In Minnesota, our restaurants are inundated with salt, mud, and other wintry mess five or six months out of the year. Spring cleaning lets us purge winter and get our establishments ready for the warmer spring and summer months. Here’s your essential spring cleaning checklist to make even the grimiest greasy spoon shine.
Dining Room Checklist
Cleanliness is important throughout your restaurant, but you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck in areas where diners frequent. That’s why you should start with the dining room.
- Repair chairs, barstools, and booths. Mend leather, vinyl, and fabric tears and scrub the grime and grease from legs, backs, and armrests.
- Repair and refresh dining tables. Fill in nicks and scrapes, and resand and refinish wooden tables.
- Professionally clean linens, curtains, and carpets. Replace any stained and torn table linens, professionally steam-clean the carpet, and consider refreshing the décor with new curtains.
- Wipe down décor and light fixtures. Picture frames, vases, and other décor get dusty, greasy, and grimy. Scrub them down with an all-purpose cleaner to get them squeaky clean and shiny.
- Replace staff uniforms. Worn-out uniforms make your restaurant look dingy, so give your staff new shirts and aprons to welcome in the warmer months.
Restrooms are a close second to dining rooms when making a good, clean first impression on your diners. Don’t forget to give your restaurant’s restrooms a deep clean this spring.
- Make needed repairs. Leaky faucet? Get your wrench. Constantly running toilet? Call in your plumber. Keep everything in good working order.
- Deep clean EVERYTHING. All surfaces—fixtures, doors, walls, and floors—need a good wipe down. Deep clean porcelain, tile, and grout to get rid of persistent grime.
- Consider some upgrades. If your restroom fixtures are from a different century, consider upgrading to more efficient models. Automatic toilets, faucets, soap dispensers, and hand dryers help keep your restroom fresh and clean.
Diners care about cleanliness, but the MDH takes it seriously. You already know a dirty kitchen will get you into trouble. But even a kitchen that’s scrubbed every day needs a deep clean every now and then.
- Maintain your drains. Clean out your grease trap and floor drains, which can become blocked with scum and harbor bacteria, bugs, and other bothers.
- Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. Wipe down every surface with a disinfectant. Don’t neglect prep, bar, and food storage areas.
- Steam clean your floors. Tiled kitchen floors get really grimy really fast. Steam clean the tiles with high-pressure steam, then put some elbow grease into cleaning your grout lines.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to get your restaurant ready for the summer dining season. For all-natural commercial cleaning products that won’t harm you, your staff, or your guests, contact me today.
Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!
Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance