Cintas advice helps restaurants prepare for post-pandemic challenges
CINCINNATI – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – As the world continues to step out of COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants must prepare for increased foot traffic and cleanliness expectations while addressing hiring challenges. To help restaurants prepare for the lifting of restrictions and labor shortages, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) offers five essential tips.
âFrom closures to limited capacity to other restrictions, the restaurant industry has adapted remarkably to keep their businesses operating during the pandemic,â said John Engel, chief marketing officer, Cintas. âAs restaurants prepare for a return to ‘normal’ this summer, they face new challenges, such as labor shortages, increased demand and maintaining higher standards of cleanliness. ”
The best tips for preparing for an increase in customer numbers this summer include:
- Launder cleaning items and tools: Washing items such as microfiber towels, bar towels, mop heads, and uniforms is often a tedious process undertaken by restaurant owners or managers. Save time and achieve better results by outsourcing clothing and loose items that are cleaned through a professional and industrial laundry process.
- Very organized : Restaurant employees must have access to cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE). Consider installing chemical dispensers that connect directly to the water line and dispense properly diluted chemicals with just the push of a button. Likewise, restaurant managers and owners can consider investing in disposable disinfectant and disinfectant wipes to help keep their stock of hand and hard surface hygiene solutions fast and readily available. Having PPE like disposable gloves on hand is also essential for catering workers who interact with food and many people on a daily basis.
- Deep toilet cleaning: Negative online toilet reviews are said to deter 89% of Americans from eating out.1 It is important that restaurants perform regular deep cleaning that includes disinfecting surfaces and removing buildup, dirt and bacteria. For example, high pressure cleaning extracts dirt and dirty water to avoid cross contamination and odor causing bacteria.
- Protect floors: Many restaurants have removed rugs and replaced them with floor stickers to remind people of social distancing. As restaurants return to full capacity, they will experience levels of foot traffic and floor wear before the pandemic. Carpets can help extend the life of floors by preventing dirt and debris from having an abrasive effect. Consider an outsourced carpet service provider to remove and replace dirty carpets with freshly washed carpets. Washing your own rugs takes time and strains your equipment.
- Maintenance of kitchen drain lines: Fats, oils, grease and other kitchen scraps accumulate in the drains over time. This can cause foul odors and blockages that require tedious draining. Maintaining kitchen drains can help keep fluids free.
- Installation of touchless soap, disinfectant and paper towel dispensers: Consider installing contactless dispensers to avoid spreading germs on frequently touched surfaces in restaurants. Dispensers without contactless functions may contain more bacteria and viruses. Installing paper towel dispensers to replace air dryers can help prevent the spread of germs in the toilet.2
Engel added, âRestaurants may want to maintain their pandemic cleaning protocols to meet increased cleanliness expectations. Exploring an outsourced model can help restaurateurs save time and allow them to focus on priority needs while promoting a positive image.
To alleviate the stress of reopening, Cintas Corporation offers a variety of installation services to address cleaning and hygiene for both the front and back of the home. From hygienically cleaned laundry, deep toilet cleaning and chemical services to toilet and uniform maintenance services, Cintas can help restaurants increase their cleaning needs as restrictions ease.
For more information, visit cintas.com/facilityservices.
1 Harris Poll 2018, June 14-18, 2018 of 2,024 U.S. adults aged 18 and over. Poll: Restroom reviews impact restaurant visits. ” FSR review. Food news media. July 12, 2018
2 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/12/hand-dryers-suck-bathroom-bacteria-and-blow-them-all-over-your-hands-study- finds / 511723002 /
About Cintas Corporation
Cintas Corporation helps over one million businesses of all types and sizes achieve Readyâ¢ confidently open their doors every day by providing products and services that help keep their customers’ facilities and employees clean, safe, and at their best. With offerings that include uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, as well as safety training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the working dayÂ®. The company is also the creator of the Total Clean programMT – a one-of-a-kind service that includes scheduled delivery of essential cleaning products, hygienically clean washing, and sanitation and disinfection products and services. Based in Cincinnati, Cintas is a public Fortune 500 company traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is included in both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Nasdaq-100 Index.