5 Tips to Keep Your Restaurant Kitchen Clean

14/09/2015 - 2:00pm

We know that as a successful restaurateur, the impression that your customers get when they walk through the door and sit down at one of your fine tables is important. But what goes on behind the scenes is even more important. If the kitchen is covered in grime or has spots that need a little TLC, your customers probably will not ever know, but these mistakes could get you shut down. Here are 5 tips to keep your restaurant kitchen clean and your restaurant up and running.

Make a List

The first thing that is important to do is make a list of all the areas that need attention. Prioritize them by things that need to be done every day (or even every hour in the day), every week, and every month. Hold your whole staff accountable for the items on the list and post it somewhere that everyone is able to access it and see what keeping the restaurant kitchen clean involves.

Assign Tasks to Employees

Once you have made a list of all the cleaning tasks and prioritized them by frequency that they need to be done, assign the tasks out to individual employees or groups of employees to complete it. For any business to be successful, all personnel involved in the daily operations of the business should be involved. Employees need to be as concerned with the cleanliness of the workplace as you are and should take ownership of the areas they are tasked with taking care of, as the success of the business and ultimately their livelihoods depend on a clean, functioning kitchen.

Make Cleanliness a Habit

Keeping a restaurant kitchen clean isn’t all about slaving away after hours or at the beginning or the end of the day. It might just come down to making cleanliness a habit. If you are going throughout the work day making sure things are scrubbed down and dusted off throughout the day, it will not be as much of a struggle at the end of the day or the beginning of the next day to get things back in order. Your grill should be scrubbed off between orders, and preparation areas should be swept and wiped clean after each use as well, not just at the end of the day. And though it may not seem like a big deal, neglecting to perform tasks like kitchen hood cleaning consistently can result in issues down the road.

Stay Consistent

You need to stay consistent with your staff when it comes to keeping the kitchen clean. If you let your employees slack off their cleaning duties for a day, they will likely require extra motivation to get it started up again the next day. Keeping a restaurant kitchen clean will require vigilance and a commitment to taking care of your business every day.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Little habits that are seemingly minor and often the easiest things to do are often the most frequently forgotten. Make sure employees are washing their hands frequently, such as after using the restroom as well as after touching their face. Over 40% of food poisoning occurs because of health habits going on in restaurant kitchens, so be sure that your employees are keeping themselves clean as well as the kitchen, since your guests’ health depends on it.