Two steps that you can take to maintain sanitary conditions in your cafe

If you run a cafe, it is extremely important to ensure that you keep your premises clean and sanitary at all time. Here are two ways to do this.

Hire multiple skip bins

Cafes tend to generate a substantial amount of refuse on a daily basis, in the form of food waste, food wrappers and supply packaging. If you don't have enough space in your skip bins to store this refuse, you could find yourself dealing with several serious sanitation problems.

For example, if you have only hired one small skip bin, it will probably end up at full capacity several days before its contents are due to be collected by the local refuse collection service.

This could create a number of issues. For example, if your staff have nowhere to put the bags of rubbish that accumulate over the course of each workday, they may have no other choice than to leave these bags inside your cafe.

The smell of the rotting food waste wafting from these bags could not only put off potential customers but could also attract rodents into your premises. The latter is particularly dangerous and could lead to you having to shut down your business to have the pest problem dealt with.

Rodents could also be drawn to your premises if the bin outside is so full that its lid cannot be securely closed; in this situation, rats and mice will be able to both smell and gain access to the food remnants housed inside the bin. Once rodents discover a source of food, they tend to remain nearby. As such, even if your skip bin is only overflowing for a day or two, it could result in a long-term infestation problem.

Given this, it really is worth hiring one or two extra bins from your local skip bin services company; this small additional expense could save you a lot of money in the long run. 

Make sure your staff understand the importance of hand sanitation

It is vital for your staff members who handle food products in your cafe to understand the importance of hand hygiene.

If they fail to sanitise their hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, using the bathroom or touching dirty surfaces, harmful microorganisms on their hands could be transferred to the food that you serve your customers.

If one of your customers develops food poisoning as a result of a meal they have consumed on your premises, they could potentially sue you and your professional reputation could be ruined.

Try to make it as easy as possible for your staff members to wash their hands; place hand-washing stations at easy-to-access points around the cafe and hang signs that remind people about the importance of hand sanitisation on the walls of your premises.

Additionally, provide your employees with disposable gloves that they can use during various stages of the food preparation process. This, too, will reduce the chances of them accidentally contaminating the ingredients that they use to make customers' meals.