Are your grease management and drainage systems easy to clean? Cleanability has a significant impact on the health of any commercial kitchen as well as its hygienic performance.
Waste water management has a major impact on the hygienic performance of any foodservice facility and its design has a significant impact on cleanliness – what we at ACO call ‘cleanability’. Yet the wider impact of cleanability on the healthy and efficient operation of a foodservice business is often overlooked. So why is cleanability so important?
1. Time and money
The impact of cleanability on the health of a foodservice business was proven by a recent research study undertaken by research institute, Fraunhofer IVV Dresden. Commissioned by ACO, this independent study was designed to fully assess the impact of hygienic design on drainage performance. We wanted to know how the application of hygienic design impacted upon the cleanability of drainage channels and as a consequence, hygiene and cleaning costs.
The research compared the performance of ACO’s hygienically designed drainage channel with another channel whose design is typical of those in use. It found that hygienically designed drainage channels can be effectively and completely cleaned in less than 10 minutes whereas non-hygienic channel still has 2 per cent residual soiling after an extended rinsing time of over two hours. Cleanability clearly has a huge impact on the amount of time and money your foodservice business will spend on cleaning and cleaning materials.
2. Your employees
No matter how robust your cleaning protocol and how committed your employees are to cleaning your commercial kitchen, they may well be tempted to cut corners if cleaning is a difficult and time consuming process. Hygienic design features, such as corners with a minimum radii of 3mm, ensure that ACO’s waste water systems drainage products can be fully cleaned, while features such as the automated cleaning functions on our grease management systems make cleaning a quick and easy process enabling your kitchen to be healthier for you, your customers and your employees.
3. The environment
Are you using excessive amounts of water and detergent? Are you forced to use power-washing to clean dirt from channel corners? The specification of a hygienically designed drainage system will minimise the amount of water and detergent used during the cleaning process, reduce operating costs, and make cleaning a quicker, more efficient and more environmentally friendly process. What is more, ACO provides Waste Water System Assessments, which can help you to analyse and evaluate the condition of commercial´s kitchen waste water management including its drainage and grease management solutions.
If you would like to learn more about cleanability and its role in creating a healthy commercial kitchen, please contact our sales team on 1300 765 226.