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Welcome to Top Tips.
A guide to cleaning best practice for the food service industry. 

 Click on the link below to learn how to... 

(new tips added regularly)

Achieve slip free floors

Prevent sreaks on table tops
 
Keep your dishwasher clean

Clean rubber floor mats
Keep your mops clean
 
     

 

1. The secret to a slip free kitchen floor.


Your floors not quite what they should be? Are they overly slippery or sticky?

There could be a number of things contributing to the poor state of your floors.

Common mistakes:

So first let's look at some common mistakes made when cleaning floors:

  • Using too much chemical
    In regards to chemicals more is not better. Overuse of chemical will contribute to floors feeling sticky and can increase the slip hazard. Always use the product as directed. If a dispensing system is in place make sure that it is used.  
  • Using too little chemical
  • Not rinsing the floor with hot water
    Not rinsing the floor after moping or scrubbing results in a chemical build up, overtime this will make the floor sticky and when wet extremely slippery.
  • Not using the right equipment
  • Using a dirty mop
  • Using cold water – particularly a problem for kitchen floors where there is likely to be a lot of grease and oil. Heat is

What equipment do I need:

  • Mop bucket with dual water reservoir two buckets
  • Access to hot water – in kitchens preferably with a hose that reaches the area you are cleaning
  • Broom
  • Deck scrub with long handle
  • Floor Squeegee
  • Clean mop
  • Chemical designed specifically for kitchen floors - not bleach or disinfectant (these are ineffective). In our case we use TREO Ecoclean.  

Method

  • Frequency of clean - daily
  • Kitchen staff to dry sweep at end of trading
  • Remove items from under benches.
  • All rubber mats to be removed. These should be cleaned regularly. Click here to see how.
  • Where a hose is available, wet entire floor with warm to hot water.
  • Make up a hot solution of cleaner in bucket. If you have a dual bucket fill the other reservoir with plain hot water.
  • Mop on floor, being generous with the solution in high traffic areas. Help keep your mop as clean as possible by rinsing in the plain hot water solution.
  • Leave for a few minutes - it needs contact time to get the best results
  • Do small to medium areas at a time so the water remains warm
  • Deck scrub high soiled areas – in front of ovens, fryers, etc
  • Leave for a few minutes
  • Hose off to drain with warm water*
  • Squeegee of excess water to drain
  • Leave air dry
  • * If hosing or squeegee use is impractical, again you will benefit from using a dual bucket system. Use one reservoir to collect the dirty water from the floor and the other should be filled with plain hot water for rinsing the mop. Remember to change the water regularly.
  • Clean your mop ready for next use. Click here to see how.

Safety Notes:

TREO Ecoclean is considered non hazardous by Worksafe Australia criteria. However a word of warning not all floor cleaners are, some contain potentially nasty corrosives. If you are using a different product please consult the safety warnings. 


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2. How to keep your dishwasher in tip top condition.


If you are using the TREO system scale is a thing of the past, but in order to keep your machine in top operating order and to avoid costly and unnecessary repair bills you should maintain a daily cleaning program.

So let’s have a look at the simple things that you can do:

At the commencement of the shift

  • Check wash and rinse arms are in place and rotate freely
  • Replace stand pipe (drain plug), ensure seated correctly and “O” ring is in place
  • Replace scrap trays
  • Check chemicals and top up if required
  • If rinse additive drum changed, ensure pump is primed by pushing prime button
  • Switch machine to fill
  • Check that the chemical dispenser is switched on (power light on)
  • Rinse pump on the dispenser should operate while the dishwasher is in fill mode
  • Check temperature gauges

    Pre-Wash 42 - 50° C
    Main Wash 60 - 72° C
    Final Rinse 82° C or over

  • Fill cutlery pre-soak with TREO Soak 

At completion of shift

  1. Turn off machine by the isolation switch, if fitted
  2. Empty machine
  3. Inspect rinse jets and wash arms to ensure openings are clear. If blocked remove and clean out
  4. Remove standpipe, scrap trays, curtains. Using a green scourer scrub clean all removable items and the interior of wash tank. Make sure you get behind fixed parts and above the top wash arms
  5. Hose out interior of machine
  6. Clean exterior of machine with TREO Spray & Wipe
  7. Open doors and air dry
  8. Place scrap trays and standpipe in machine ready for next shift
  9. Clean down and tidy work area


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 3. Why a dirty mop is a bad mop

You can’t clean a floor effectively if your mop is filthy, right? This sounds so simple, but it is amazing the number of times we see kitchen and bar staff running a dirty old mop over the floor and expecting it to be clean.

The regular soak cleaning of mops is critical, otherwise we are defeating the very outcome we seek by using equipment that is dirty and containing high levels of bacteria.

So let’s look at some basic mop care that will give you greatly improved cleaning results.
   
Equipment:

  • Mop
  • Clean soaking bucket
  • TREO Optic soaking powder

 Method:

  • Frequency - daily after use
  • Place about 40 grams of OPTIC (two tablespoons) in a 5-litre bucket while filling with warm water
  • Ensure product totally dissolved by swishing mop around
  • Immerse the mop in the solution
  • Leave overnight
  • Rinse under running cold-water before use
  • Replace your mops regularly
  • Never leave mops sitting in dirty water in a mop bucket - perfect breading ground for bacteria
  • Rinse out mop bucket with hot water after use
  • Do not use conventional liquid bleach to soak mops as it breaks down the fibres in the mop

Safety Notes:

  • TREO Optic is considered non-hazardous according to Worksafe Australia.
  • Gloves are recommended.
  • Optic is an oxygenated powder and operates at a pH of about 7- 8.

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4. Eliminating streaks on table tops


These surfaces are rarely very dirty but do need regular maintenance. One of the most common complaints we hear is that after cleaning the table tops are streaky.

So what are the major causes of streaks on table and bench tops:

  • Using too much chemical - only a small amount of chemical should be needed to clean these surfaces. Spraying too much product will cause streaks and stickiness. One or two squirts should be enough.
  • If the product is a concentrate - not diluting it correctly or at all - dilution instructions must be read and understood. If a diltuion dispenser is in place it should be used.
  • Not changing your wiping cloth regularly - a cloth overly damp with chemical will leave streaks. 

So how do I get a streak table top? It's very simple if you follow this procedure

Equipment

  • Spray bottle
  • TREO Spray & Wipe Concentrate
  • A number of microfibre cloths - depending on number of tables to be cleaned

Method:

  • Fill spray bottles noting the dilution instruction - use the dispensing equipment if provided.
  • Spray table with a small amount of product.
  • Wipe off with microfibre cloth.
  • Ensure that the cloth does not get too damp - change regularly Spray & Wipe may build up on surfaces.
  • We strongly urge that all surfaces are wiped down weekly with plain water and a clean Microfibre cloth.
  • Ensure that cloths are laundered regularly to avoid a build up of chemical.
  • Do not use fabric softener when washing microfibre cloths.

Safety Notes:

TREO Spray & Wipe is considered non-hazardous according to Worksafe Australia.


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5. Simple measures to maintain rubber floor mats

No point having a clean floor if your rubber mats are filthy. Often neglected some simple TLC will not only help keep your mats clean, but also extend their life.

Equipment:

  • Mop bucket
  • Mop
  • Deck Scrub
  • TREO Ecoclean

Method:

  • Recommended frequency of clean - weekly
  • Remove rubber mats to an outside area, close to a drain
  • Fill bucket with hot water and TREO Ecoclean at the recommended dilution of 1:200
  • Mop solution on to mats
  • Leave for a few minutes
  • Scrub very thoroughly, both sides using deck scrub - wetting deck scrub with solution as required
  • Hose off both sides
  • Leave to air dry and replace mats

Safety Notes:

Headstrong is considered non hazardous according to Worksafe Australia.

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