7 Important Tips for Maintaining a Safe and Well-maintained Commercial Kitchen

By on January 30, 2014

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When it comes to cooking, a clean and hygienic kitchen is always a high priority, especially in the commercial and professional cooking industry. If you own a restaurant, are a cook, or have worked in a restaurant before, you’re well aware of the importance of having a well maintained, and hygienic kitchen. County, State and Federal regulations are constantly checking up on commercial kitchens to see if they meet their hygienic standards. However, working with large kitchen designs and appliances, such as commercial refrigeration equipment, will require specific cleaning and routine maintenance. To ensure that your commercial kitchen is as clean as can be, here are some tips that are often forgotten:

1) Use commercial kitchen wall cladding. Using hygienic wall cladding in a kitchen helps reduce both the amount, and the spreading of bacteria. The cladding also provides an easy surface for cleaning.

2) Clean every surface at the end of each day. Before going home after a long day of work in the kitchen, be sure to disinfect every surface of the kitchen, as well as sanitizing any used containers, tools, utensils, dishes, plates, etc.

3) Commercial freezers should be maintained each month. Every month you should be cleaning and checking for adequate temperature in your freezers to avoid any costly damage or spoiled food. If your freezer isn’t temping at the desired temperature, contact a commercial kitchen repair specialist for maintenance.

4) Commercial refrigerators should be cleaned every week. Remove all items in your refrigerators each week and thoroughly clean all the shelves, doors, and walls of the refrigerator. Juices and food that leaks from containers or packaging often occurs and can spread hazardous bacteria that can harbor in your refrigerator.

5) Contact a commercial kitchen repair professional 2-3 times a year to regularly check the electrical connections in your commercial appliances. Regular commercial kitchen maintenance will help keep your appliances running properly, and avoid costly repairs.

6) Clean the refrigerator’s evaporator and condensing coils every month. Too many people fail to do this important maintenance task, but cleaning the evaporator and condensing coils about every 30 days will help preserve the life of commercial refrigerators significantly.

7) Clean ovens every 2-3 days. Most ovens have self-clean options, so running the self-clean option every few days, depending on how much you use them, is a simple way to keep your ovens clean.

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