Why Hire A Professional Kitchen Cleaning Company?
One of the toughest parts of running a kitchen is keeping it clean. Certainly, any good chef worth their job knows how to clean up a kitchen. And most good chefs know how to spot-clean and ensure that their kitchen is going to be HACCP kosher just in case of a surprise inspection.
But that doesn’t mean cleaning up the kitchen can’t become the worst part. After all, unless you’re going to do a full break down, the kitchen isn’t going to get cleaned entirely. It’s one thing to run a grease trap through a high pressure dishwasher, but that doesn’t necessarily always cut it. Sometimes, you need a full cleaning, especially for your regularly scheduled inspections.
This is where hiring a professional cleaning company can be fantastic. While most professional cleaning companies focus on home and office cleaning, there are plenty of places that will gladly take your money in order to clean your commercial kitchen.
Many restaurants are hesitant to hire a professional cleaning company in order to do a full cleaning on their commercial grade kitchen. After all, they have cooks and chefs. Surely they can simply have those cooks put in a few extra hours and get everything clean. It will save money and work just as well, right?
That is not the case! The real truth is that working in a commercial kitchen is a stressful job. There’s a reason so many chefs have a problem with addiction and alcoholism, and why so many more have anger management issues. By making the chefs work extra long hours just to clean, you’re not only affecting their readiness to do their job, but you’re also forcing them to lose the small amount of time they actually have to calm down and relax. These can be devastating to your overall bottom line, especially if you do a lot of kitchen business.
Meanwhile, a professional cleaning company cleans for a living. Which means that they’re ready, willing, and able to put in a hard night’s work to make sure your kitchen is gleaming the next morning. Not only that, they generally have better equipment and chemicals for cleaning. This can be incredibly important, because if it’s been a while since your commercial kitchen got a full cleaning, then there can be a great deal of caked on grease and other, even harder to clean, bits of grime.
And remember, there’s a lot of space between “HACCP appropriate” and “will pass a state inspection”. The cooking surfaces can be completely clean, but if the corners and crevices haven’t been cleaned well, a grumpy or petty state inspector could decide that you’re not up to code. At that point, you’ll have to schedule a full cleaning no matter what, and you’ll have to do it in an emergency situation. In that situation, not only will you almost certainly not have the manpower, you may not have the time, either. Even if you do have the time, getting a professional cleaning crew into your commercial kitchen on short notice could be much more costly.
Lastly, a professional cleaning company can often do the things that chefs and cooks tend to do half-heatedly at best. A lot of coolers don’t get cleaned nearly as often as they should, because it would require pulling all the food out, cleaning, waiting for the cleaning solution to dry out, and then putting the food back in. That’s a lot of work, and a lot of time. So coolers tend not to get cleaned unless something goes obviously bad, or something breaks open and spills.
A professional kitchen cleaning company will take care of those details. They’re important details to pay attention to, after all, and part of why places might want a professional cleaning crew at all.
So, even though it may seem as though you don’t need to hire a commercial kitchen cleaning company, the real truth is that doing so will save you time, money, and energy in the long run. Scheduling a full cleaning regularly, once a month or so, will help ensure that you’ll never have to worry about the occasional random inspection.