As the world continues to step out of COVID-19 restrictions, operators must make sure to prepare for increased foot traffic and restaurant cleaning expectations while addressing the challenges of hiring.
In particular, increased consumer health and safety requirements in the era of the pandemic mean that more focus than ever before on maintaining a sanitary environment.
To help restaurants prepare for the lifting of restrictions and labor shortages, Cintas, which offers a variety of facility services for both front and rear cleaning and hygiene, offers six tips essential.
“From closures to limited capacity to other restrictions, the restaurant industry has adapted remarkably to keep their businesses operating during the pandemic,” said expert John Engel. “As restaurants prepare for a return to ‘normal’ this summer, they face new challenges, such as labor shortages, increased demand and maintaining higher standards of cleanliness. “
Here are some tips to prepare for and continue to respond to an increase in customer numbers this summer:
Launder cleaning items and tools
Laundering items such as microfiber towels, bar towels, mop heads, and uniforms is often a tedious process undertaken by restaurant owners or managers. Operators can save time and achieve better results by outsourcing clothing and loose items that are cleaned through a professional and industrial laundry process.
Restaurant employees must have access to cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE). Operators are advised to consider installing chemical dispensers that connect directly to the water line and dispense properly diluted chemicals with the push of a button.
Likewise, restaurant managers and owners can consider investing in disposable disinfectant and disinfectant wipes to help maintain their stock of quick and readily available solutions for hand hygiene and hard surfaces. Having PPE like disposable gloves on hand is also essential for catering workers who interact with food and many people on a daily basis.
Deep toilet cleaning
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, negative online toilet reviews would deter 89% of Americans from dining, according to a Harris Poll.
It is important that restaurants perform regular deep cleaning that includes disinfecting surfaces and removing buildup, dirt and bacteria. For example, high pressure cleaning extracts dirt and dirty water to avoid cross contamination and odor causing bacteria.
Many restaurants have removed rugs and replaced them with floor stickers to remind people of social distancing. As restaurants return to full capacity, they will experience levels of foot traffic and floor wear before the pandemic. Carpets can help extend the life of floors by preventing dirt and debris from having an abrasive effect.
Consider an outsourced carpet service provider to remove and replace dirty carpets with freshly washed carpets. Washing your own rugs takes time and strains your equipment.
Maintenance of kitchen drains
Fats, oils, grease, and other kitchen food waste build up in drains over time and often cause foul odors and clogs that require tedious draining. Maintaining kitchen drains can help keep fluids free.
Installation of touchless soap, disinfectant and paper towel dispensers
Consider installing contactless dispensers to avoid spreading germs on frequently touched surfaces in restaurants. Dispensers without contactless functions may harbor more bacteria and viruses. Installing paper towel dispensers to replace air dryers can help prevent the spread of germs in the toilet.
“Restaurants may want to maintain their pandemic cleaning protocols to meet increased cleanliness expectations,” Engel added. “Exploring an outsourcing model can help restaurateurs save time and allow them to focus on priority needs while promoting a positive image. “