Keeping your restaurant clean is a big deal. It’s just as important, if not more important, than providing your customers with the best tasting meal possible. The reason? If your restaurant isn’t clean, you won’t get customers to the table to enjoy your delicious food. Customers will get an impression about your business the moment they walk in the door. That means the dining area needs to be spotless. There are several steps you need to take to ensure that customers recognize your restaurant’s cleanliness and stay to enjoy a meal. Here are five steps for keeping your restaurant clean.
- Thoroughly sanitize surfaces: That includes table tops, countertops, bars and chairs. Use towels and cleaning solution designed specifically for the front-of-house areas to avoid cross-contamination.
- Don’t forget the condiments: Many restaurants leave condiment bottles on tables, such as mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, soy sauce or syrup. Make sure to disinfect these bottles and jars as part of your daily cleaning routine.
- Keep your floors spotless: Dirty floors are not only a turn-off, they’re also a safety hazard. Sweep and mop the floors regularly. That includes entryways, open spaces and under tables, chairs and booths. Always mark wet floors to prevent slips and falls. For restaurants with tile flooring, it’s important to scrub the grout to get rid of stains and odors.
- Keep your kitchen up to code: While customers won’t see most restaurant kitchens, cleaning here is important, especially when it comes to food safety. In addition to scrubbing, mopping and sweeping surfaces, you need to make sure to keep raw foods separate from cooked foods and clean up any food drippings as quickly as possible.
- Make your restrooms sparkle: Customers regularly say they won’t return to a restaurant with dirty restrooms. Sanitize all surfaces, including the toilets, urinals, sinks, counters, doors and light switches. Follow these five steps to clean your restroom.