Technology has come a long way and restaurants are thrilled about the software that is now at their fingertips! However, there is one area that technology can’t do, and that’s your deep cleaning. Switching to a QR code menu is a great start, but a lot more needs to happen to keep every nook and cranny looking good and it’s no surprise that keeping your restaurant clean is an extremely important part of running your business. Not only do you want to make a good impression on your customers and keep them coming back, but you want to do your part in preventing cross contamination and the spread of viruses.
Cleaning an entire restaurant can seem like a giant task to tackle, so it is best to have a cleaning schedule written down and divided amongst your employees to lighten the load and ensure that everything is getting done. There are tasks that need to be done daily, others that can be done weekly, and some bigger, more time consuming cleaning that needs to happen monthly. Today we will cover the bigger tasks that should be done on a monthly basis.
Monthly cleaning tasks are more of a deep clean where you concentrate on areas that are harder to reach and more easily overlooked. There are areas in the kitchen that need to be tended to as well as areas in front of house.
Monthly Cleaning Checklist
- Wash Vent Hoods
- Check for cobwebs on ceiling in front of house and back of house
- Wash the walls and ceiling in front of house and back of house
- Deep clean coffee and espresso machine to remove build up
- Dust artwork, signs and decorations in the front of house
- Clean refrigerator coils to remove dust
- Wash behind the hotline (oven, stoves, and fryers) to prevent clogs
- Clean and sanitize ice machine and freezers
- Replace pest traps
Many of these tasks should be on your daily cleaning checklist but performed on a smaller scale, so when you get to the monthly deep clean it is not as hard to tackle. Customers do not want to eat in a dirty environment and as a restaurant owner, keeping everyone healthy and safe should be a priority. Restaurants should constantly be seeking ways to improve their customer service, and having a sanitary establishment is a great place to start.