and procedures is important to ensure that food is safe to eat.
Utensils, plates, pans, bowls, chopping boards should be thoroughly cleaned after use. Washing them with hot, soapy water is important to ensure that they are sanitized and ready to be used. A commercial warewasher could be used in ensuring that kitchen items are sanitized. Using disposable wipes, or clean cloths should be used when cleaning kitchen surfaces.
Commercial Kitchen Floors
The kitchen floor is a major place where bacteria can build up. In the building process, the kitchen floor that’s made from ceramics or quarry should be coated with a non-slip coating. Not only does this allow the floors to be easily cleaned, they prevent staff from slipping over.
Used mops can be another breeding ground for bacteria, and can spread bacteria when used. Do use disinfectant solution to ensure that this does not happen. A floor scrubber is a great alternative, being a fast and clean way to keep the floors clean.
Having a cleaning schedule can help in ensuring that sufficient cleaning is done to ensure the cleanliness of the kitchen. This can be done at the end of the day so as to ensure that the kitchen is clean for tomorrow’s use. If you have doubts about your kitchen’s employees’ ability to clean the kitchen, you could employ professionals to get the job done right.
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