Cleaning & Sanitizing
Cleaning is the process of removing food and other types of soil from a surface. To properly clean you must use soap and water. Sanitizing is the process of reducing the number of harmful microorganisms from a clean surface to safe levels. You must clean and rinse a surface before you sanitize.
Chemical sanitizers are influenced by contact time, concentration of the sanitizer, and temperature of the solution. Test the solution regularly with a sanitizer test kit. All surfaces must be cleaned and rinsed. This includes walls, storage shelves, and garbage containers. Finally, any surface that touches food; such as knives, stockpots, cutting boards, or prep tables, must be cleaned and sanitized.
- Start with soap and water
- Rinse the soap away
- Finish by sanitizing and air drying