Keeping a restaurant clean and ready for customers will be a team effort that involves your whole staff because customers are concerned about restaurant cleanliness. A recent study found that 75 percent of diners say health and safety are their biggest deterrents to in-person dining. To make customers feel safe about eating at your restaurant, you’ll want to create a regular cleaning schedule for your staff to follow.
You may want to sit down with your staff and make a list of all the areas of your business that will need attention. Each restaurant is different, so you and your staff are the best people to identify the unique needs of your establishment. You’ll also want to consult the specific cleaning and restaurant sanitizing guidelines for your local community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What Areas Should Restaurants Focus On?
When making your list of areas to focus on, think about all the places that your customers will go in your business. From the minute someone walks into your restaurant until they’ve had a great meal and are on their way out the door, where are all the places they’ve been or touched? Think about your dining room, restrooms, kitchen, hostess area, bar, or game room. These are the hot spots where people may unknowingly spread germs and bacteria and where you should focus your cleaning and sanitizing efforts.
Make a list of these areas and create a restaurant sanitizing schedule, so your employees will know which surfaces need to be cleaned and how often.
How Often Should Restaurants Sanitize?
How often surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized will be determined by how frequently they’re used. Some surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized daily, while others should be cleaned and sanitized after each use. For example, tables, chairs, plastic menus, and other items should be sanitized after each customer has finished using them.
Other frequently touched surfaces in your restaurant should be cleaned throughout the day. Those include doorknobs, push plates, handrails, and other places that customers might touch when they’re entering or leaving the restaurant or walking to the restroom.
Speaking of restrooms, they’re one of the biggest restaurant-sanitizing jobs you’ll need to tackle. They should be cleaned and sanitized each day, either before the restaurant opens or at the end of the day after all customers have gone home. Toilets, sinks, and faucets can become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. They can also become the source of unpleasant smells if not cleaned and sanitized properly.
Enviro-Master’s weekly restroom hygiene service lets you wash your hands of most of the restroom cleaning duties. During this service, our trained technicians will deep clean your restrooms, and coat the fixtures with a powerful germicidal barrier, followed by our Virus Vaporizer™ electrostatic spraying service. This process keeps protecting your business from germs and bacteria for a whole week! Our electrostatic spraying service is also perfect for restaurant kitchens.
Is Electrostatic Spraying Food-Safe?
As a restaurant owner, you know that the kitchen is the heart of your business. If something goes wrong in there, your whole business is affected. You’ll want to avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners in your restaurant’s kitchen. Employees should also know how to use all cleaning and sanitizing products in your business. Read label directions to find out which products should be diluted with water and how long they need to remain on surfaces for maximum effectiveness. Consider posting written guidelines, so everyone feels confident in their restaurant sanitizing skills.
Our restaurant cleaning services also include the Virus Vaporizer electrostatic spraying service, which uses an EPA-registered, hospital-grade germicide that’s non-toxic. The Virus Vaporizer uses a scientific process that puts a positive charge on the sanitizing liquid, which attracts it to surfaces and completely coats them to protect the surfaces from germs and bacteria. This is the perfect tool for restaurants because it’s food-safe and protects your kitchen for a week.
Let Enviro-Master Take Restaurant Sanitizing Off Your Plate
Staying on top of restaurant sanitizing while also running your business can be a tall order! While we’re not experts at burgers and pizza, we are experts at cleaning and sanitizing. We can take some of the responsibilities off your hands, so you and your staff can focus on restaurant customers.
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