As warmer weather returns, we are reminded of the annual tradition to spring clean. It is particularly important for restaurants to maintain a clean, safe environment for employees and staff and to conform to the many health and safety regulations set forth by the Food and Drug Administration. While springtime serves as a great reminder, restaurant owners and operators should be just as concerned about cleanliness year-round as they are during this time of year.

Here are top five cleaning tips to consider:

1.    Implement a deep clean – It’s a great time to clean those hard-to-reach areas, professionally clean carpets, scrub corners, and focus on areas around windows and doors that are exposing more light now than a few months ago. The winter slush can also do a number on wood and tile floors so be sure to pay extra attention to avoid long-term damage.

2.    Update daily cleaning protocol – If you are currently using the bucket/spray bottle and towel system to clean tables and surface areas, consider switching to sanitizing wet wipes. They’re more hygienic – since they are only used once and then thrown away, they eliminate the risk of cross-contamination inherent with re-using a towel from the same bucket with increasingly dirty water.

3.    Try a restroom re-do – Expand upon your daily bathroom cleaning regimen. Details like worn grout lines, dusty lighting fixtures, and over-used garbage cans can make even the nicest bathroom look drab, so freshen it up with fresh flowers for an added touch of luxury.

4.    Make it a team effort – Every restaurant manager knows a customer’s experience is heavily influenced by the staff, so making sure you and your staff are on the same page in regards to cleanliness is crucial. Remind your staff of the importance of maintaining high sanitation standards. Cleanliness has a lasting impression and customers will notice if a staff member doesn’t wipe the table down properly or doesn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom.

5.    Maintain – Now that you’ve gone through all the trouble of getting things ready for summer, make sure it stays that way with a comprehensive maintenance schedule for staff to adhere to. Provide incentives such as gift cards when staff members go above and beyond to keep the momentum going.