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Many businesses operate a kitchen on their premises which either provides food to their customers or their staff.?

Either way, you will need to follow certain cleaning procedures and use commercial cleaning products of a certain standard to make sure your kitchen and food-cosumption areas are clean and are not the cause for contamination.

In this article, we will shed some light on the essential commercial cleaning products that are available.

Do you need to use "commercial" cleaning products?

The UK Food Standards Agency requires commercial Food Operators to use appropriate disinfectants that meet the requirements of the British Standard BS EN 1276. These products are for the disinfection of surfaces and equipment that can come into contact with food. These could be worktops and kitchen surfaces, ovens, hobs, cutlery, and food preparation machinery.?These standards have been introduced to help people working in these environments deal with challenges such as the threat of infections from E-Coli spores which can occur in food preparation areas.?

What is BS EN1276?

The main British Standard for food safety is BS EN 1276. Manufacturers and suppliers of chemical cleaning products can have their products tested to comply with this standard. Usually, the products are tested by an independent laboratory and they must prove a bacteria kill rate of 99.999% within 5 minutes of using the cleaning product. Products that have been certified to be within the EN1276 standard can be used to prevent effective infection control against harmful micro organisms such as MRSA, salmonella, E.Coli, the Flu Virus (H1N1) and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

Do supermarket cleaning products comply with BS EN 1276?

Simple answer: no. Some products say that they kill 99.9% of the germs. However, the products with the BS EN1276 certification kill 99.999% of the germs. This is called a 5-log reduction. Without getting too scientific here, in terms of infection control, this means how effective a cleaning product is at reducing bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that can be the cause of disease.

In microbiology, they use the term colony forming units (CFUs), which is a unit which is used to estimate the number of viable (i.e. living) bacteria or fungal cells in a sample.?The following table shows how many CFUs you are left with using different chemical products for the reduction of bacteria. As you can see, the number of bacteria left using a 99.999% product is only 10 as opposed to 1000 with a supermarket product.

CFUs After the use of a product with a bacteria killing percentage of? you are left with that many CFUs Log Number
1,000,000 99.9% 1000 3-Log
1,000,000 99.99% 100 4-Log
1,000,000 99.999% 10 5-Log
1,000,000 99.9999% 1 6-Log

What essential kitchen cleaning products do you need?

You would need the following products:

  • a degreaser
  • a sanitising product
  • dishwasher detergent (if you?have a dishwasher)
  • rinse aid (also for the dishwasher)
  • washing up liquid
  • hand soap
  • floor cleaner?

What is a degreaser used for??

A degreaser is a chemical cleaning product that dissolves water-insoluble substances (such as oils, lubricants, tar, wax, resin and grease). This can be used on hard surfaces such as floor, machines and tools.

Commercial degreasers are available as sprays, wipes or solutions that can be used directly on the surface that needs to be cleaned. Some degreaser products also have disinfecting and deodorising elements. Degreasers are non-corrosive and do not discolour the areas they are used on. Some commercial degreasers are particularly formulated for the safe use in food preparation areas.

There are often different products for different surfaces, so make sure you use the correct product for your specific application. Commercial degreasers can be bought in different quantities and qualities. Some manufacturers and suppliers sell them ready to use, some are concentrated and seem more expensive, but with the correct dilution the concentrated products will probably safe you money. Example quantities are 5, 10 and 20 L drums.

best commercial degreaser Scotland

Sanitiser

Sanitisers are used for disinfection, i.e. the reduction of bacteria to safe levels in order to decrease the infection risk.?Depending on your environment, you may need low-level, high-level or hospital grade disinfectants.

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Dishwasher detergent

Most commercial dishwashers use automatic dosing equipment. All you need to do is connect the detergent drum to the dosing equipment and the dishwasher will use as much detergent as it needs for each use. By using automatic dosing, the machine will much likely use significantly less detergent in comparison to manual dosing.

Rinse Aid

This product helps reduce the water surface tension, the water forms into droplets and encourages it to drain from the surface. The spots that are left behind on glasses for example, from evaporating drops are therefore eliminated. So it doesn’t have anything to do with rinsing, but speeds up the drying process and keeps the crockery shiny.

Washing up liquid

Commercial cleaning product suppliers can provide washing up liquids in substantially bigger quantities than your local supermarket, which will make it much more price-effective to buy.

In Scotland, any commercial kitchen including kitchens in business centres that are used by staff should use BS EN 1276 certified washing up liquid. If no dishwasher is in use, a double sink system should be in place. More information about this is provided on this PDF from the Falkirk Council website.?

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Hand Soap

Hand soap is important for any environment where food is consumed, stored or prepared. Some hand soaps can contain an element of disinfectant. Handwashing is very important to help avoid the spreading of harmful bacteria. All staff must wash their hands when in the kitchen or food preparation areas. They should also wash their hands before preparing and after touching raw food, handling waste or emptying the bin. They should wash their hands after the cleaning tasks, when they have a cold and need to blow their nose frequently, and when they touch phones, door handles, money and cash registers as well as light switches.

Make sure you provide disposable towels to avoid spreading bacteria, such as centre free or paper towels.??

Floor cleaner

There are different floor cleaner products available, but a good allrounder product for both tiled floors and anti-slip altro kitchen floors is our product - Steri Grime, which can also be used for cleaning walls, food surfaces and extraction canopies.?

Where can I buy commercial kitchen cleaning products?

There are different options: You can either buy them at a wholesaler, or from a cleaning manufacturer & supplier such as Trichem Scotland.?

Our clients speak with our reps who can recommend the necessary products to keep your kitchen and food-processing and consumption areas compliant, safe and clean. You can also try out our products before you buy.?

Order your complete kitchen cleaning kit to comply with regulations

We have put together a full cleaning kit for your kitchen (excluding dishwasher liquid).

Product Name Usage Volume Price
Degreaser Steri Grime For cleaning Oven, walls, floors, greasy equipment 6 bottles x 750 ml £8
Sanitiser Steri Kleen For sanitising worktops & kitchen surfaces, ovens, hobs, cutlery, and food preparation machinery 6 bottles x 750 ml £8
Hand Soap Steri Hand B A bactericidal hand soap for added protection 2 x 500 ml £3
Centrefeed Centre Pull A general tissue wipe for use in ?kitchens 6 x blue centre feed paper £10.50
Washing up Liquid 3Q Bac Det for hand washing of all glassware and crockery 2 x 5 L £16.80
Napkins 2ply Serviettes all occasions (corporate events, restaurants, hand out with fast food etc.) Box of 2000 £18
Total £64.30
essential kitchen cleaning products
Top 7 Cleaning products for commercial kitchen

Top 7 Products

  • a degreaser
  • a sanitising product
  • dishwasher detergent (if you?have a dishwasher)
  • rinse aid (also for the dishwasher)
  • washing up liquid
  • hand soap
  • floor cleaner?
absolutely necessary Cleaning products for commercial kitchen

What is E.Coli and should I worry about it?

E.Coli bacteria are particularly dangerous because they can cause infections in very low doses. These bacteria can survive refrigeration as well as freezing. On some occasions they have been tolerant to acid, salt and very dry conditions.

E.Coli contaminated products - if consumed - can lead to death or very serious untreatable illnesses, which even after recovery leave some people with permanent brain or kidney damage.? Therefore special care should always be given to reduce the risk of cross-contamination with E. coli O157.

You can read much more in detail about this on the UK Food Standards Agency website.

 

Handwashing

All staff must wash their hands when in the kitchen or food preparation areas.?

Make sure you provide disposable towels to avoid spreading bacteria, such as centre free or paper towels.??

More information is provided in the Guidelines by the Food Standards Agency

A word about bleach

Bleach shouldn't be used in kitchen areas and is frowned upon by house-keeping and shouldn't be used professionally. Bleach can easily cause accidents (fumes inhaled or accidentally swallowed, skin reactions, eye contact). It can also bleach surfaces, fabrics and carpets, it causes corrosion and has a very short lifespan.

Bleach is mainly used in laundries and is available in different strengths. There are also two options: Thick bleach and thin bleach. Thick bleach is used to clean vertical surfaces as it sticks to the surface much better than thin bleach.

However, bleach is a tremendous sanitiser and it is also very cheap.

Request a visit

Either Lee or Alex would come and visit your premises and can advise which products you should stock to maintain a clean and safe work environment. Depending on the size of your premises, a visit can be as short as 30 minutes. They will have sample products for you to try out and can answer all the questions you have.?

We provide COSHH training (online) and all the Material Safety Data Sheets that are legally required.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Trichem Reps

Benefits

  • Easy online ordering
  • Free delivery on orders over £50
  • Next-day delivery
  • Free dishwasher healthcheck
  • Free glass washer health check
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