Kitchen cleaning is essential as it sanitises food contact surfaces preventing the growth of bacteria, and eliminating any bacteria that are already present. It’s important to keep cutlery clean to avoid spreading germs, and you can reduce contamination risks by ensuring all equipment is cleaned regularly.
Kitchen sinks actually contain more bacteria than the toilet bowl! It’s a vital part of a cleaning routine to disinfect them on a regular basis, alongside the taps and handles. Work surfaces should be wiped down after every use as hands and utensils come in contact with them many times during the day.
Washing hands often also helps to prevent cross-contamination, and is particularly important following a visit to the bathroom, after touching any parts of your face or body, and when switching from preparing meat or dairy products to fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you don’t have the time or the energy to focus on anything but the basics when it comes to cleaning there are many benefits of deep cleaning services for your kitchen. Find out how you can get help here…
Deep cleaning services
A domestic cleaning company such as BeClean will provide you with kitchen cleaning services in Abingdon. You’ll be able to decide what tasks you need to be completed by your professional domestic cleaners.
A typical kitchen deep cleaning checklist would include:
- Wiping down cabinets inside and out, and dusting underside of upper cabinets
- Removing items from drawers and wiping down insides
- Cleaning utensil holders and anything else sitting on countertops
- Degreasing and cleaning oven, inside and out
- Cleaning backsplash
- Wiping down all appliances
- Sanitising work surfaces
- Disinfecting sinks
- Spot cleaning walls
- Emptying bins
- Cleaning windows and sills
- Mopping hard floors
Avoiding foodborne illnesses
There are steps that you can take on a daily basis to ensure you and your family stay healthy and these are:
- Keeping yourself and your kitchen work surfaces clean
- Separating raw foods from other products
- Properly preparing and cooking foods
- Storing foods appropriately before and after cooking
Food and kitchen hygiene is paramount to prevent food-borne illnesses. Look at a range of illnesses caused by unsafe food practices here…
Botulism is associated with tinned foods, with the microbes thriving when foods aren’t canned properly. They pose the biggest risk when they’re found in foods that don’t need to be heated, such as tinned fruit. These germs can survive at high temperatures for several minutes.
You should look for cans that have bulges or dents which is indicative of a defective canning process or a vacuum seal that may be broken. These should never be used.
E. Coli bacteria actually live in cows’ intestinal tracts and get into the meat during the slaughter process. Germs may also be passed into the milk. A minor dose of E. Coli will normally not cause too many health issues, but a large dose can cause a severe reaction in people with weak immune systems, and possible fatalities.
Killing E. Coli germs is done by cooking the meat until the internal temperature reaches 71 degrees Celsius. This includes ground meats that may be used in burgers. Proper handwashing is another factor that will stop the spread of germs for an infected person.
From the intestinal tracts of animals, this germ can make its way into food products. The bacteria can cause flu-like symptoms and can be severe for those with weak immune systems, and pregnant women. It’s most often associated with unpasteurised milk and soft cheeses.
Keeping cold foods at a safe temperature – 4 degrees Celsius or lower – will minimise the risk, and hot foods need to be steaming before serving. Bear in mind listeria can survive and multiply for months even in the freezer.
This germ lives in the digestive tract and produces toxins that make you feel sick and suffer from general stomach upsets to symptoms that resemble flu. It typically shows up in milk, eggs, poultry, pork, and seafood. Contaminated foods look and smell normal, so it’s extremely important to heat the food at a high enough temperature to kill the germs.
The best way to avoid salmonella is to prevent the spread of germs in the first place. As well as hand washing, and proper cleaning of food preparation surfaces, foods should always be cooked to the correct temperature and served immediately. Never serve food that has been sitting for a long time.
How to keep your kitchen clean when handling food
Poor cleaning and bad personal practices can cause food contamination, the spread of infection, and food poisoning. The key factors to prevent these things from happening include:
- Washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
- Covering any cuts with a plaster, and wearing clean latex gloves
- Touching foods with your hands as little as possible – using tools or utensils instead
- Not wearing jewellery that can collect dirt and bacteria
- Not using your apron to dry your hands
- Disposing of food remnants properly and getting rid of crumbs
- Wiping countertops with clean water and soap, followed by a disinfectant sanitiser
- Sweeping hard floors and then mopping on a regular basis
- Washing dishcloths, tea towels, and aprons on a hot wash
- Being aware of any leaks in the plumbing which could attract mould
How to keep foods separated
It doesn’t take a great deal of time to ensure the reduction of cross-contamination. Simply follow the guidelines below:
- Use different cutting boards for raw meat and disinfect after each use
- Don’t reuse any container that has held raw food unless it’s been thoroughly cleaned
- Wash, rinse, and sanitise all utensils, temperature probes, and cutting boards before reusing
- Never put cooked food on plates or surfaces that have had raw foods on them
- Store raw foods on lower shelves in the fridge to prevent any juices from dripping onto other foods
How to chill and store food
- Keep the fridge temperature set at 4 degrees Celsius and the freezer at -18 degrees Celsius
- Put fridge and frozen groceries away as soon as possible
- Clean the fridge and freezer regularly to get rid of out-of-date foods that could transfer bacteria
- Use foods before their expiry date
- Don’t overfill the fridge to allow air to freely circulate and cool food more effectively
Domestic house cleaning services
If you need help with more than just a kitchen clean, you’ll find that domestic cleaning services in Abingdon will provide that too. Domestic house cleaners will come to your property with all the tools and equipment needed to get the jobs done.
You can book regular domestic cleaning in Abingdon where the same cleaner will come to you on a weekly or monthly basis. You’ll be able to specify the jobs that are most important, and you can change the cleaning duties to meet your needs.
Alternatively, you can arrange a one-off deep cleaning session. This will be ideal for spring cleaning your property, following a party, or prior to hosting a special occasion. A key-holding service can also be provided so that any service can be carried out by trusted and trained professional cleaners, even if you’re not at home.
Need an appliance cleaning service? Or a commercial cleaning service suited to your business? Simply make enquiries when you call or go online to make your booking.