The start of a new year inspires people to improve their lives. While many focus on personal goals, such as eating healthier, saving money or traveling more, resolutions also can include professional improvements.
For restaurant facility managers, the kitchen is one area that is always in need of improvement, especially after a busy holiday season. For a small business, outfitting a commercial kitchen with the right equipment typically costs anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the restaurant. With an investment this large, it is important to keep a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule to reduce costs and ensure equipment longevity. While high-powered chain restaurants can afford to replace kitchen equipment every five years, as is recommended, smaller establishments can greatly benefit from regular equipment cleaning and maintenance to keep costs down.
Equipment that is not properly cleaned and maintained puts a restaurant at greater risk for kitchen fires. Even a small fire can cause significant damage, resulting in mandatory closure until costly repairs are made. In many cases, smoke and fire damage results in the need for new equipment, a thorough professional cleaning of all surfaces, and replacement of smoke-damaged floors and walls, which can take weeks or months to complete.
The start of the new year is the perfect time for facility managers to get on the right track with cleaning and maintenance schedules. Here are four resolutions to help you create a cleaner and safer commercial kitchen: