Having the right tools on hand to clean your kitchen equipment makes everyone’s life easier when it comes to cleaning time.
All of these items can be found at your local hardware store, or at your local grocery store.
15 ITEMS you NEED in your Food Service Maintenance Tool Box
Old toothbrushes can be sanitised and used, and are great for cleaning in nooks and crannies, doors seals and hinges.
Good for cleaning dust off condensers & crumbs out of door seals when clean and dry (not good on greasy condensers or door seals).
If you can get brushed in different sizes that is even better, then you can use the larger brush for larger areas. It just makes things easier.
3. Compact dust pan and brush
Good for picking up dust and food debris from small places.
4. Nylon Scrubbing Brush
Great for larger areas and tiles
5. Wire Brush
Great for cleaning greasy condensers.
Remember only brush condensers in the same direction as the fins.
6. Philips Head & Flat Head Screw Drivers
Buy a set with long shafts in a medium size. These are useful when you need to remove screws in hard to reach places such as the cover of an ice maker.
7. Large Sponge
This is good for soaking up water in hard to reach places.
You can buy a cheap sponge (I think you can get a pack of 6 Jumbo Car Sponges from Kmart for $4), or you can get one of those chamois sponges that rapidly soak up water.
8. Large Spoon/Spatula
Good for lifting food scraps out of hard to reach places
9. Stanley Knife
Stanley knifes are useful for removing the plastic coating on stainless steel equipment. This should be completely removed from all stainless steel as it is a place for nasties (aka cockroaches) to hide and breed
10. Small Plunger
Good for unblocking drains
11. Chux Wipes
Or similar disposable cleaning cloths.
12. Gloves, Mask & Apron
Always use these when using any chemicals! Especially any caustic chemicals.
13. Tape Measure
Always handy to have, especially if you need to move equipment or have a new piece of equipment coming.
14. Wet/Dry Vaccum
Not entirely necessary but definitely nice to have. Especially one with a narrow nozzle as it is great for sucking up food scraps from hard to reach places.
14. Regular Cleaning Products
Cleaner, sanitiser, Calcium, lime, rust remover (descaler)
So there are our top 15 items that you should keep in your toolbox for kitchen cleaning.
You can put these items in a tool box, tackle box or something similar, but always remember to clean and sanitise them after use and put them back in the right place.