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Floor cleaning regimes can lead to improved food hygiene

Hygiene is a critical issue for any business involved in food preparation, including aged care facilities. We explain how the correct floor cleaning equipment and methods can enhance safety and hygiene.

Residents in aged care facilities rightly expect their food to be prepared and served in a safe and hygienic manner, but this is a particularly critical issue in this sector, as residents are extremely vulnerable to bugs and viruses. An outbreak of food poisoning can have a devastating personal effect on individual residents and staff; and this has a knock-on effect for the professional reputation of the facility itself.

In rooms where food is prepared, treated or processed floor surfaces should be maintained in a sound condition, be easy to clean – and disinfect, when necessary. Impervious materials, which do not allow fluid to pass through, are therefore most suitable, with non-absorbent, washable and non-toxic qualities also important when it comes to commercial kitchen flooring.

Scrubber dryers are a good choice for this type of location as they have the ability to clean right into the grain of slip-resistant flooring, and in between tiles. Many models also have the facility to change brushes, allowing machines to adapt easily to each surface or task required – be it normal maintenance or intensive, ‘deep’ cleaning. Cordless versions make sense as they do away with trailing cables, which can be an additional safety hazard, and those that leave the floor dry and ready to walk on in the quickest time possible should also be favoured.

When planning cleaning regimes in aged care facility kitchens and dining areas, activities should take into account both routine, regular maintenance, and more responsive ‘emergency’ situations. In this way you can ensure that your premises are hygienically clean and safe.

For further information, contact John Parker at Alphaclean on 1300 655 598.

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