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Top Challenges and Solutions in Restaurant Floor Cleaning

May 28, 2015

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Running a restaurant comes with a variety of daily challenges, and one of them is floor cleaning. Between the dining area, bar, bathrooms, kitchen and the outdoor patio, the square footage you have to maintain adds up fast. As a Maryland restaurant cleaning company, at Kent Clean we work with many restaurant owners to help maintain their facilities in top shape. Here are some of the most common challenges we encounter, as well as a few ideas on addressing them.

Working Around Business Hours

Most restaurants are open long hours, which leaves very little room for thorough cleaning. Of course, there is ongoing cleaning that happens throughout the day, but it doesn’t take complete care of the major stains and messes. You need a cleaning crew that could come in very early before opening or right after closing, so that they don’t interfere with the patrons. An additional challenge is drying time, especially for carpeted areas. At Kent Clean, our Maryland restaurant cleaning professionals use fans to speed up drying and make sure the surfaces aren’t slippery.

Dealing With Odors

There is a reason why many cafes and restaurants have switched to faux leather and vinyl upholstery—it’s water-resistant, easy to clean and it doesn’t trap odors. However, if you still have carpets or fabric-upholstered seating, removing stains and odors can be a challenge. You need a professional upholstery cleaning service that will address odor removal besides the treatment of stains. Or, as an alternative, you can update your indoor and outdoor furniture to materials that don’t absorb odors.

Gum, Grease and Candle Wax

Depending on the type of food and patrons your establishment serves, you may have additional challenges with removing gum, grease or wax stains. These stains aren’t always as easy as they look, and can be time-consuming to deal with. This is something your closing crew may simply not have time to address. If that’s the case, you may need additional help to remove these stains from flooring and/or upholstery.

The Kitchen

The kitchen needs to be clean not only for looks, but also for the safety of your personnel and customers. As you know, there is a certain sanitation standard that applies to restaurant kitchens that needs to be maintained. And considering how messy a kitchen can get by the end of the day, maintaining this standard is not always easy. Slick tile flooring often installed in restaurant kitchens due to the ease of maintenance presents many challenges. First of all, it gets extremely slippery when greasy or wet. Second of all, a lot of dirt and bacteria get pushed into the grout lines during regular moping. Your kitchen could use professional tile cleaning on a regular schedule to make sure all contaminants are removed.

Tight Maintenance Budget

With the bulk of the money going toward marketing, hiring and improving your services, there is little left for floor cleaning. And with this tiny budget, you resort to buying the least expensive cleaning products and equipment available. Unfortunately, a mop and a bucket is just not enough to clean your restaurant’s flooring quickly or thoroughly. A better investment may be hiring a cleaning crew that can provide additional support when you need it. Depending on the volume of customers your restaurant handles, you can have someone come in once a week or once a month to deep-clean tile, grout and upholstery. This way you don’t have to invest in expensive equipment and can have deep-cleaning on demand.

Contact Kent Clean today if you have any questions about our approach to commercial floor cleaning or need help maintaining your restaurant.

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