Running a café is one of life’s’ greatest pleasures. It can be stressful, and it is hard work, but the rewards are immeasurable. Not only are you creating a business and bettering your own life, but you have something to be proud of and invest in. But, as with any food industry, you will be held to rigorous standards, and rightly so. And you will be besieged by the threat of pests and health issues constantly. While this might seem daunting, there is nothing to fear. It is all extremely manageable. Below I will be highlighting a few methods you can employ to improve your café’s hygiene and avoid pest issues.
Rats, flies, ants. The trio of consistent pest problems you will face in your café. You can keep things as clean as possible and you could still end up dealing with them in some way. But there is plenty you can do to ease this burden, aside from just cleaning. There are lots of anti-pest devices and traps that can be installed within your café. Things like electric fly zappers or ant-traps hidden behind cupboards will be extremely useful in reducing your pest issue. Don’t be afraid to invest in commercial pest control from spartanpestcontrol or other companies. Having a professional help guide you and install anti-pest measures will be worth the cost.
You will spend more time cleaning your café than doing anything else. And this is a good thing. A clean café means happy customers which means positive reviews which means success. But it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. To that end, it is worth creating a daily cleaning schedule. Break down every job that needs to be done before the end of the day and print off a rota. Have your staff tick off the jobs as and when they complete them. Also, create a list of cleaning jobs that can be handled weekly, rather than daily, and do the same. Having a structure like this will make things easier and you will be more likely to keep on top of it.
Keeping things clean is vital to avoid pests and maintain good reviews. But you can scrub all day long with lacklustre cleaning products and get nowhere. Make sure you are investing in quality cleaning products. This does not always mean the most expensive but just the ones that are from trusted sellers and contain the correct chemicals.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, or Coshh, is the regulation of handling and dealing with the cleaning chemicals you will utilize. You will need to make sure you have gone on the course and have all the relevant documentation on hand. You will also need to train your staff on how to understand the Coshh symbols and handle the chemicals they will be using. You will also need to invest in storage that is separate from the food areas and is secure.