If you’re in the restaurant or foodservice industry, you know just how important your reputation is to the success of your business. Poor hygiene and unclean spaces can be devastating. This is where a commercial cleaning company can be a huge asset.
You likely have specialized staff to wait on tables and prepare and cook the food; but are you putting the same thought into who is responsible for the cleaning? It’s important to hire a cleaning and janitorial services company that knows the foodservice industry. The cleaning crews are specially trained in what is required from a legal and regulatory perspective, as well as understand basic good cleaning practices.
Cleaning a food services establishment is not like office cleaning or general janitorial cleaning services; it requires specialized skills, cleaning materials, equipment, and experience. When choosing a commercial cleaning company , make sure they specialize in the food and beverage/restaurant industries. Doing so means that you are hiring cleaners who can guarantee that your establishment is cleaned and sanitized following the food and health safety guidelines.
Failure to ensure correct sanitation and cleanliness could result in a serious risk to customers. For example, if pathogens are present in the food, it can lead to serious illness, specifically food poisoning. This can result in serious consequences for the consumer, sometimes requiring hospitalization and, in severe cases, death. While a professional cleaning company cannot prevent all pathogens, it can guarantee the food preparation and storage areas are cleaned and sanitized to industry standards.
The most common food poisoning pathogens are:
- E. coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Staphylococcal enteritis
Learn more about food poisoning pathogens here: fda.gov
As a foodservice operator, you have a moral, ethical, and legal responsibility to ensure you don’t cause harm to your customers or your staff.
If a restaurant fails to fix a critical violation found during an inspection, it can face serious fines. And if you’re in Los Angeles County, more than two major violations will result in closure. Whether you manage a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or any other food and beverage related business, closure due to a health code violation means a loss in income, staff, and valued regular customers. Not to mention, the change in public perception which could make it difficult to gain business in the future after reopening.
Customers begin formulating their rating the moment they arrive at your establishment.
Is your parking lot littered with trash?
Is the waiting area clean?
And what about the restroom…Is it smelly and gross?
Are the floors yucky? (Carpet stains aren’t exactly appetizing!)
Your reputation is based on more than the great meal or cup of coffee you serve, every part of your space helps to create a 5-star experience for your customers. And, if these areas are dirty, it could lead to (gasp!)…a bad review or even worse, a negative health rating!
The negative publicity following a health code violation can be financially devastating for a restaurant. In addition to high rents and rising labor and operational costs, fines associated with a violation can be the straw that breaks the camels back. Some establishments have suffered major financial setbacks as a result and unfortunately, some have closed their doors.
A professional cleaning company like iNX Commercial Cleaning provides specialized cleaning services to the foodservice industry that will save you valuable time and money. By outsourcing the cleaning of your establishment, you lower overhead and HR costs.
iNX handles background checks, training costs, uniforms, payroll, and absorbs the unavoidable costs associated with staff turnover. Another perk to hiring a cleaning company like iNX, is they usually have their own supplies and carry their own insurance, too!
We can’t speak for other commercial cleaning companies, but at iNX, we offer cleaning services specifically for restaurants and other businesses in the foodservice industry. Some of our services include:
- Dining room, restroom, and kitchen floor cleaning and maintenance
- Restroom sanitizing and disinfectant programs
- Grease drain cleaning
- High dusting of ledges, vents, and intakes
- Mirrors, glass, and window cleaning
- Provisioning of supplies
We also pay special attention to areas such as gaskets, extractor fans, fan guards, vents, shelving, and door handles. Fridges and freezers are also important and need to be spotless and germ-free inside and out.
Restrooms and toilets are crucial. Do you trust your regular employees to clean these spaces well? What about the waiting areas, patios, and parking lots? Not to mention…If you’re busy running and managing a restaurant, do you have time to supervise your employees doing the cleaning?
From daily cleaning to high-level disinfecting, we can formulate a custom service plan to fit the needs and budget of your unique business. With overnight and weekend cleaning availability, many restaurants around Los Angeles like Mega Grille, Caffe Luxxe, and Zankou Chicken put their trust in us to deliver a clean and sanitized restaurant without ever disrupting their staff or customers.
If you want to keep your customers happy and healthy and keep the cash register ringing, a professional cleaning company is critical to the health and future of your establishment. And just like you, our reviews matter. Check out what our customers are saying about us! iNX Professional Cleaning Reviews
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