The risks of not having your kitchen cleaned regularly
Budget cuts can mean cut backs, but regular deep-cleaning of your kitchen by the professionals shouldn’t be one of the them. Barry Osborn from TWO Services explains why.
Daily cleaning isn’t enough
Although kitchen porters can manage the day to day cleaning of kitchen areas, they’ll be limited with the level of deep cleaning they can carry out. This is because they won’t be trained in high-level cleaning using ladders, and they won’t have the experience to properly deep clean the heavy equipment, such as ovens.
Ovens, dishwashers and hot water boilers are the workhorses of the kitchen and are usually the most heavily used, particularly when large numbers of people are expecting to be fed each day, such as universities. It’s all too easy to underestimate the speed with which grease, oil and limescale can build up to detrimental levels.
Protecting customers from an outbreak of food poisoning is vital. An outbreak risks the lives of those eating the food and can cause irreparable reputational damage.
For kitchens in hospitals and schools, where customers are often more vulnerable to infections, this is even more paramount. Maintaining a consistent and high-level food service is key.
Why have regular kitchen deep cleans
Regular deep-cleans will help protect your appliances from breakdowns, maintain their optimum performance and maximise their life expectancy. Imagine how the breakdown of an oven or dishwasher would impact your kitchen. You can’t serve a hospital of hungry patients and staff if you can’t wash anything up!
Staff undertaking a kitchen deep clean will be trained in dismantling ovens, stoves, combi ovens, deep fat fryers and will be able to professionally clean equipment using effective measures and non-caustic chemicals.
They should clean and degrease every inch of your ovens, refrigeration, storage, racking, equipment, counter tops, ceilings, walls and floors. Leaving you with a sparkling kitchen.
It isn’t as expensive or as disruptive as you might think either. At TWO Services we can deep clean kitchens overnight so there’s no disruption to your food service. And it doesn’t cost any more than daytime.
We also offer bespoke cleaning regimes where we tailor our approach to suit your finances and your schedule – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
Don’t ignore ductwork and ventilation
Just because you can’t see it, don’t assume that ductwork, extraction and ventilation systems are clean. If you haven’t had a regular ductwork clean by an accredited organisation to TR/19 standards, any insurance policies will potentially be invalidated.
Accumulated grease and oil within an extract system build up fast, forming an unseen combustion load. Flash flame or very high temperature within the duct can ignite the grease, causing fire to spread rapidly, igniting flammable materials at various points along the ductwork path.
In fact, a spokesman for the Fire Authority said: “uncleaned grease in extract ventilation systems present probably the greatest potential fire risk in buildings with catering facilities.”
What’s more, regular duct cleans will:
- help keep your energy bills down by as much as 35%
- reduce airborne carcinogens and carbon monoxide
- keep your staff healthier and more comfortable at work, and
- ensure you’re not at risk of prosecution under fire legislation.
It depends on the kitchen and the intensity of equipment use – how many people are being catered for, how many days per week and the hours a kitchen is in operation. We advise that deep cleans and ductwork checks are carried out quarterly, but at a minimum, every 6 months.
Why TWO Services?
Our staff are trained to work with access equipment and clean at high levels, and can move and dismantle heavy equipment to clean hard to reach areas not dealt with on a daily basis. We’ll clean and degrease every inch of your ovens, refrigeration, storage, racking, equipment, counter tops, ceilings, walls and floors, giving you a hygienic baseline to maintain with good daily cleaning.
We work to the highest standards using an integrated management system. We’re accredited to BS EN ISO 9001: 2015, BS EN ISO 14001: 2015 (environmental) and OHSAS 18001: 2007 (health and safety). All our work is carried out in accordance with the European, Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations (in all cases, the latest issue applies) and COSHH. We provide certificates of hygiene after each clean.
If you would like more advice or information, call us on 0800 22 44 33 or visit www.two-services.com.