For safety and hygiene purposes, there are specific procedures that you need to follow to keep your restaurant clean and safe. By the end of the day, when you and your staff start cleaning up, everyone is tired and may not put as much effort into cleaning as necessary. That’s why it is important that you make sure to check your cleaning procedures regularly. Any restaurants, cafes and bars that sell and serve food, must be hygienically maintained. It is important that restaurants adhere to health codes and regulations through good hygiene practices. But, with so much red tape it can be hard to know what’s what. (Photo source) For our ultimate guide to restaurant hygiene, have a read of this. Staff Make sure that all staff wear the correct uniform. Kitchen staff must not come to work dressed in their work uniform as they may carry germs into the kitchens from outside. Instead, they should change once they have arrived at work. Sensible shoes should be worn by all staff; no open-toed or backless shoes are allowed. When staff arrive, ensure that they wash their hands with an antibacterial soap and dry them with a clean paper towel. Long hair must be tied up, and in some cases hair nets and hats should also be worn. Nail varnishes should not be worn when handling food, unless wearing gloves. Surfaces Surfaces should be cleaned throughout the day with an antibacterial cleansing spray. Kitchen surfaces should be wiped after each use. Raw meat and fish should be prepared in a certain area and should be kept away from cooked food. Table surfaces should be wiped with an antibacterial spray once the customer has left, and the plates have been cleared. Cleaning cloths should be washed or replaced each day, to ensure bacteria is not spread around the restaurant. Floors Before cleaning the floors, it is important to ensure that the drains are clear and working well. Floors should be swept, hovered and mopped each day, to ensure they are kept up to code. Whilst most floor cleaning should be performed at the end of the day, if there is a mess or visible dirt on the floor, it is a good idea to sweep or mop it up. This will prevent anyone standing in it and slipping over. It is important to invest in high quality floor cleaning equipment to ensure that your restaurants floors are hygienically cleaned. For low cost, floor cleaning equipment have a look online at Nobles parts. Ensure that when floors are cleaned, a wet floor hazard sign is always put up to reduce the risk of someone slipping over. Make sure the sign is clearly displayed. Crockery Food scraps left on plates, and in pots and pans should be scrapped into a food only waste bin before being washed by hand in hot, soapy water. Once cleaned, plates should then be stacked into a dishwasher tray and placed in a commercial dishwasher. It is vital that all plates are disinfected in the dishwasher and are not just washed by hand. As hand washing may not kill all bacteria. To keep your restaurant safe and hygienic, it is vital that you keep on top of your cleaning schedule. Otherwise, you run the risk of being closed down.