Restauranteurs and other commercial kitchens have experienced tremendous economic loss due to businesses being shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, as the country, restaurants and commercial kitchens gradually begins to reopen, it is important to make the proper preparations to ensure your reopening is as stress free as possible.
Here are some areas to concentrate on to help reopen your commercial kitchen seamlessly:
LARGE KITCHEN EQUIPMENT
- Large kitchen equipment will need a deep cleaning. Refrigeration units such as freezers, walk-in coolers, walk-in boxes, walk-in freezers, and others.
- Clean the dust buildup on all your condenser coils and make sure everything is working properly.
- For the outer surfaces, use the proper cleaning agent with a wet cloth, rinse and dry immediately.
- Ensure all countertop units are working properly.
- Sanitize your commercial food processors, slicers, and other units.
- Add a few drops of lubricant for ease of use during reopening.
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT BELTS & BEARINGS
- Tighten all commercial kitchen equipment belts.
- Ensure they are not worn out and in need of replacement.
- Equipment bearings also should be checked and re-greased.
- Sanitize water-using units such as sinks, ice machines, dishwashers, and others.
- Replace filters, make sure that water filtration systems are running smoothly.
- Under-sink grease traps and inceptors should be cleaned regularly.
- Ovens, deep fryers, combi-ovens, fryers, flattops, burners, range hoods and other cooking appliances need a thorough cleaning.
- Remove hardened grease, unclog flues & unblock burners.
- Clear all jammed components.
- Dust off any residue on your countertops before using the proper cleaning agent to ensure the best results.
- Use the proper cleaning agent and amounts in accordance to your specific type of countertop.
- Check to see if your specific countertop needs to be re-sealed.
- Sweep the floor thoroughly before using the proper cleaning agent to ensure the best results.
- Use anti-slip cleaner and degreaser to remove the layers of grease from the floor surface.
- Mop the floor with the proper mixture of water and cleaning agent and allow to air dry.
CALL IN THE PROS
- Preparing your commercial kitchen before reopening can be time consuming and tedious. Schedule an appointment with a professional kitchen maintenance team to ensure the best results.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, that there are differences between deep cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection. Cleaning removes dirt and impurities only. Sanitizing reduces germs to safe levels. Disinfection kills most germs on surfaces. The ideas mentioned in this blog are suggestions and it is up to you to determine which level of cleaning and what methods to use to clean your commercial kitchen.