In the average restaurant kitchen, no surface is immune to the harsh conditions that the industry is notorious for. Whether the restaurant in question is a nice, sit-down Italian restaurant, or a fast-casual Middle Eastern grill that churns out hundreds of tickets a day, every surface in either kitchen is exposed to intense heat, grease, food scraps, liquids, contact with utensils, and general wear-and-tear.
Yes, every surface. From the ceiling to the floor tiles, and everything in between. Between the stove, grill, cabinet, refrigerator, and freezer doors, food prep surfaces, and more, it’s easy to forget about the cleanliness of your kitchen tile floors (and walls, if applicable). So long as, you’d think, you’re not stepping on food scraps or slipping on grease, they’re fine, right? Wrong. Here are your top tips for cleaning restaurant kitchen tiles.
Regularly Remove Debris
Routinely sweeping and removing dry debris and dirt off of your kitchen tiles is the first step in cleaning. This includes before, during, and after operations.
Wet Mop Before & After
The next most important kitchen tile cleaning tip is to wet mop the tiles before and after hours of operation. This should effectively remove more worn-in dirt and debris, and some grease. It will also disinfect the surface of your kitchen tiles.
Squeegee Where Mops Fail
Mops do well to loosen and absorb dirt and debris from kitchen tiles that dry debris removal fails to, but they’re not perfect. In fact, mops leave a lot of leftover, caked-in dirt and debris. Squeegees are the secret weapon to restaurant kitchen tile cleaning – remember to squeegee at the end of cleaning after closing!
Routinely Replace Cleaning Materials
It’s important to routinely replace your cleaning supplies. For example, dirty mop heads will not only fail to effectively clean your kitchen tiles, they’ll actually spread more germs, bacteria, dirt, and other contaminants around your kitchen.
In sports, they say that the best defense is a strong offense. Not that the analogy applies directly to cleaning restaurant kitchen tiles, but it’s comparable to the idea that the best way to clean is to protect from the need to clean. Rubber mats and vinyl mats provide non-slip qualities for kitchen workers while effectively protecting kitchen tiles from heat, dirt, debris, grease, and other contaminants.
Routinely Clean Grout
All of the aforementioned restaurant floor tile cleaning tips don’t necessarily help clean the tile grout. Most restaurants use the same six-by-six inch brick-colored tiles because they’re easy to clean and are durable for the restaurant industry. Grout is the bonding between tile squares, and it’s very telling of how clean your restaurant tiles are. Stained grout lines are a sign of dirty floors. Really dirty grout can actually store dirt and grease and re-contaminate tiles that were just cleaned, so clean. your. Grout.
Those are your top tips for cleaning restaurant kitchen tiles. For more information, check out our website, or give us a call if you have questions!