How Often Should A Commercial Kitchen Be Deep Cleaned?

Thursday 7th September 2023

Ellen Warren

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When it comes to maintaining a commercial kitchen, understanding the importance of hygiene is paramount. Maintaining hygiene is essential for fulfilling health and safety regulations and guaranteeing the quality of food preparation.

ICE Cleaning's comprehensive commercial kitchen cleaning services can assist you, providing high-quality results under the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Our team of experts can deep clean your kitchen, including the drains and air vents that require specialised cleaning.

Read on to learn more about how often a commercial kitchen should be deep cleaned and what you can do to reduce hazards.

What cleaning guidelines do commercial kitchens follow?

Routine cleaning tasks

Make daily cleaning of cooking equipment, surfaces, and floors a non-negotiable task. This routine maintenance is crucial for identifying visible mould, dirt or grime.

The importance of deep cleaning

In addition to daily maintenance, deep cleaning is vital. They serve as the solution to hidden dirt or grease build-up that may have already started to spread. Professional cleaners ensure that even hard-to-reach areas are thoroughly cleaned.

Ensuring safety compliance

All staff must receive health and safety training per the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). Employees should be aware of how chemicals interact with different materials during the cleaning process.

By following these guidelines and implementing regular deep cleaning practices, you can maintain a clean and safe commercial kitchen environment. Do not hesitate to seek professional cleaning services to ensure excellent hygiene and safety.

Potential hazards in commercial kitchens

Commercial kitchens contain many potential hazards, and it is crucial to identify them for the safety of all staff. Heat sources combine with flammable materials like oils, creating a room prone to fires. Cooking areas often cause accidents, so missing these areas during cleans could be detrimental.

Fires and burns

In such an environment, regular maintenance checks on equipment are not just necessary; they are vital. Neglecting this step could result in malfunctions that ignite dangerous fires.

Injuries from equipment

Aside from fire risks, workers in commercial kitchens often handle sharp tools and heavy machinery daily. This increases their risk of injuries if handled improperly, such as cuts or crush incidents.

Slips, trips, and falls

Kitchen floors can become slippery from spills or food debris, leading to slips, trips, and falls. A strict cleaning schedule is essential here, as cleanliness is not just about hygiene but safety.

How cleaning can reduce hazards in commercial kitchens

A clean commercial kitchen is not just about maintaining appearances. It is also crucial in preventing hazards that can infiltrate the cooking area, keeping your staff safe from fatal accidents.

Fire risks are reduced by regular cleaning

Grease can quickly gather and build up on equipment and extraction systems after a period. The accumulation of fat and oil residues can lead to fires more than anticipated. These extraction systems will require kitchen ventilation cleaning from experts.

Cleaning thoroughly keeps health risks at bay

The risk of bacteria causing foodborne illnesses multiplies if cleanliness is not maintained. A deep clean acts as a defence against these harmful bacteria, keeping your staff and customers safe.

Good sanitation practices prevent pest infestations

Poor sanitation attracts pests into kitchens when food debris builds up in hidden areas behind counters and large equipment. Commercial kitchens are prone to rat and mice infestations and bugs like flies and ants.

How often should a commercial kitchen be deep cleaned?

You should conduct professional deep cleaning every three months in high-traffic spots such as school cafeterias or fast-food restaurants. This is to ensure that you adhere to the hygiene standards set by UK health regulations.

You can conduct semi-annual cleanings if your establishment sees less business in a café or small restaurant. However, do not go beyond six months without calling in experts for a comprehensive deep clean.

What steps should be taken when a kitchen needs a deep clean?

The process of deep cleaning a commercial kitchen begins with careful planning. Hidden germs and bacteria can grow in every area without being noticed, and must be eliminated by following consistent commercial kitchen cleaning guidelines.

Choose a time when your establishment is less busy or closed to start this task. Uncovering hidden bacteria and germs will take time, especially those hiding behind appliances or under sinks.

Next, you must dismantle equipment such as ovens, fryers, and grills. Consider how easily grease can spread through interconnected spaces via air vents. These grease and food particles can find their way into hard-to-reach areas of your cooking appliances, requiring deep cleaning.

Lastly, make sure to clean every surface thoroughly. Use professional-grade cleaners to tackle stubborn stains on floors, walls, and equipment surfaces — anywhere that is reachable. You must follow health guidelines and precautions while carrying out these tasks to avoid accidents.

Benefits of professional kitchen cleaning services

Hygiene in a business kitchen is critical and invaluable. However, the demands of daily operations often surpass routine cleaning efforts. This is where professional cleaning services come in.

A deep clean service goes beyond surface scrubbing; it involves a comprehensive sanitisation process that leaves no corner untouched. The benefits range from reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses to using specialised equipment and products that regular cleaning cannot match.

In addition, these professional services demonstrate your commitment to health and safety regulations. It is not just about meeting standards; it shows customers you value their dining experience enough to invest in expert care for your kitchen environment.

Frequently asked questions

How do you deep clean a commercial kitchen?

This involves tasks like degreasing equipment, sanitising surfaces, and cleaning exhaust hoods and ductwork. To ensure the best results, you should hire a professional kitchen cleaning company specialising in commercial kitchens.

How do you clean a commercial kitchen floor?

To effectively clean the floor, sweep the floor to remove any loose debris. Then, use a heavy-duty cleaner and mop to clean the surface, including grout lines, as they can accumulate dirt and grime over time.

How often should you deep clean a commercial kitchen?

The frequency of deep cleaning a commercial kitchen depends on its usage. As a general guideline, you should deep clean the kitchen every six months. However, high-volume kitchens that experience heavy output may require more frequent deep cleans to maintain optimal hygiene standards. 

Get in touch

If your commercial kitchen needs a professional deep clean, look no further than ICE Cleaning's commercial kitchen cleaning services. Our highly experienced team utilise cutting-edge tools and superior-quality materials to guarantee that all aspects of your kitchen comply with health and safety regulations. 

To ask about our services, contact us at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk and get a non-obligation quote today. Our experts are stationed across the UK 365 days a year, and we operate 24/7, attending sites for emergency cleans at the client's earliest convenience.

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