Looking To Find Out About Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning In Hertfordshire?

Run a business preparing or selling food? Want to know more about restaurant kitchen deep cleaning in Hertfordshire? Richard Norman, Managing Director of Indepth Hygiene, answers common questions about deep cleaning for commercial kitchens.

How is kitchen deep cleaning different to routine cleaning?

Simply put kitchen deep cleaning is thorough cleaning of every surface in a commercial kitchen from ceiling down to floor. It’s cleaning that is not done as part of your regular routine cleaning. This would include all equipment being pulled out, dismantled and cleaned. It‘s also removing the build-up of grease from grease filters, internal surfaces of canopies and drip traps.

Having a deep cleaning programme in place can assist you in complying with the wide ranging Food Safety legislation and Health & Safety requirements – if prosecuted those responsible for the facilities will need to demonstrate that their organisation has shown and executed ‘due diligence’. They’ll need to show that there is an effective cleaning protocol in place. After we’ve carried out a deep clean we provide a certificate of cleanliness which could be used as evidence.

How often should I have deep cleaning done?

It depends on the demands and usage of your kitchen but it’s generally good practice to have deep cleaning carried out twice a year.

What about disruption to my business?

The way we work is by deep cleaning kitchens at the quietest times including at night if necessary. If required we can lock up premises and return keys to a mutually agreed place.

Anything else I should be aware of?

Yes, most commercial catering facilities have a grease extract ventilation system to draw out grease-laden  air via the cooker hood and out into the atmosphere. What some may not be aware of is that grease particles can pass through filters and then coat the internal surfaces of the ductwork and fans with grease deposits.

The problem is that grease is highly flammable and can self-ignite under the right conditions. Ductwork often runs through an entire building which means a fire can spread quickly.

Are there any specific legal requirements for having grease extract cleaning done?

The Fire Safety Order requires owners and managers of buildings to take action to eliminate any potential fire risk to the building and its occupants. Should “the Responsible Person” fail to carry out fire risk assessments or take appropriate action to protect the safety of the building, and a fire causes injury or death, they may be liable to criminal prosecution.

Eliminating the fire risks from grease extract systems can only be achieved by a professional deep cleaning company because it’s beyond the capabilities of general cleaners. Indepth Hygiene has the skills and knowledge to do the job properly. We follow B&ES Building & Engineering Services Association recommended procedures and standards as set out in specification TR1/19.

Insurers are also asking for evidence that the Fire Safety Order is being complied with, together with relevant warranties.

If we are looking to use Indepth Hygiene where do you cover?

We cover all of Hertfordshire and beyond including:

• Hemel Hempstead
• Stevenage
• Watford
• St Albans
• Welwyn Garden Centre
• Cheshunt
If you have any further questions on restaurant kitchen deep cleaning in Hertfordshire or grease extract cleaning, Norman and his expert team would be happy to help. They can be contacted on +44 (0)333 456 0279 or emailing: admin@indepthhygiene.co.uk

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