Commercial kitchens in the UK process over three quarters of a million delivery orders annually. Not to mention hospital meals, nursing home breakfasts, countless foodie restaurant covers and filling school meals for hungry young learners. They’re busy and important places for both business owners, and customers which is why they should be cleaned regularly.
Whilst you most likely clean your commercial kitchen on a schedule, how often does it get a really deep clean? This is an aspect of kitchen maintenance where many businesses fall short. General cleaning is often a given because it’s pretty easy to complete daily and weekly. However, deep cleans require some level of disruption and so they can fall down the list of priorities, but that is a big mistake and here are some key reasons why:
Deep Cleans Reduce Your Fire Risk
70% of fires in commercial kitchens originate from extractors getting a grease buildup. A grease buildup anywhere in a commercial kitchen can also be a fire risk. Regular professional deep cleans ensure that fire risks like grease buildup are dealt with effectively. This not only protects your staff and customers from fire itself, but it protects your business against the breaking of fire laws and guidelines.
Deep Cleans Boost Your Kitchen Health & Safety
There are all kinds of health and safety issues in a kitchen that is not regularly deep cleaned.
Grease buildup represents a bacterial hazard in commercial kitchens, which is why extractor systems have to be cleaned regularly.
Another key issue can be slips, trips and falls from debris buildup, particularly in areas where a lack of thorough cleaning has created an issue with the function of the area. There may be other functional problems with storage areas too, which can cause more health and safety issues.
Problems with general stored food clutter, cross contamination, fridge and freezer clutter, refuse area dirt and overall ventilation system dirt can also cause health and safety problems.
It’s worth being aware that these issues and their consequences are not just related to you and your customers, but also the health and safety compliance of your business.
An Increased Risk Of Pest Infestations
Pests are attracted to even the smallest amounts of food debris and grease. This means that if a commercial kitchen is not deep cleaned a pest risk could become very real, particularly with grease traps which all kinds of beasties love to nibble on.
It’s much better to prevent pest infestations with a commercial kitchen deep clean than to have to deal with them on top of potential fines from health and safety officials, and the original dirt and debris that caused the animals to descend on your premises in the first place.
Commercial Kitchen Deep Cleaning Means You Get A General Hygiene Boost
In a domestic kitchen it has been shown that towels used regularly in that space can quickly become a real hive of bacterial activity, harbouring nasties like salmonella.
In a commercial kitchen, risks like this are much higher because of the higher amount of kitchen space usage overall. So, whilst a quick change in cleaning regimes and habits can impact a domestic kitchen enough to make a big difference, for a real general hygiene boost, a commercial kitchen needs a professional touch.
Professional deep cleaning makes sure that the commercial kitchen has much better hygiene overall. Particularly when a professional company has been used, because their attention to detail will ensure areas that are commonly missed during a daily maintenance clean, are effectively dealt with.
Deep Cleans Extend The Life Of Expensive Equipment
Commercial kitchens require durable, expensive machines that are able to work under a lot of pressure and with a lot of usage.
Most businesses can’t afford to be replacing those kinds of machines all the time, and deep cleans help to prolong their life. For example; if limescale buildup is not dealt with, it blocks and corrodes equipment until it becomes unusable. In the meantime, it can impact the energy the machine uses to work, as well as the effectiveness of it’s function.
Is It Time You Booked A Regular Deep Clean With Professionals?
By ensuring that your premises is deep cleaned regularly, you go the extra mile in maintaining a professional, hygienic and safe working space.
For your ease and convenience, professional cleaners can visit your commercial kitchen and get it in phenomenal shape for the good of your health, safety and fire regulation compliance, customers and employees.