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More Beverage Options Mean More Opportunities For Contamination

More Americans are buying beverages outside of their homes. We’re talking everything from coffee, to soft drinks to smoothies and iced tea. Recent research found that 71% of customers now purchase beverages away from home at least twice a week, up from 66% in 2010. Beverages give restaurants a high profit margin, and in turn, […]

Scraping Safety: Protecting Your Employees While Getting Your Grill Clean

Scraping Safety: Protecting Your Employees While Getting Your Grill Clean

When it comes to cleaning, safety is always of paramount importance. This includes ensuring that those who are doing the cleaning have the right tools to get the job done without putting themselves at risk. In restaurants, one of the most dangerous places to clean can be the grill, griddle or flat top. It’s great […]

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Reactive vs. Proactive: Avoiding Foodborne Illnesses With Proper Cleaning

Approximately one in six people get sick each year in the United States from eating contaminated food. That’s about 48 million people according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The illnesses can come from a variety of foods including meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables and even certain processed foods. The contamination can come […]


What’s Living In Your Kitchen Sink?

What is the germiest, most bacteria-filled place in your home or restaurant? You might be surprised to learn it’s not in the bathroom. Kitchen sponges, dishcloths and sinks harbor more potentially deadly bacteria than your toilet! That’s according to the man known as Dr. Germ (real name: Dr. Charles Gerba), a microbiologist who has been […]

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Adventures in House Cleaning: Day 2 – The Kitchen

All this week, I am testing out my new theory that cleaning for 10-20 minutes a night will make my weekend workload a lot easier. I proposed a schedule on Monday that started with cleaning my bathrooms. Tuesday’s task was cleaning the kitchen. The process for kitchen cleaning, like any other cleaning job, is to […]


How Clean Is That Restaurant? Take A Peek Inside An Open Kitchen

Cleanliness is one of the most important things for restaurants. A good presentation, both on the plate and in the business itself will keep customers coming back for more. I have written several times about restaurant cleanliness, from restrooms to floors and even entryways. What I haven’t written much about is the kitchen, the most […]

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Color Coded Cleaning

When you think about your cleaning supplies, color is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Red, yellow, blue – what’s the difference? Why does color even matter when you’re cleaning? It’s simple: color coding leads to cleanliness. Really. Just think about it. You don’t want someone to clean the bathroom, then take […]