9 Helpful Hacks for a Deep Spring Clean

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With warmer weather approaching, you’ll soon be watching your business thrive as the spring traffic picks up. With more light shining through the windows, the finer details are easily noticed meaning it’s surely time for a deep spring clean.

In such a competitive industry, your venue’s standard of hygiene counts more than ever. Get it right and you’ll win a decent share of your neighbours’ trade. And if you’re concerned about cost, you’ll be surprised how budget-friendly cleaning can be with these nine top tips to bring your business back to its brilliant best.

1. Start With a Checklist

When preparing for a deep clean, a methodical approach will save you repeating chores. Starting from top to bottom is also a wise move, so for example dusting light fixtures and the tops of your appliances shouldn’t be left until the end. This will also ensure you can sweep and vacuum floors before the application of wet cleaning products or polishes.

This Ultimate Kitchen Cleaning Guide will ensure no stone is left unturned.

2. Control Your Cleaning Costs

And to do that you need to know how exactly much you use. There is simply no substitute for professional cleaning formulas. Even if you were to concoct your own mixture as seen in most kitchen hacks (usually involving vinegar, baking soda or even vodka) you’ll pay far more for those materials than professional grade cleaning chemicals anyway.

There's no doubt that the cost in use of cleaning chemicals is important for your budget. And the way to check that is to apply a little basic formula:

Firstly, work out the price per litre.

Then divide your litre cost by the dilution ratio.

We'll use the Jantex dishwash detergent as an example:

  • Dilution Ratio 1:500
  • 5 litre Container @ £6.99
  • £1.39 per litre
  • £1.39 % 500 = 0.28p per litre in use (diluted)
In this way you can monitor your usage more closely, how much to reorder, and if your cleaning chemicals of choice are actually cutting into your profits. 

3. Autodose

Further to analysing their cost in use, you can also save on the cost of cleaning by auto dosing your chemicals. Keeping a container in a locked cabinet makes sense not only to mitigate butterfingers but to help controlled measuring of formulas. Accidentally knocking over several weeks' supply of bleach or detergent is not only hazardous but costly too. Why not insure against this if you can?

Easily adjustable, autodose dispensers can be used with sinks, buckets and spray bottles to help your cleaning chemicals go further. You'll also be able to minimise physical contact with the solutions for the benefit of your staff.

4. Fight Grease with Grease

Maybe this sounds counter-intuitive.. but don’t be dubious: it works. When it comes to an oil-splattered kitchen top, using soapy water tends to spread the oil around. Instead, a few drops of cooking oil on your cleaning cloth or sponge will help collect excess grease and oil.

You can also reduce the amount your pans spit oil and grease by using a splatter screen.

5. Don't Underestimate the Value of Blue Roll

Commonly known as catering roll – blue roll is the gold standard in paper hygiene, guaranteed to save you time and a lot of physical labour. Whenever there’s a spill, wet surface left after cleaning, streaks on your glass windows or a slippery chopping board it becomes the ultimate remedy.

So running low before a big cleaning job should be a cause for concern. Besides, using hand towels for these tasks will just eat into your budget. The blue colour also serves a significant purpose, making it easily detectable so it can be used safely in food preparation environments, even production lines. But you’ll also see it everywhere from kitchens, workshops and garages to medical practices and even at home. And once you start using it, you never go back!

At less than £1 per roll, your cost in use works out at roughly 0.0019 per use (based on average sheet size). And because our blue roll is CHSA accredited, you can rely on the sheets per roll.

6. Entrances & Communal Spaces

One of the best ways to keep your communal areas clean is to stop dust and dirt entering the premises with entrance mats and obviously, regular vacuuming. With regular vacuuming you’re not just lifting dirt from carpet fibres, but improving the air quality too. Your allergen-sensitive customers will certainly thank you for that. For more reactive carpet cleaning, consider keeping a cordless cleaner on standby for added convenience.
Laminate floors need to be swept and if using floor cleaning products, it’s important not to apply them directly as not to cause staining.

Though not technically entrances, windows give passers by a brief glimpse into your world. If their view is obscured by dirt they could make assumptions about your food and service, however unfair it may seem. If you haven’t enlisted the help of a local window cleaning service – consider purchasing the window cleaning equipment yourself instead, and it wouldn't take long to recuperate the cost of investment.

7. Refresh Your Linens and Staff Uniforms

Though laundering chef whites will be regular occurrence, spring is the best time to clean window fixtures and linens. This might also prompt a chance to revisit potential styles and bring your uniforms up to date. You could even explore neighbouring venues to get some ideas about how to differentiate from nearby competitors.

Consider embroidered logos to help promote your brand, as well as simple additions such as aprons or headwear. A deep clean and fresh environment will have benefits for your staff as well as customers. This, coupled with a change of uniform could be a key motivational boost for the busy months ahead.

8. Antibacterial Storage

Is your shelving easy to clean? This often poses problems where static shelves are difficult to move. So you might want to consider mobile shelving instead as it’s a more versatile. It could even save you money on cleaning, certainly the time it takes to move to reach those corners in the stockroom. Choice of material is also key because polymer shelving includes a built-in microban compound. It resists mould and bacteria, keeping the shelves ‘cleaner in between cleanings’. The shelves can also be removed for easy cleaning and even put through a dishwasher.

9. Save the Bathrooms Until Last! 

The last thing you want to do is transfer germs from the bathroom. Avoiding this is one of the many benefits of using a colour coded cleaning system. Washroom hygiene is responsible for the majority of customer feedback at least in restaurants, and so top marks here can easily boost your reputation. In the eyes of the customer, bathrooms are arguably more important than the kitchen. As finer details are what will separate you from competitors, its well worth the effort and attention. Maybe you didn’t notice those worn grout lines, rusty waste bins or the back of the toilet door - but you can bet customers will.

Adding a commercial air freshener is such a simple way to defend against unpleasant smells which so easily affects customer psychology. It’s these subtleties which appear on review sites time and time again. automatic air fresheners are discreet, cost-effective and can even be programmed to save energy overnight or when rooms are empty.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments section below.

By Jeff Gibson

“Food is quite simply a way of life for me, as are the kitchen tools and gadgets that make cooking quicker and simpler. If I'm not enjoying a great meal then I'm in the kitchen experimenting or reading about the latest kitchenware products. ”


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