Keeping your commercial kitchen floor clean isn’t just about making it look nice, it plays an important role in ensuring the safety of your kitchen staff. Spills and other dirt on the floor can create a slip hazard, not to mention wear down your floor.
Use the following tips to keep your commercial kitchen floor clean and safe at all times.
1. Create a system - and stick to it!
Creating a system is one of the best ways to ensure commercial kitchen floor cleaning success. All cleaning staff should be trained on the procedures and up-to-date written copies should be available for reference.
Once a system is developed, cleaning duties should be scheduled and assigned to specific staff. Written logs of tasks completed should be maintained to ensure accountability. It is especially important to schedule and track tasks that don’t need to be done every day to ensure they are not overlooked.
2. Place warning signs and/or close the area
Always close off an area or place warning signs before you begin cleaning a commercial kitchen floor. Not only could someone walking through track in dirt and impede the cleaning process, but they also risk falling on a wet or slippery floor.
3. Sweep the floor first
Sweeping is too often overlooked as part of the commercial kitchen floor cleaning process when it’s actually a critical step. By sweeping the kitchen floor first, you’ll avoid simply moving around dirt with the mop. As great as commercial kitchen floor cleaning products like Sheiner’s are, the less dirt they have to work with to begin with, the better. Sweeping will also help prevent floor drains from being clogged with unnecessary dirt and debris.
4. Ensure the floor drains are clear
There’s nothing worse than starting to mop and rinse the floor then discovering halfway through that the water isn’t draining as it should!
All floor drains should be functioning and unobstructed to allow water and leftover cleaning solution to drain quickly and thoroughly. This will ensure the cleanest floor possible as well as eliminating the unnecessary build-up of dirt where the water may pool.
5. Clean the floor before other kitchen equipment
It’s often thought that cooking equipment and higher-up surfaces should be cleaned before the floor, but the opposite is actually true. Thorough cleanliness is of utmost importance in a commercial kitchen.
Cleaning the floors in your commercial kitchen first will prevent particles of dust and dirt from becoming airborne and landing on food processing equipment. In the case that they do, by cleaning them after the floors, you’ll ensure that every surface in the kitchen is properly cleaned and no dirt or germs are left behind.
6. Let the commercial kitchen floor cleaning product sit
Don’t mop the floor with your commercial kitchen floor cleaning product and then immediately rinse the floor. It’s best to let the product sit for a few minutes so it can really attack all of the dirt and grease on the floor.
7. Ensure the floor is thoroughly rinsed and dried
If the floor cleaning product you’re using requires rinsing (check the label - not all do!), make sure to thoroughly rinse away all of the cleaning product and dirt. Failure to do so can leave dirt and/or a residue behind which could make the floor slippery.
Make sure the floor has time to properly dry before removing the warning signs and opening up the area again. Don’t cut corners here; wait the full time necessary and check that all areas are dry or you risk injury for your cleaning staff or other patrons should they slip on a lingering wet spot.
8. Keep commercial kitchen floor cleaning equipment clean and stored off of the floor
What’s one of the best secrets to a clean commercial kitchen floor? Using clean equipment! Mops, brooms, buckets and other supplies should be cleaned on a regular basis so that dirt isn’t simply being pushed around on the surface you’re cleaning. This will also prevent cross-contamination of germs and food pathogens.
When you store your cleaning equipment, it should be stored off of the ground on hooks or on a cart as appropriate. This will help keep them as clean as possible while not in use, and also prevent unnecessary wear and tear to help them last as long as possible.
With our helpful tips and the right commercial kitchen floor cleaning products on hand, you’ll be on your way in no time to clean, sparkling floors even after the busiest and messiest of days in the kitchen.
View Sheiner’s catalogue online today to find the right commercial kitchen floor cleaning product for your needs.