Foodservice Industry

Restaurant Sanitation: The Importance of Cleanliness

Person sanitizing glass surface.

Now that restaurant restrictions due to COVID-19 are lessening and businesses are slowly beginning to open again, it’s important as a restaurant owner to be sure your restaurant equipment and appliances are proficiently cleaned and sanitized. However, there is a critical difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs but merely lowers their numbers along with the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Regardless, these help lower the risk of spreading infection. Provided below is a list of reasons why it’s important to maintain a sanitized restaurant especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Prevents the Spread of Germs

COVID-19 stays on metal for five days – That’s five long days of sitting on silverware and other metals in your restaurant. Sanitizing your restaurant with EPA-registered sanitizer between customers ensures that no bacteria or germs are spread throughout the restaurant. That being said, this goes for more than just where the customer resides. Sanitizing your equipment ensures that all germs are eliminated. Requiring that your staff wears face-masks and gloves further prevents the spread of germs to not only customers but the employees as well. Next, let’s look at the effect that a clean restaurant can have on the people in it.

Sanitizing Reassures Customers

Letting customers see you visibly clean the restaurant produces a sense of safeness throughout your restaurant. The Department of Public Health already requires that restaurants do this, but the visual aspect of doing so ensures to your customers that you are making an effort to keep your restaurant clean. As mentioned above, showing that your staff is taking preventative measures by wearing masks and gloves lets the customer knows that the staff is taking extra care in making sure that everything is as clean as possible.

Maintains Overall Health

Maintaining a sanitized restaurant not only ensures the health and safety of your customers but your employees as well. Keeping your employees healthy should be a top priority when establishing your restaurant safety and sanitation guidelines. If your employees are feeling sick, make sure they stay home to avoid potentially spreading sickness to customers as well as other staff members. Keeping a clean and sanitized workstation encourages staff to perform at a higher level which, in turn, improves the overall quality and atmosphere of your restaurant.

No-contact thermometers are recommended for taking temperatures of employees that are feeling sick.

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