Feb 14

Sanitising washroom sinks

In this post we are going to cover best practice for sanitising washroom sinks.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Select an appropriate non-abrasive washroom cleaner or sanitiser and apply to a clean cloth or non-scratching scourer.

Use the cloth or sponge to clean the sink or basin, taking care to clean around any taps, overflow and drain.

Rinse the sink thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry.

Remove persistent stains or marks with an appropriate non-abrasive cleaning product appropriately diluted (following the manufacturer’s instructions)

If you are cleaning a porcelain sink make sure that you have chosen products that will not damage the surface of the porcelain over time.

To descale the sink or basin choose an appropriate product diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Apply to the sink thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry.

Spray an anti-bactericidal cleaner into overflow and outlet pipes.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Feb 07

Wet mopping of hard floors

This blog post is going to cover the best practice for wet mopping hard floors.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.
  • Ensure that you have the right mop for the job.
  • In a double bucket system fill one bucket with cold water and floor cleaner or detergent diluted to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Place the mop wringer on the second empty bucket.
  • Put wet floor signs near the entrance to the area being cleaned.
  • Ventilate the area. Open a window or leave a door open.
  • Remove any chewing gum from the floor.
  • Use a brush, vacuum cleaner or dust mop to remove any dust or dirt.
  • Start mopping in the corner furthest from the door, work backwards and keep the bucket on the floor section to be mopped.
  • Immerse the mop head in the floor cleaner or detergent bucket and wring out lightly by placing the mop into the wringer and pressing down to remove excess water.
  • Periodically place the soiled mop into the wringer and wring out completely before putting back into the floor cleaner or detergent.
  • When wet mopping a room, place the mop head along the perimeter wall and drag the mop in the direction of the skirting board.
  • When mopping a hallway mop the floor along the edge of the skirting board first, keeping the mop just in contact with the skirting board.
  • When mopping an open area work in a figure of eight making sure that you overlap the strokes each time.
  • Turn the mop head over frequently as you mop in order to avoid a build-up of the dirt on the mop head.
  • Leave the floor to dry. Close windows and doors previously opened.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Jan 31

Cleaning Toilets

This blog post covers best practice for cleaning toilets.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Daily Programme

  •  Apply an appropriate undiluted toilet cleaning product to the toilet bowl and agitate with a brush to remove stains.
  • Apply the undiluted toilet cleaning product to the area under the rim and agitate with a brush to clean the area thoroughly.
  • Flush the toilet.
  • Select an appropriate anti-bactericidal washroom cleaner and wipe down all the hard surfaces outside the bowl, paying close attention to the high touch areas like the toilet seat and flush handle or button.

Weekly programme for removing limescale from the toilet.

  • Using a toilet brush, plunge into the toilet bowl to reveal the water line and limescale build-up.
  • Select an appropriate toilet descaling product and dilute it according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Apply the descaler to the toilet bowl.
  • Using a toilet brush and/or scourer pad agitate the limescale thoroughly until all traces are removed.
  • Flush the toilet to remove all traces of the descaler.
  • Clean the toilet brush and discard any scourer pads used.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Jan 24

Cleaning coffee machines

This post is a guide on best practice when cleaning a coffee machine.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Spray a clean disposable cloth with an appropriate kitchen sanitiser and thoroughly wipe the exterior of the coffee machine, taking care to clean all recesses and corners.

Remove the froth stick if possible and thoroughly clean it with an appropriate kitchen sanitiser used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure to rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of sanitiser.

Fill the water reservoir of the machine with an appropriate coffee machine cleaning product (tablets are often used for this purpose) and use according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If there is evidence of limescale build up in the water reservoir then the previous step should be repeated but using an appropriate descaler product.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Jan 17

Cleaning entrance matting

This blog post is about the best practice for cleaning entrance matting.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Ensure adequate ventilation to the area in which you are working, open doors and windows as necessary.

Place safety signs where they can be clearly seen.

Use a suitable vacuum cleaner on its most powerful setting. Vacuum each side of the mat several times, moving the nozzle slowly to enable the dirt to be collected. If the mat is wet you will need a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

Remove any chewing gum by freezing or using a putty or similar knife.

Turnover the mat and clean the back using a clean cloth soaked in a detergent solution. Allow to dry.

Remove the mat or mats from the area as you clean them and place on a dry, clean surface.

Sweep or vacuum the floor underneath the matting.

Replace the mat.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

 

 

Dec 06

Cleaning ice machines

This will cover best practice in cleaning ice machines.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before you start and always follow follow these in preference to the tips set out below.

Turn off the power supply and unplug the ice machine.

Remove any remaining ice.

Take off any removable parts.

Using a clean disposable cloth and hot water with detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions, thoroughly clean the corners, drainage, grilles, seals and ceilings of the machine. Do the same for any removed parts.

Scrub the water distribution tubes with a brush to remove any scale build up.

Rinse with clean water to remove the detergent.

Apply a sanitiser according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This can be applied through the ice clean cycle.

Rinse with clean water to remove the sanitiser. This can be applied through the ice clean cycle.

Allow the ice machine to dry thoroughly before switching back on.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Nov 08

Cleaning kitchen walls in a professional environment

This blog post is going to cover the best practice for cleaning kitchen walls in a professional environment.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Be aware of any electrical sockets and cover if necessary and remove items to ensure that you have the maximum access to all walls, including those concealed within storage areas.

Using a clean disposable cloth wash these areas using hot water with detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Rinse with clean hot water and a clean cloth to remove all traces of detergent. For a more rigorous clean, scrub the area with a deck scrub nylon brush.

Apply a final rinse with clean warm water.

Allow to dry. Only return items to storage areas once completely dry.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Nov 01

Cleaning cooker hoods

This blog post is about best practice for cleaning cooker hoods.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Cooker extractor hoods and filters can be very difficult to clean if they have not been regularly cleaned. The number one rule is not to let the grease build up to any great extent in the first place. You should implement a regular cleaning regime to avoid large greasy deposits.

A dirty filter means that the extractor fan has to be run at a higher setting to achieve the expected results and this increases the energy consumption and noise. Therefore the grease filter in a cooker hood should be regularly cleaned – about once a month.

For the main element of the cooker hood use an appropriate kitchen degreaser, applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Put the degreaser onto a clean disposable cloth and scrub clean.

Some cooker hoods have disposable, changeable filters which are easy to replace, saving you the effort of cleaning.

If your cooker hood is equipped with stainless steel filters you can clean them to their original shine by putting them in a dishwasher. If the filters are aluminium, they may be damaged or possibly discoloured by dishwasher detergent. Consult the manufacturer’s recommended instructions before you clean your filter in this way.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Oct 25

Cleaning ovens

We’re going to cover best practice for cleaning ovens in this blog post.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Fill a large sink with hot water and detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Ensuring that the oven is switched off and fully cooled, remove the racks and drip guards from the grills and soak them for up to 20 minutes before cleaning.

Use an abrasive pad to thoroughly clean the racks and drip guards. Rinse and allow them to dry, or dry with a disposable cloth or paper wiper.

Using a griddle cleaner remove surface grease and other residues and scrape the top, sides and bottom of the inside of each grill to remove carbon grit. Ensure that you have removed all residues from the inside of each grill.

Use an appropriate grill cleaner or grill sanitiser to clean the inside of the grill.

Using a strong disposable cloth wipe out the inside of the oven to remove all surface grease.

Apply an appropriate oven cleaner or oven degreasing product to the oven surface. In order to achieve the best results, you should follow the manufacturer’s application instructions carefully, as well as the recommended procedure for rinsing and drying.

Before returning the grill racks and drip guards, check that the oven is completely dry and all cleaner residues have been removed.

When the racks and drip guards are dry return them to the oven.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Oct 18

Cleaning the steam table

This post is going to cover best practice for cleaning the steam table.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Cleaning the steam table

Make sure the steam table is free from all food. Turn off the steam table machine and unplug.

Once the machine is switched off, drain the water from the steam wells prior to cleaning.

Remove any removable parts and wash separately in water mixed with detergent. Scrub with a steel wool pad to remove any persistent food debris.

Rinse the removed parts in water and allow to air dry.

Take a clean hand brush dipped in hot water, pour a small amount of detergent onto the brush. Brush all the sides as well as all the surfaces of the steam table, making sure that you reach the corners as well. Thoroughly scrub and wash the top of the steam table as well as its backboard and front. The hood and the sides should also be scrubbed and washed.

If there are stubborn food particles clinging to the steam table use a scraper to remove.

Removing limescale from the steam table

Thoroughly clean the steam table (see above).

Fill the steam wells up with water before adding in an appropriate limescale removing product. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended dilution ratios.

Switch the machine on to heat up the water and leave the machine on until the limescale is totally eliminated. Follow the timings as advised by the manufacturer of the limescale remover.

For hard to remove limescale build-up, lightly scrub over the area with a scrubbing pad while the machine is full of water and limescale remover. Ensure that you have removed all traces of the limescale build-up.

Switch steam table off and drain the water and limescale remover.

Rinse the steam table off with hot water, making sure that you remove any traces of dirty liquid and limescale remover.

Wipe the machine with a soft, clean disposable cloth until dry.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

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