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How to remove grease from commercial kitchens

How to remove grease from commercial kitchens

Grease is an inevitable problem for commercial kitchens.

It can quickly spread from your kitchen to other areas in your restaurant and create a bad reputation
with your customers.

Grease can also cause slips and see your staff hurt with the possibility of having to cover their
shifts and pay sickness absence.

But there is an easy way of dealing with it by having a regular cleaning schedule.

We take you through how to clean grease from different areas of the kitchen to ensure your restaurant
is always audit ready. 

How to clean grease from floors

The best way to clean grease from your floors is to mix detergent with water. But you should check
detergent is suitable for your floor because it can make certain material slippery.

If you can’t use detergent, then you can use degreaser.

Make sure to clean your mop after as it will have absorbed the grease, and you don’t want to use it
again in another area and spread the grease.

If the grease on your floor is a particularly bad build up then you can sprinkle baking soda over it
which will absorb the moisture, before washing away.

You can also use a scraper, brush, or floor machine to lift it if it’s particularly bad.

Rinse the area thoroughly and dry with towels to ensure the grease has been lifted.

You should remove grease as soon as possible to ensure the safety of customers and staff and to
maintain your floors. Floors will last longer if they are regularly maintain

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How to clean grease off kitchen walls

Water won’t get rid of grease because the water molecules don’t stick to the grease molecules.

Use a commercial grease cleaner to clean oil and grease stains on walls.

Grease trap guidelines for commercial kitchens

Commercial kitchens should have a grease trap which is cleaned regularly, at least every three months.

Grease traps are a plumbing device which stop fats, oils, and grease (FOG) getting into the sewer system.

They slow down the flow of water and the FOG float to the top where it is collected and can be disposed of. 

Are grease traps required by UK law?

It is a legal requirement to have a grease trap when you are dealing with hot food.

British Building Regulations 2010 state establishments serving hot food and Connected to the mains drainage system, need to have a grease trap installed.

Also, the Water Industry Act 1991 makes it a criminal offence to let any matter into the drainage system
which could impede the natural flow of wastewater.

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The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states waste must be disposed of properly or you could face
fines or prosecution.
This means getting your grease collected by an authorised collector.

The Food Safety Act 1990 states it is against the food hygiene regulations to block drains with FOG. 

Signs your grease trap needs cleaned:

Your grease trap is sealed, so you can’t see how full it is. You will start to see signs it is full such as:

  1.          Drainage is clogged
  2.            There’s a smell
  3.            You find grease in other areas.

How to empty and clean your commercial kitchen grease trap

To empty your kitchens grease trap:

  1.    .    Detach the lid from the trap and remove the parts (remember how to put them back).
  2.       Use a bucket to remove any standing water.
  3.           Use a bucket to remove the waste by scoping it over the surface.
  4.      Once the waste is removed, scrape the lid and sides or use a vacuum to remove debris.
  5.       Clean the trap with soap and room temperature water.
  6.       Reinstall your grease trap.

How to clean grease from your commercial kitchen hood

First remove the vents from your commercial hood and soak them in detergent and water.

Then use warm water and degreaser or soap.

It’s important your vents are clean to remove the steam and smells from your kitchen, so ensure
this is done on a regular basis.

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How to clean grease from commercial kitchen cabinets

Again, use soap and water for cleaning grease from your commercial kitchen cabinets. Remember to
get in the seals of any fridges or storage as this is an ideal spot for bacteria to grow.

How to clean grease out of clothes

If you get grease on your chefs’ clothes or any clothes, use detergent to dab the spot and leave it on for 15 minutes.

Then when you can, place your clothes in your washing machine and wash as normal. 

How to dispose of grease

You need to dispose of grease with an authorised carrier.

Putting grease down the drain can lead to clogging the plumbing system for not only you but others.

It can lead to fat bergs, and you could be penalised by Environmental Health for this.

How to stop a kitchen grease fire

Hopefully, you’ll never have to stop a grease fire in your kitchen. But it’s always good to have this
information in case of any accidents.

To stop a grease fire:

  1.   .    Smother the fire with a wet cloth
  2.        Turn off the appliance and let it cool
  3.        Use a Class B fire extinguisher. 

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What cleaning products will remove grease?

Your average detergent will remove grease but for more heavy grease build-ups, use a
food-safe degreaser.

Using sustainable cleaning products can be better value because they tend to last

A concentrated powder cleaner and degreaser is a sustainable option and last a
long time.

The FreshClean Super Concentrated Powder Cleaner and Degreaser holds 4kg and fills 1,600 trigger buttles which is
just £0.05 per spray and saves over £2,000.

The FreshClean degreaser can clean a multitude of surfaces including ovens, stainless steel, hard surfaces and it can be used to degrease restaurant floors to avoid slips. 

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How to prevent grease?

While grease is an inevitable issue in a commercial kitchen, there are things you can do to prevent it including:

Cleaning schedules

Ensure there is a cleaning schedule for your kitchen including daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.

It should include what is to be cleaned, when, and by whom, and it can also include the cleaning supplies to be used or instructions on how to clean it. 

Train staff

Ensure your staff is adequately trained in how to clean your kitchen and kitchen equipment.

Bacteria can spread quickly in an unkept kitchen which can contaminate food, make your staff sick,
make customers sick, damage your reputation, and even lead to closure.

Make sure every member of staff knows the cleaning schedule and is trained in how to use the cleaning

Grease mats

You can use grease mats that hold and remove grease from footwear and stop it moving to other areas. 

How to clean grease in your commercial kitchen

It can be difficult to keep a consistently clean restaurant.

Ensuring staff carry out their cleaning duties and to the correct standard while doing their own job can be

Hiring restaurant cleaning services can save you this stress and money.

At Stainlesscleans commercial cleaning we provide you with a dedicated account manager to regularly inspect
your kitchen to ensure a high standard is consistently met.

We take care of all the paperwork, which is one of the reasons so many hospitality businesses don’t
achieve a 5-star food hygiene rating.

If you’re a business in London and interested in our restaurant cleaning services London, you can get a FREE
 site survey to find out what you need and how much it would cost because we personalise all of our
services to suit you and your budget.

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