Dining Room Shut Down? Use the Time to Deep Clean These 5 Areas

Apr 14, 2020 | Foodservice Industry, Health and Safety

During these uncertain times, your establishment’s cleanliness level should be at an all-time high. Since dining rooms have been forced to close and offer curbside or to-go food service instead, there is an opportunity to conduct a thorough deep clean of your restaurant without having to navigate around guests. Read on for our top five areas to deep clean during the shutdown.

Point of Sale Systems

Especially now, it’s important to clean and sanitize all of your point of sale (POS) systems, handheld devices, credit card machines, cash registers, checkbooks, and even your receipt printer. These items are constantly handled by guests and staff and can carry a lot of germs. If you’re continuing to operate with curbside service, clean and disinfect your POS systems multiple times per shift according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. The Center for Disease Control recommends putting a wipeable cover over electronics and using alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol when cleaning U.S. community facilities.

Tables, Chairs, and Booths

Tables and chairs are the first things guests touch when they arrive, and the last thing they touch when they leave. While most restaurants require that servers wipedown these areas throughout and at the end of their shifts, they need a thorough cleaning to prevent the spread of disease. The CDC says a diluted bleach solution of 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water is effective against the virus, but be careful where you use it, as not all surfaces can handle bleach. Remember to use caution when cleaning with bleach, don’t use expired products, and never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleansing product.

 

Behind and Under Kitchen Equipment

Pull all of your shelving and kitchen equipment away from the walls to clean behind them. It’s likely that grease, gloves, cellophane, french fries— you name it— have fallen back there. Sweep, mop, and disinfect the floor, then wipe down and disinfect the walls as well. You could use the diluted bleach solution in this instance too.

Condiments and Salt and Pepper Shakers

There are few places in a restaurant’s dining room that guests don’t put their fingers on, but your condiment bottles and salt and pepper shakers especially receive a lot of handling. Use your extra time and a guest-free facility as an opportunity to run all of your condiment bottles and shakers through the dishwasher, followed by a sanitizer bath. Once they’re cleaned and sanitized, put them away in an area where they won’t be touched or moved to prevent recontamination before you need them again.

Carpets and Upholstery

You can rent steam cleaners and carpet cleaners from most home-improvement stores, which are still considered essential businesses and are open during this time. Taking the time to steam clean and shampoo your carpets and upholstery helps with air quality and will give your establishment a fresh look upon reopening. 

Elevation Reps is Here For You During These Uncertain Times

If you’re in need of assistance during this time talk to us. We can help you find the right products for to-go and delivery service and to help you maintain a clean environment. If you need a sympathetic ear, we’ve got that too.