Jun 14

Cleaning meat and cheese slicers

Cleaning meat and cheese slicers, user guide for the commercial kitchen.

Best practice steps.

Warning!

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

Clean the slicer after every use

Turn off the power supply and unplug the machine.

The blade guard must be used and be set to zero so that the knife edge is not exposed.

Put on cut resistant gloves.

Scrape off any pieces of food and dispose of them.

Wash the machine with hot water with detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Rinse with clean water to remove any traces of the detergent.

Allow to dry thoroughly or use a clean disposable cloth before switching back on.

Cleaning the slicer at the end of the shift

Turn off the power supply and unplug the machine.

The blade guard must be used and set to zero so that the knife edge is not exposed.

Put on cut resistant gloves.

Scrape off any pieces of food and dispose of them.

Take the machine apart according to the instructions you received in training.

Wash all removable parts with hot soapy water using detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Wipe the body of the slicer with a clean cloth soaked in detergent. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the corners, drainage, grilles, seals and ceilings.

Rinse with clean hot water to remove the detergent.

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

Wipe with a clean cloth and allow to air dry.

Reassemble the slicer and ensure that all components are fitted correctly.

Check that the carriage runs smoothly before using again.

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 12

Great news from Butterflies

We’ve done it! Thanks to the massive efforts of Cathy Campbell we have raised enough money to buy Vectra 3D imaging machine!

The last push was the Adele tribute night held at the Novotel, Birmingham on Saturday 1st June. This was the third event Cathy has organised to raise the funds for this amazing machine. The first event was a black tie evening held at the Hyatt Hotel in Birmingham, the second was a ladies luncheon at Jimmy Spices restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, with the Adele night making the third and final event.

Cathy was determined to take a positive out of her negative experience with breast cancer, which we think she has managed to do! The Vectra 3D machine will be installed in City Hospital. Birmingham and will be an amazing asset to the hospital and its surgeons.

The machine will be used primarily to help women who are having reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Using Vectra 3D they can see the potential reconstruction as a 3D image before the start of surgery. This is especially helpful for example in the case of a single mastectomy (the removal of one breast) as it is significantly easier for the surgeon to ‘match’ the new breast to the existing one.

The machine will also be used to help burn victims and babies with cleft lip and palate. Again before surgery the surgeon can see the potential reconstruction in 3D and manipulate the image before the surgery.

As the Vectra 3D system is used all over the world, the scans can be sent to other surgeons anywhere in the world to consult on without the patient needing to travel.

Finally, Cathy would like to offer one piece of advice to everyone: if you feel any changes in your breast at all go straight to your GP!

For more information on Butterflies and other charities that Gopher supports see http://www.gophersupplies.co.uk/charitysupport.aspx

Jun 03

Sanitising food preparation surfaces

Sanitising food preparation surfaces in a commercial kitchen.

Best practice steps

Warning!

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

Remove food debris from all food preparation surfaces and rinse with water.

Use hot water and detergent to clean surfaces.

Use hot water to remove the detergent.

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

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.

May 22

How to maintain your floor part 2: Floor polishing

Taking care of your floor: floor polishing

As we said in our previous article (How to maintain your floor part 1: Stripping the floor), laying a new or refurbishing an existing floor often involves a significant investment of cost and effort, but with a little care and attention you can keep your floor in great shape for years to come.

In this article, we look at the second stage in the floor care process. You have already stripped away all the dirt and old wax accumulations and you are now at the stage of polishing your floor.

First things first: a reminder.

As general good practice, you should always use appropiate personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes suitable clothing, gloves, protective glasses, ear protection and so on, when undertaking any cleaning task. In addition, you should always follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

In addition check that your floor is suitable for polishing. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions, if in doubt get professional advice.

This article applies principally to the following types of floor surface: vinyl, thermoplastic, rubber, linoleum, composition, asphalt, terrazzo, sealed wood and sealed cork floor surfaces.

When and how often should I polish a floor

Generally speaking, this will be goverened by how often you strip a floor, as polishing is ordinarily the next step in the 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.

Ensure floor is dry, particularly if you have just completed stripping of the floor.

Apply the correct dilution of a suitable floor polish to a bucket of cold water.

Important!

Important: We would always recommend that you test the polish to make sure it’s suitable for your floor. Test on a small patch where no one can see it.

First application

Using a suitable polish applicator or mop, apply the polish onto the floor. Apply the polish thinly and as evenly as possible using a ‘figure of eight’ movement.

Decide how you plan to polish the floor. As a general rule, we recommend that you should start in the corner that is farthest from an exit and work towards the exit. Always apply the polish in one direction.

Leave a small gap alongside skirting boards in order to avoid a build-up of polish . Alternatively apply the polish to the margins of the room first to prevent a build-up of polish.

Second application

Once the floor is thoroughly dry, you should apply a second thin coat of polish, but this time in the other direction (ie at right angles to the first coat).

You will need to allow a further sufficient period for the second coat to dry out.

Further application (if necessary)

Subject to the age and type of floor (particularly regarding its porosity), it may be necessary to apply a further coat of polish.

This should be applied in the other direction, again at right angles to the previous coat, and so on for successive coats, if in the unlikely event they are considered neccessary

Aftercare

Thoroughly allow floor to dry before use.

Do you have a question?

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

May 13

Cleaning cooking grills in a commercial setting

Warning!

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

The grill in your commercial kitchen is an important piece of kitchen and catering equipment which should be kept clean and regularly maintained.

Brush the grill regularly during cooking

Use a wire grill brush and clear all debris.

The grill should be brushed between cooking red meat, poultry and fish in order to avoid cross contamination.

After each cooking shift brush thoroughly to remove any residues before cleaning.

Cleaning the grill after a cooking shift

Switch off the grill and leave until it has cooled sufficiently to handle.

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

Remove the racks and drip guards from the grills and soak them for upto 20 minutes before cleaning.

Use an abrasive pad to thoroughly clean the racks and drip guards.

Rinse and allow them to dry, or dry them 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 residue from the inside of each grill.

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

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

Gopher tip

When cleaning is complete coat the grill surface with vegetable oil. This will help to prevent the grill from rusting.

Important!

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 blog can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Apr 25

How to maintain your floor part 1: Stripping the floor.

This is the first in a 3 part series of guides on the best way to maintain your floor and keep it looking great. In this first part we’re going to cover the best way of stripping your floor. Part 2 will cover polishing your floor and part 3 will cover the regular maintenance that will keep your floor looking great.

Taking care of your floor: stripping the floor.

Laying a new, or refurbishing an existing, floor will usually involve a significant investment of cost and effort but the improvement of the floor will make all the difference to the look and feel of your room. With a little care and attention you will be able to keep your floor in great shape and greatly expand the life of the floor.

In this series of three articles, we offer some guidance on keeping your floor in tip-top condition. This follows a three stage process: stripping, polishing and maintaining. In the first of these articles we look at stripping away the dirt that has accumulated on your floor.

First thing first use and wear the right protective equipment.

As general good practice, you should always use appropiate personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes suitable clothing, gloves, protective glasses, ear protection and so on, when undertaking any cleaning task. In addition, you should always follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Check the suitability of the floor surface for stripping.

This article applies principally to the following types of floor surface: vinyl, thermoplastic, rubber, linoleum, composition, asphalt, terrazzo, sealed wood and sealed cork floor surfaces.

Nevertheless it is vital that before you start that you check that your floor is suitable for stripping. Always consult and follow closely the manufacturer’s instructions. If in doubt do not proceed and seek professional advice.

When and how often should I strip a floor?

We are often asked when and at what frequency should a floor be stripped?

A precise rule is difficult to formulate, as the timing and frequancy of stripping will vary with the type of floor and the volume of traffic that the floor carries. This of course will normally be dependent on the nature of the room in which it is located.

An easy rule of thumb to follow is if the floor looks dirty or the wax has yellowed or clearly worn, then it almost certainly needs to be stripped and re-waxed!

Essential Preparation.

Follow these best practice steps to ensure the floor surface is properly prepared:

  • 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 the area thoroughly making sure to remove all dirt, crumbs and dust.
  • Apply the correct dilution of polish stripper to a bucket of cold water.
  • Always test the stripper on a part of the floor that is not readily visible before you get started. Some older linoleum floors can not withstand stripping and the colour may bleed.
  • Using a suitable mop, apply the solution onto the floor, allowing five or so minutes to work (or as advised by the manufacturer). Apply enough stripper to coat the area thoroughly but not so much that it floods the area and soaks between seams or cracks. Apply stripper more liberally in areas with a lot of wax build-up
  • Decide on how you plan to strip the floor. As a general rule, you should start in the corner that is farthest from an exit and work towards the exit. If the floor area is very large, divide the floor into sections, stripping one section at a time. Using a scrubber dryer, you can strip sections of upto 100 square feet at a time.
  • Always apply stripper to the second-to-next section so that the stripper can soak into the wax while you scrub the other section, but be careful you do not allow the stripper to dry out as this can be difficult to remove.

The Stripping Process.

Follow these best practice steps when you come to undertake the stripping itself:

  • Use a suitable scrubber drier floor machine fitted with the correct floor pad.
  • Ensure that the stripping machine is adjusted to the correct height for safe and comfortable working.
  • Strip the floor thoroughly until all polish is removed.
  • Ensure that all edges and difficult to reach areas are scrubbed. Use a suitable edging tool for this purpose. You may need to use a toothbrush in nooks and crannies and even a putty knife to scrape away heavy, multiple finish layers in some corners.
  • Use a squeegee to scoop the wax residue and stripper into a dustpan.
  • With a wet pickup vacuum or mop, remove any residue water.

Floor Stripping Aftercare.

  • After you have stripped the entire floor, thoroughly rinse the area using a mop with clean, cold water.
  • Remove all excess water with a mop or wet pick-up vacuum and wipe all skirting boards with a damp cloth to remove splashes.

Want to know more?

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

In part 2 we will be covering the best way to apply the polish to the floor.

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