Generally speaking, the vast majority of businesses owners within the catering and hospitality sectors would like, to the highest possible degree, to look after their own housekeeping and maintenance. It’s a simple case of tackling as many jobs as possible in-house and thus foregoing the logistical headache and the expenses of calling in third-party operators. However, there’s only a certain amount of time any business has and a limited number of resources to work with, which means that when it comes to certain deep cleaning tasks it simply isn’t feasible to have in-house employees take care of things to the ideal standard.
One perfect example to illustrate the point would be commercial kitchen extraction cleaning.
This is precisely where the professionals come into the equation as in order to make sure that some of the most crucial elements of a working kitchen are clean, hygienic and indeed safe to use, there’s really no room for DIY quick-fixes. Yes, it can seem like an additional expense to foot on the surface, but it’s a case of weighing up what you and your business get out of the deal in order to understand its importance and genuine value for money.
So, whether it’s the smallest of cafés you’re running or the largest of full-service restaurants, here’s a look at just a few of the plus points you can expect if and when you call in the professionals:
A Clean, Safe Working Environment
There’s simply no two ways of looking at it – your employees are the most precious resources you have. As such, nothing in the world matters more than their health and wellbeing for which the owner of the business is to a large extent responsible. It’s one thing to have a clean and tidy kitchen, but quite often it’s the invisible dangers hanging around in the air that stand to cause the most health problems. As such, to bring in the professionals to give the extraction systems a thorough cleaning it to know that there’s really not a great deal more you could be doing to provide a clean, safe and enjoyable working environment for those present.
Compliance with UK Standards
Putting aside the moral obligations to look after all staff members and customers alike, both the Food Hygiene Act and the Health and Safety Act make very specific demands of restaurants and other such working environments. The simple fact of the matter here is that no business owner can realistically be expected to know each and every square inch of their kitchen inside and out in order to assess on a daily basis whether or not it complies with UK regulatory standards – professional servicing on a regular basis however can make sure of exactly that. So, in terms of both remaining in line with UK law and enjoying essential piece of mind, there’s really no better way.
It’s not the kind of thing any food service business would like to think too much about, but at the same time you’ve really no idea how many ghastly nasties may be living in your ducts and pipes unless you’ve had them fully inspected. It takes almost no time at all for a few pests in the wrong place to become a devastating infestation – one that could deliver a hammer-blow to the reputation and performance of the business. As such, given the low costs of having such duct work both inspected and cleaned on a regular basis, risking these kinds of consequences really isn’t the way to go.
Extend the Life of the System
Something else to bear in mind is the way in which a well-maintained filtration and extraction system is largely guaranteed to last a great deal longer than one that’s neglected and allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. As such, while it may constitute an expense to have the system properly inspected and cleaned from time to time, the costs cannot be compared to those of replacing the whole system or undergoing expensive major repairs.
Last but not least, one of the key benefits of calling in the professionals is the way in which it opens up the business in question to a world of helpful advice, guidance and consultancy from those who know the subject better than anyone else. From simple cleaning tips to duct maintenance and all manner of other insights with regard to efficiency of operations, it’s always good to have the experts on your side when it comes to running your business in the best way possible.