How to Disinfect Restaurant Tables and Related Areas
As local and state guidelines begin allowing your restaurant or bar to reopen, it is critical to maintain safety to ensure that you, your employees, and your patrons are not going to be endangered by COVID-19 (or other diseases) due to a faulty cleaning process.
In this post we’re going to cover the proper way to clean table or bar top surfaces as fast and effectively as possible as part of a daily cleaning process. Remember to use proper PPE before getting started.
- Personal Protective equipment: Gloves and safety glasses
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Clean rags
- Mop and bucket
BEFORE DAILY OPENING
- Clean all touchable non-food contact surfaces (which can also include door knobs, computers, counter tops, phones, menus, or condiment dispensers) with an All Purpose Cleaner following manufacturer recommend directions.
This will allow the disinfectant in Step 2 to perform at it’s maximum effectiveness.
- Generously spray germicidal disinfectant on treated surfaces and allow to remain wet for 10 minutes for maximum efficiency, then wipe down with clean cloth.
Ideally, spray and move across cleaning operation, circling back at given time frame to wipe dry.
- Mop floors with germicidal disinfectant and allow to remain wet for 10 minutes, followed by mopping up excess liquid.
DURING BUSINESS HOURS
After a table is used, spray surfaces on tables and chairs and allow to remain wet for at least 1 minute, then air dry or wipe with clean cloth. All touchable surfaces can be sanitized in the same manner multiple times throughout the day.
AFTER DAILY CLOSING
Spray down all surfaces the same way as in the Before Daily Opening steps.
This is just a general guideline on how to maintain a safer environment for all occupants in your business. You may need to modify based on your systems and labor requirements.