Everyone loves to eat at a clean, well-kept restaurant.
An eatery’s reputation largely hinges on its hygiene standards, apart from its food and customer service. However delicious the food of a particular joint might be, if the sanitation there is abysmal, no customer would want to return.
In addition to the above, the customer might leave a nasty review online, which would hurt the business significantly. So, if you intend to have your joint rise in the culinary ranks, good hygiene is a must.
Apart from regular sanitation and disinfecting, you must keep your commercial kitchen clear of pests. If you’re wondering how to do that, we have just the guide for you. So, keep reading to know more!
How To Keep Your Commercial Kitchen Clear Of Pests
1. Identify Potential Entry Points And Block Them
If your restaurant has a lot of window gaps and wall holes, you might want to look into fixing them. Tiny pests can enter via these holes and wreak havoc in your kitchen. Even if you don’t have any such gaps, it’s best to keep doors and windows closed unless necessary or use a screen to cover them.
If you spot a crack in the wall, you can call a professional pest control service to help seal it. In addition to that, they will also help you identify potential entry points for pests, and you can take preemptive action and block them.
2. Find Ways To Tweak Lighting To Reduce Pests
The lighting inside a restaurant or cafe is a significant attraction for many pests. Lights produce warmth too, and many insects tend to gravitate toward warm spaces.
If you own a commercial kitchen, you can install lighting that directs light towards the exits and doors instead of the interior. This will help keep the pests out of your establishment.
In addition to that, you can also set up bug zappers and fly trappers to catch the pests. These devices use ultraviolet light, which lures the pests toward the machine.
3. Ensure Dumpster Hygiene
The dumpster is one place where you can’t possibly maintain a lot of hygiene. Since a lot of waste food and drink goes into it, it is a huge attraction for pests.
However, there are some things you can do as a restaurant owner to mitigate any pest problems that dumpsters may cause. Firstly, ensure that the dumpster is large enough to accommodate all the waste to prevent overflowing.
Next, empty the dumpster regularly and keep it covered with a solid lid to prevent the waste from spilling out and any foul odours. And lastly, clean the dumpster regularly by flushing it with water, and make sure that the water flows into a drain and doesn’t accumulate anywhere.
You can also optionally invest in a deodoriser for the dumpster and try and keep it at a distance from the main restaurant building.
4. Keep Food Counters And Tables Clean
If you run a commercial kitchen, then it’s vital to ensure that your customers have a hygienic experience while they dine. So, in case you own a drive-thru or a food truck (places where it’s not possible to keep exits closed), make sure to put up a curtain. That should prevent at least some pests from getting inside.
Additionally, you can get a door sweep that will fit in the gap between the floor and the door bottom. This helps keep pests out since they can’t crawl through the space under the door. It’s also important to periodically check the restaurant for cracks, gaps, and crevices and take action the moment you spot one.
Another way to keep the food preparation counters and dining tables clean is to periodically wipe them down with disinfectant. By doing this, you can remove any bacteria that might be on the surface and cause diseases. Your staff should be adequately trained to carry out these procedures.
You must also ensure that the floor area around these places is clean because crumbs and drink spills attract many pests, potentially leading to a full-blown infestation.
5. Store Food Properly
Another essential thing to remember when running a commercial kitchen is to secure the lids of any food containers you use. If a container isn’t properly shut, it can become a breeding ground for various pests.
Additionally, we also recommend storing food containers at a distance of at least 6 inches from the ground. Further, ensure that the containers are kept 12 inches away from any wall surrounding them since this makes it easy to clean and inspect the area.
You should also keep in mind certain simple rules while storing food at your establishment. Firstly, use up the product that has been manufactured/delivered first, since that will go bad before the others do. And lastly, you must check ingredients and products used sparingly more frequently since they tend to go bad without people even realising it.
6. Dispose Of Waste Properly
There are a variety of designs of trash cans and dumpsters used by commercial kitchens, for instance, those with a swinging top lid and step-on bins. Irrespective of the kind of can you use for disposing of trash, use a liner to minimise damage to the bin.
Be very careful about how you throw the trash out. If the garbage is susceptible to leaking through the liner holes, discard it accordingly instead of putting it in the bin.
7. Keep Drains Clean
Apart from the cooking and dining area, the janitors’ closet also needs regular maintenance since a dirty drain could lead to many problems in the long run.
Ensure you carry out regular inspections of the room that stores cleaning supplies and call professionals to check whether the drainage system is in order or not. However, if that seems too cumbersome to do regularly, use enzyme-based chemical cleaners to clean the drain.
8. Inspect Deliveries And Packages
A significant part of running a commercial dining establishment is receiving food deliveries or shipments of cooking supplies. So, even if one takes stellar care of the level of cleanliness in one’s establishment, you can never be too sure about the hygiene standards of others.
Parcels and packages arriving from other places may likely have rats, mice, or other pests inside. If you transport these to your pantry without checking them, it could lead to an infestation.
Hence, carefully inspect all the items delivered to your restaurant. If you discover a pest inside anything, kill it and sanitise the package after ensuring that the item inside is untouched.
Tips For A Pest-Free Commercial Kitchen
In any case, despite your best efforts, if the problem doesn’t seem to go away, call a professional pest control service that will resolve the issue for you. GC Pest Control’s technicians are trained and experienced to undertake effective pest control measures for commercial kitchens. Call us today to learn more.
With this, we’ve reached the end of our guide, and we hope to see you again soon!