Ensuring Safety and Quality: Top tips for Front-of-House hygiene
In the bustling environment of bars and restaurants, especially during seasonal periods, maintaining cleanliness is not just about preserving appearances; it’s crucial for health and safety. Key touchpoints in these establishments are hotspots for the transmission of viruses and bacteria.
This article delves into the importance of regular cleaning of these areas and offers practical tips for effective cleaning practices.
We’ll also touch on the importance hygiene for beer lines and how it directly impacts the quality and taste of the beverage served.
Common Touchpoints and Their Cleaning Protocols
Door Handles and Push Plates
- Frequency: Wipe down with a suitable multi-surface sanitiser at least hourly during peak times.
- Tip: Our Virabact Red, available in ready-to-use and concentrated forms, has been tested against a broad spectrum of pathogens.
Countertops, Bar Tops, Tables, and Chairs
- Frequency: Clean after each patron's use or at regular intervals during quieter times.
- Tip: Use a food-safe multi-surface sanitiser like Virabact Red.
Menus, Digital Ordering Screens, and Payment Terminals
- Frequency: Sanitise reusable menus after each use.
- Tip: Ensure the cleaning product is safe for electronic screens. Some digital displays have protective coatings to prevent scratches. Always refer to the manufacturers instructions for cleaning methods.
Toilets & Washrooms
- Frequency: Implement a rigorous cleaning schedule and check toilets and washrooms frequently.
- Tip: Pay special attention to high-touch areas like tap handles and toilet flush levers.
Condiment Dispensers and Shared Utensils
- Frequency: Clean between shifts or more frequently depending on usage.
- Tip: Consider individual packets to reduce contact points.
Importance of keeping beer lines clean:
- Beer Line Maintenance: Yeast, bacteria, and beer stone buildup in beer lines can significantly affect the taste and quality of draft beer.
- Cleaning Frequency: At a minimum, it's recommended to clean beer lines every two weeks to maintain optimal quality.
- Procedure: Use a specialised beer line cleaning solution to flush the lines, followed by thorough rinsing with water to remove any residue.
- Professional Services: Consider hiring a professional service for deep cleaning and maintenance.
- Safety Concerns: Neglected beer lines can harbour harmful bacteria, posing a health risk to consumers.
- Regular Checks: Regular maintenance checks for leaks or damage are also crucial for safety.
The cleanliness of touchpoints and beer lines in bars and restaurants is not just a matter of compliance, but a reflection of the establishment’s commitment to customer safety and service quality.
By adhering to rigorous cleaning protocols and regular maintenance schedules, businesses can ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for their patrons, while maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and beverage quality.