Cleaning a commercial kitchen floor is almost nothing like cleaning the kitchen floor in your home. There are parallels, but unless you’re Gordon Ramsey, the two will look much different. The reasons for this are somewhat obvious – commercial kitchen floors have industrial mats, non slip installments, and are often wet, greasy, and littered with garbage and food waste.
Your commercial kitchen floor should (at some point) look like this. Satisfaction aside, it should only look like this temporarily. Here’s a reliable checklist for cleaning your commercial kitchen floors:
Fill Your Large Sinks With Hot Soapy Water…
…and toss all of your kitchen floor mats into it! Letting your floor mats soak in hot, soapy water will help clean and disinfect your mats while you work on cleaning the floors.
Sweep The Entire Floor
Using an industrial broom, preferably one with strong bristles, sweep your entire commercial kitchen floor, making sure to get under frequently used appliances and especially well across the high traffic areas. Your commercial kitchen floor should be almost completely free of loose debris.
Prepare & Apply Degreaser Solution
Using an industrial kitchen floor degreaser, prepare your degreasing solution. It should be diluted appropriately before you either spray or otherwise apply it throughout your kitchen floor. Let it sit for the appropriate amount of time, so the solution can soak in and loosen up the grease that coats the floor.
Once the solution has soaked for long enough, get to scrubbing the grease! Make sure that whomever is doing the scrubbing is wearing goggles, a mask or respirator, and rubber kitchen gloves. Don’t find out the hard way as to why…
Once all of the grease is effectively scrubbed out and off of your commercial kitchen floor, thoroughly rinse the whole floor with very hot water. It’s actually better to perform this step one more time than you think is enough – better safe than sorry!
Note: it’s a good idea to check the drains on the floor of your commercial kitchen before applying the degreaser solution, and of course, before rinsing. Again, don’t wait to find out the hard way as to why you should check.
Mop (for Disinfecting)
This step is pretty simple. After your kitchen floor has been rinsed, and all of the water has drained, mop the floor once over with the right disinfecting solution. This step will ensure your commercial kitchen floors are disinfected and smelling great.
& Let Air Dry
Once all of this is done, before you place your floor mats back in their appropriate spots, make sure to let your commercial kitchen floor air dry completely. For that matter, make sure your floor mats are also completely dry before putting them back.
Once you’re done cleaning your commercial kitchen floors, take a deep breath and revel in your work, but remember that you’ll need to do all of it again in due time.