How to clean your work kitchen surfaces

As important as all areas of a workplace are, the kitchen and food preparation area is the most vulnerable to contamination and possible illness. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness in these areas should be on top of your list.

Following on from the last article, Office Kitchen Cleaning Schedule – A Simple Guide, we continue our look at office kitchen cleaning – including a more in-depth approach on how to tackle elements found within a typical workplace kitchen. Whilst, factors such as the size of the kitchen and how busy it gets throughout the day will help decide on the frequency of the cleaning, it should done routinely enough to control the level of dirt and micro-organisms to ensure it is a hygienic and safe place to eat.

Cleaning the workplace kitchen can be hard work, though it doesn’t have to be difficult. Wray Bros can help

Cleaning the workplace kitchen can be hard work, though it doesn’t have to be difficult. Wray Bros can help

Manual Dishwashing

  • Prepare hot water and concentrated washing-up liquid
  • Scrape off any waste foodstuffs
  • Soak the dishes then clean with a scrubbing brush or abrasive pad
  • Rinse with clean hot water and allow to air dry

Dishwashers (always refer to manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines)

  • Switch off power and remove the plug
  • Drain machine of any waste water
  • Remove spray arms and check holes are not blocked
  • Remove filters and empty out any debris
  • Prepare solution of hot water and degreaser in a bucket
  • Clean filters with solution and rinse well with clean hot water
  • Clean interior then exterior with solution using a clean cloth
  • Rinse all surfaces with clean, hot water
  • Replace all removed parts and allow to air dry

 Refrigerators and freezers

  • Prepare a solution of hot water and cleaner/sanitiser in a bucket
  • Switch of power and remove the plug, then transfer food to alternative cool storage
  • Remove racks and soak in solution
  • Clean all surfaces, handles and seals with the solution using a clean cloth
  • Rinse well with clean, hot water and allow to air dry
  • Reconnect and allow it to reach correct temperature before replacing food

Shelves, drawers and food storage racks

  • Prepare a solution of hot water and cleaner/sanitiser in a bucket
  • Remove contents of drawers or shelves before wiping off all loose debris
  • Clean all surfaces with solution using a clean cloth
  • Rinse with clean, hot water and replace all contents

 Ovens/Grills

  • Spray surfaces with Oven Cleaner and allow adequate contact time
  • For stubborn deposits use an abrasive cleaning pad
  • Rinse thoroughly using clean, hot water and allow to air dry

 Microwave/Combi-ovens

  • Switch off power and remove plug
  • Prepare solution of hot water and cleaner/degreaser in a bucket
  • Prepare a solution of hot water and washing-up liquid in a kitchen sink to clean all the removable parts.
  • Clean all interior then exterior surfaces with the cleaner/degreaser solution using a clean cloth
  • Once dried replace all removable parts
  • Rinse all surfaces using clean, hot water and allow to air dry

Floors

  • Place warning signs at the extremes of the work area
  • Prepare a solution of hot water and cleaner/degreaser in a mop bucket
  • Apply solution to the floor using a clean mop
  • Rinse the floor using clean, hot water with a clean mop
  • Allow to air dry before removing warning signs

Maintaining Hygiene Standards in the Office

It doesn’t matter whether you are preparing food at home, in the office or in a restaurant – a kitchen and dining area should be spotlessly clean. The list above may look a little daunting at first but we believe it provides a solid framework for anyone responsible for keeping the office kitchen and canteen areas clean.

Professional Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning within the workplace, can be hard work, though it doesn’t have to be difficult – Wray Bros can help you provide a hygienic workplace to help keep your colleagues and customers satisfied. For more advice contact Wray Bros on 0151 709 2271.

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