Keeping a kitchen clean and hygienic is a must, but a regular maintenance schedule is just as important. Why? Because each piece of kitchen equipment is a cog in a wheel and if one stops working, it can mean closing the kitchen.
With many kitchens being closed for a number of months, doing all you can to avoid unnecessary kitchen breakdowns is paramount.
How often should maintenance be carried out?
It depends on the kitchen and the intensity of equipment use – how many people are being catered for, how many days per week and the hours a kitchen is in operation. At TWO Services, our maintenance plans are flexible and can be offered on a 6 or a 12-month basis.
We also advise that ductwork checks are carried out quarterly, but at a minimum, every 6 months.
What is checked during a regular maintenance visit?
A planned kitchen maintenance programme can cover all of your kitchen equipment, including ovens, dishwashers and chillers, and should include:
- inspections for wear and tear,
- necessary machine adjustments,
- checking gas ranges and carbon monoxide emissions,
- replacing worn components, and
- lubricating moving parts.
Manufacturers can offer maintenance for equipment, but usually only for the equipment made by them. The advantage of having a planned kitchen maintenance plan from a third party is they can look after your whole kitchen, including smaller items, like food processors.
Combining maintenance and cleaning
Regular maintenance checks are important, but without professional deep cleaning as well, equipment can still suffer. Equipment that is not properly cleaned can lead to unnecessary breakdowns.
Combined deep cleaning and maintenance helps you to:
- be more time efficient,
- reduce equipment breakdowns,
- limit the number of different people in the kitchen, and
- reduce the paperwork.
But, by choosing one supplier to provide both cleaning and maintenance, you can save time. Just one phone call to book in both services, one invoice and one point of contact.
The gamble of not paying for maintenance
We believe the gamble is leaving equipment to run without regular maintenance checks. Imagine having to disappoint hungry customers and close the kitchen, because a vital piece of equipment has broken down.
With regular maintenance visits, problems, such as a faulty door seal on the chiller, can be nipped in the bud. Plus, poorly maintained equipment can also increase the risk of breaching health & safety regulations. So not keeping up with regular maintenance can be costly in a number of ways.
Working with TWO Services
Very few other UK companies can give you the simplicity and convenience of one expert team who can take care of maintenance as well as cleaning.
We offer bespoke cleaning regimes where we tailor our approach to suit your finances and your schedule. And every maintenance visit includes; inspecting for wear and tear, machine adjustments, checking gas ranges and carbon monoxide emissions, replacing worn components and lubricating moving parts.
All our work is carried out in accordance with the European, Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations (in all cases, the latest issue applies) and COSHH. And we’re accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2015, BS EN ISO 14001: 2015 (environmental) and OHSAS 18001: 2007 (health and safety).
Call us on 0800 22 44 33 or visit www.two-services.com.
We’re currently offering new customers 10% off of their first kitchen clean with us. Just use the code ‘H&C’ when you call.
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