Oct 11

Cleaning sinks in a professional environment

This post is going to deal with best practice for cleaning 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 kitchen cleaning product and apply to a clean disposable cloth or non-scratching sponge.

Allow the cleaner 3-4 minutes to work.

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

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

Remove stains with an appropriate non-abrasive kitchen stain removing product diluted to manufacturer’s instructions. Always check that the product chosen is compatible with the sink or basin you have in your kitchen.

To remove build-ups of limescale from the sinks or taps choose an appropriate kitchen limescale removing product diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Apply to the sink and use a disposable cloth or non-scratching sponge to remove any limescale. If necessary, agitate and remove scale using a coarse toothbrush.

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

Oct 04

Cleaning the freezer and walk-in refrigerator

We are today going to be covering best practice for cleaning the freezer and walk-in refrigerator.

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 refrigerator and freezer (daily clean)

Turn off and unplug the refrigerator.

Remove all food and cover.

Take out all of the removable parts, such as shelves, drip pans, wire racking, etc.

Wash the removed items in warm water with detergent added, diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.

Now clean the inside of the refrigerator. Use warm water with detergent added to thoroughly clean the inner walls and into the corners. Use a detergent with sufficient strength to remove any stubborn spills.

Wipe the exterior of the refrigerator with a disposable cloth soaked in a detergent solution.

Clean the door gasket with a soft, disposable cloth and wipe away any residue with a second clean damp disposable cloth.

Dry the interior and exterior with a clean dry cloth or paper wiper. Allow also to air dry for a short period.

Return any removable parts to their original location.

Return the removed food.

Clean the walk-in refrigerator (monthly clean)

Remove all food and removable parts from the fridge.

Defrost the fridge according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Sweep the floor of the refrigerator and remove any food debris from the walls.

Soak a disposable cloth in an appropriate detergent solution, diluted according to manufacturer’s instructions. Use a detergent with sufficient strength to be able to remove any stubborn spills. Rinse with clean, warm water.

Mop the floor using a warm water detergent solution. Mop rinse with clean, warm water.

Wipe the exterior of the refrigerator with a disposable cloth soaked in a kitchen detergent solution.

Clean the door gasket with a soft, disposable cloth and wipe away any residue with a second clean damp disposable cloth.

Dry the interior and exterior with a clean dry cloth or paper wiper. Allow also to air dry for a short period.

Return any parts you have removed to their original position.

Return the food to the refrigerator.

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.

Sep 06

Cleaning the kitchen floor in a professional environment

This blog post will cover cleaning the kitchen floor 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.

Place a wet floor sign in a prominent place.

Sweep and remove all pieces of food and other residue with a broom.

Select an appropriate floor degreasing product, taking care to select the product that is suitable for the type of floor that you have.

Dilute the product in a bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and use a mop (or spray bottle if the area is small)to apply to the floor. Do not pre-wet the floor as this may affect the degreasing process.

Scrub the degreaser onto the floor surface with a good deck brush. Additional scrubbing may be needed in heavily soiled areas around fryers and food preparation areas.

Leave the degreaser to work for the length of time recommended by the manufacturer – this is essential if the degreaser is to work effectively.

Rinse the floor with a mop and collect the contaminated/dirty water into a mop bucket: alternatively use a floor squeegee or a wet pick-up vacuum cleaner.

If possible, empty the mop bucket into a different drain each night. The degreaser will help to maintain the floor drains.

Store your deck brush in a clean bucket of degreaser each night to ensure that it stays clean.

For large floor areas, or areas of high traffic, it may be more appropriate to use either high pressure wash equipment or a steam cleaner in order to achieve a good cleaning result on your floor surface.

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.

Aug 02

Cleaning hobs, griddles and stoves

This blog post will cover best practice for cleaning hobs, griddles and stoves.

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 a gas hob, griddle or stove.

make sure the hob, griddle or stove is turned off and is cold.

Remove the burner covers, knobs and drip trays (as possible) and place them in a sink of hot water with detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Scrub the burner covers, knobs and drip trays with an appropriate scourer or strong disposable cloth.

For difficult to remove residues, you may need to soak the equipment before you begin to clean it.

Rinse the items using warm water. Dry them with a paper towel or cloth so that you do not leave any streaks.

Replace all items, taking care to secure everything properly.

Cleaning an electric hob, griddle or stove.

Make sure the hob, stove or griddle is turned off and cold.

Remove the reflector bowls and place them in a sink of hot water with detergent diluted to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Select an appropriate kitchen degreaser product and spray a clean cloth with it. Wipe down the surface around the heating coils.

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Jul 26

Cleaning fryers in the professional kitchen

This blog post is going to cover best practice for cleaning fryers.

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.

Make sure the fryer is turned off and unplugged and completely cool.

Check that you have a container that is large enough to contain all of the oil. Put the container underneath the drain spout and open the drain spout in order to drain the oil. Close the spout when all of the oil has drained.

Discard the oil safely, for example put the oil into a secure, sealed container and arrange for it to be picked up by a registered waste carrier, a list of which can be found on the environment agency website. Please note discarding of used oil with the general waste is not allowed for commercial premises. Never pour old oil down the sink or toilet.

If there is any food debris in the fryer then remove it with a paper wiper and discard. If necessary carefully scrape away any debris with a rubber spatula.

Make sure that the spout is closed and fill the fryer with fresh water to the level that you would fill with oil.

Add an appropriate degreasing cleaning product, applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure that the degreaser is properly mixed in with the water.

If directed by the product’s cleaning instructions, plug the fryer in and turn it on and allow the the water to boil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This will help to loosen and remove any oil that is stuck to the inside the fryer.

Turn off the fryer and allow to cool. Put a bucket underneath the drain spout and drain the fryer, taking care with the hot water.

Fill a bowl with hot water and detergent. Wipe out the inside with a sponge cloth or paper towel.

Rinse with hot clean water.

Spray a degreasing solvent onto the exterior of the fryer and leave according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wipe and dry with a disposable cloth or paper wiper.

Gopher Tip

If a thin sticky film of oil remains after following the above procedure, this can often be removed with baking soda. Mix the baking soda into a paste by adding a small quantity of water. Rub the paste into areas where the oil film exists. use a sponge or cloth to remove the film residue. Rinse again with clean water.

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.

Jul 19

Cleaning and sanitising cutting boards in the professional kitchen

In this blog post we are going to cover best practice for cleaning and sanitising cutting boards.

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.

Remove any obvious pieces of food or other residue.

Scrub with hot water and detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions until all grease and any other residues have been removed.

Rinse with clean water to remove the detergent.

Apply a kitchen sanitiser according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Rinse with clean water to remove any traces of the sanitiser remaining after use.

Allow to air dry thoroughly or dry using a clean disposable cloth or paper wiper. If leaving to dry, do not stack together.

Gopher tip

If possible always use a clean, separate colour coded cutting board for vegetables and any other items that will not be cooked prior to eating.

Always store boards so that they remain clean, dry and free from contact, in order to prevent re-contamination of food surfaces.

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.

Jul 12

Sanitising waste bins in the professional kitchen

Today we are going to cover best practice for sanitising your kitchen waste bin.

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.

Emptying the waste bin and replacing the bin bag

Remove the waste bin bag and tie securely.

Remove any items that have slipped between the waste bin bag and the bin itself.

Clear up any items of rubbish around the outside of the waste bin.

Replace the waste bin bag and check that it is securely fixed to the waste bin.

Cleaning the waste bin

Any waste bin surfaces that can be or potentially come into contact with rubbish should be cleaned and sanitised.

Remove the waste bin lid and wash with hot water with detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Rinse with clean water to remove any traces of detergent.

Apply a kitchen sanitiser to the lid diluted to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Rinse with clean water to remove any traces of sanitiser.

Allow to dry thoroughly or dry using a clean disposable cloth or paper wiper.

For all other waste bin surfaces dilute the detergent according to the manufacturer’s instructions and transfer it to a spray bottle.

Spray a clean cloth with the solution and wipe the surfaces.

Prepare a kitchen sanitiser solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions and transfer it to a spray bottle.

Spray a clean cloth with the solution and wipe the surfaces.

Allow all surfaces to dry thoroughly or dry using a clean disposable cloth or paper wiper.

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.

Jul 05

Professional kitchen mechanical dishwashing

In this post we are going to cover the best practice for mechanical dishwashing.

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.

Before you load the dishwasher

Make sure that the salt reservoir is filled to the correct level using an appropriate dishwasher salt. Do not use table salt, gritting salt or agricultural salt.

Fill the appropriate reservoir with an appropriate rinsing agent that is suitable for commercial dishwashers. The rinsing agent prevents ‘spots’ from forming on the dishes when they dry.

Fill the appropriate reservoir with an appropriate professional dishwasher detergent that is suitable for commercial dishwashers. Do not use detergents designed for domestic use.

Effective use of the dishwasher

Use a knife or rubber spatula to scrape residue food from crockery, cutlery and utensils.

Pre-soak items that have been used for baking in detergent.

For best results do not crowd the dishes when you are loading the dishwasher. Make sure that the water jets can reach every surface.

Clean your dishwashers regularly using an appropriate dishwasher cleaner product.

Inspect the filters on a regular basis, remove and clean them with an appropriate filter cleaner. Dry them before replacingin the dishwasher.

The spray arm of your dishwasher should be inspected periodically and cleaned with an approriate dishwasher cleaner. Unscrew the spray arm, remove and clean. Rinse with water before replacing it in the machine.

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.

Jun 28

How to maintain your floor part 3: Floor maintenance

Once you have stripped and polished your floor, a few simple floor maintenance procedures will help keep your floor in good condition and extend the care cycle, before you once again have to strip and polish your floor.

In the last of our three articles, we set out for you simple floor maintenance tasks.

Important

As before, 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 suitability of the floor surface for maintaining

Before starting check that your floor is suitable for maintenance applications. Consult and follow closely the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not proceed if you are in any doubt and seek professional help.

In this article we principally have in mind the following types of floor surface: vinyl, thermoplastic, rubber, linoleum, composition, asphalt, sealed wood and sealed cork floor surfaces.

When and how often should I maintain a floor?

Suggesting the frequency you should apply floor maintenance procedure is a little tricky, as the timing and frequency will vary with the type of floor and the volume of traffic that the floor carries. Generally speaking, the greater the traffic, the more frequent the floor maintenance cycle.

Preparation

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.

Remove all obstructions (furniture, etc) from the floor area to be worked on. Sweep away all dirt, crumbs and dust.

If necessary, wet mop the floor in order to ensure fully clean and dry thoroughly before moving to the next stage.

Floor maintenance methods

There are a number of methods that you can use to maintain your floor.

Application by spray cleaning

This is the term used to describe the application of floor maintainer via a spray bottle, before using a burnishing or polishing machine.

Follow these steps when using the spray cleaning method:

  • Make up a solution of maintainer in a spray bottle as per the manufacturer’s dilution guidance.
  • Adjust the burnishing (polishing) machine to a comfortable and safe height.
  • Spray a fine mist of maintainer solution onto the floor.
  • Polish the floor with the machine using an appropriate floor pad, usually red.

Mop and buff

This is the term used to describe the application of floor maintainer via a floor mop before using a burnishing or polishing machine.

Follow these steps when using the mop and buff method:

  • Make up a solution of maintainer in a bucket of cold water as per the manufacturer’s dilution guidance.
  • Mop the solution onto the floor.
  • Polish the floor with the machine using an appropriate floor pad, usually red.
  • Burnish the floor with a white floor pad.
  • Mop the floor for excess water, if your machine does not have an integral vacuum.
  • Allow the floor to dry.

Do you have a question?

If you have a specific question about the process or a suitable product why not contact Gopher Supplies?

Jun 21

Professional kitchen hand dishwashing

This article is going to cover best practice for dishwashing by hand.

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 there are racks either side of the sink for stacking and drying dishes, cutlery and other items of kitchen equipment to be hand washed.

Protect your hands with appropriate disposable kitchen gloves. These should be strong enough to resist tears from sharp edges on knives and other items of equipment.

Scrape off food debris from cutlery and crockery and dispose of it into a waste bin.

Fill a first sink with detergent diluted with hot water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use water at around 110F. Wash all items thoroughly.

Fill a second sink and rinse all items with hot water. The rinse water should remain clear and be changed regularly.

Fill a third sink with hot water and a sanitising solution. Add the appropriate sanitising solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The solution should be regularly changed.

Sanitise all items in the sanitising solution before rinsing again and draining.

Allow all items to air dry thoroughly before use.

Clean all the sinks thoroughly when you have finished using a kitchen sink cleaner.

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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