Hiring a Restaurant Cleaning Company

As a restaurant owner or manager, you understand that cleanliness is key. Customers won't come back to a dirty restaurant. And if you're not maintaining a high standard of clean, you're putting your patrons at risk of food-borne illness, which can lead to health code violations or even the closure of your restaurant.

About Restaurant Cleaning Services

Cleaning services that cater to the restaurant industry understand the unique cleaning needs of your industry. They'll work with you to design a cleaning process that meets your needs, leaving both the front of the house and the back of the house sparkling and sanitized.

Typical cleaning tasks include:

  • Dining room/lobby - Cleaning and sanitizing tables; sweeping, mopping and vacuuming floors; washing and dusting ceilings, windows and walls.
  • Bathrooms - Scrubbing and sanitizing all surfaces, including toilets and countertops; sweeping and mopping floors; refilling all soaps and paper products.
  • Kitchen - Cleaning and degreasing exhaust fans, filters and ducts; emptying grease traps; scrubbing broilers, ovens, stoves, steamers and fryers; cleaning and sanitizing countertops and stainless steel; washing floors and walls .

Any reputable restaurant cleaning service will provide you with a complete checklist of items to be cleaned so there's no confusion. They should also be flexible when it comes to scheduling, working around the unique hours of the restaurant industry.

Cost of Restaurant Cleaning Services

Professional restaurant cleaning comes at a cost, but it might not be an extra cost if you're currently paying staff members to do the cleaning.

  • Standard cleaning services such as vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the bathroom usually runs $.05 to $.20 per square foot or $20 to $50 per hour. You can opt for the service daily, weekly or monthly, depending on your needs.
  • Kitchen cleaning is more expensive because it is more difficult and involved. Heavy-duty cleaning runs as much as $50 to $150 per hour, depending on the level of cleaning that is required, but you probably only need this type of cleaning a few times per year.
  • Professional carpet cleaning costs about $.05 to $.25 per square foot.
  • Stripping and waxing tile or hardwood floors runs about $.20 to $.30 per square foot.

Choosing a Restaurant Cleaning Service

  • Consider your needs. Will you require daily cleaning or weekly service? Do you need the entire restaurant cleaned? Just the kitchen? Always start the process by figuring out exactly what services you need.
  • Do some background research. Is the cleaning service certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)? Does it have a favorable rating with the Better Business Bureau?
  • Know who will be cleaning. If possible, you want the same team to clean your restaurant each time. You're more likely to get a consistent, reliable level of clean. And you'll build a relationship of mutual trust.
  • Set expectations. Discuss exactly what you expect before hiring any service. Talk about which areas will be cleaned, what type of chemicals will be used and what time the service will arrive. If you agree on a set of expectations now, there will be less confusion in the future.
  • Hold up your end of the bargain. Just because you hire a cleaning service doesn't mean your staff can slack off on their cleaning duties. Servers need to wipe down tables and vacuum crumbs after every shift. The kitchen staff needs to sanitize all surfaces and make sure food is properly sealed and stored.

Author: Ashley Smith

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