Commercial Kitchen Deep Cleaning Tips
January 13th, 2023
Last updated: June 9th, 2023
Commercial kitchen deep cleaning is essential from time to time. When it comes to handling food and drink, cleanliness is essential. The Food Standards Agency provide ratings for commercial kitchens and often, less than a five star Food Hygiene Rating is seen as insufficient by consumers.
One of the ways to remain safe, clean, and compliant, is to regularly deep clean your kitchen. This is a task that you can build into your staff’s routines, or even have an external company come in to carry out.
Of course, the specifics of the cleaning will vary depending on the size and nature of the kitchen. Factors such as whether or not you have a large commercial fridge or freezer will come into play, and the ventilation system will be crucial for helping to ensure that the kitchen doesn’t get too greasy.
How Often Items Should Be Cleaned
This varies, and it is important that you consider your own kitchen when making a plan, but our cleaning tips can ensure that you have a rough idea.
Refrigerators and freezers that are used, along with ovens, should be cleaned at between every single shift, but this doesn’t have to be a deep clean in all scenarios. Wiping with antibacterial cleaner is a great way to destroy germs and keep your equipment as clean as possible.
Ventilation systems are absolutely crucial to kitchens, it’s a legal responsibility to keep an adequate ventilation system. This also includes keeping it clean and effective. In a kitchen getting heavily used, a deep clean is essential at least every 30 days (along with cleaning after each shift) and it is also recommended to get professional cleaning such as duct cleaning carried out at regular intervals.
Naturally, surfaces, appliances, and anything used in food prep must be strictly and thoroughly clean at all times.
Deep Cleaning Tips For Commercial Kitchens
Time to delve into some of the tips that you will find really useful when it comes to your commercial kitchen and ensuring it is both safe and hassle-free.
Use a Dip Tank
Dip tanks are just large vessels that are filled with degreaser and cleaning products (and water of course). They can be a brilliant, easy first step in cleaning things like oven trays, fryers and frying pans, filters, and many other washable parts of appliances. A dip tank doesn’t have to be high-tech, it is just a way to get rid of a lot of the grease and stubborn dirt before you do the rest of your washing and cleaning.
Keep Your Ventilation in Top Condition
Kitchen ventilation systems are a legal requirement, and on top of this, there are so many reasons to keep them working at their maximum potential beyond just legal compliance. With a poor ventilation system, it is not only a fire risk for you to manage with fire protection systems, it also means more grease and dirt will build up inside the kitchen. This ultimately means that when it is time for deep cleaning, you will have a lot more work to do to get the kitchen spick and span. On top of that, it may need to be done more frequently.
Get Behind Appliances
This is annoying. It may involve having to move appliances or use specialist equipment, but if you want to avoid having to call pest removal and losing trade thanks to an infestation, it is essential. Lots of pests are extremely good at getting into spaces that us people can’t reach easily, so behind ovens or other appliances is a perfect opportunity for them, especially if there is food there to tempt them. Rats, cockroaches, mice, and lots of other disease-carrying pests are regularly found in commercial kitchens, and getting to every section of your kitchen is crucial to avoid this getting worse.
Invest in Equipment and Supplies
You need the right tools for the job. The sort of cleaning items you use at home to wipe down the surfaces probably aren’t going to cut it when it comes to a commercial kitchen.
On top of that, it is a nightmare if you run out of something essential such as antibacterial cleaner or surface cleaner. Just as important as checking you have ingredients for cooking your food is ensuring you have stocked up on the right cleaning products.
Our experienced and accredited team can advise you with certain aspects of your cleaning, repair, and facilities management needs. Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and services including waste collection and ventilation cleaning, helping to ensure your kitchen runs at full potential at all times. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.