When you say cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of all areas of the workplace, it should really mean all. This includes not only the floors and walls, but this should also include one of the most overlooked areas of the kitchen – the ceiling as well as the air ventilators.
What You Need
The materials that you will need to clean the ceiling and air ventilator include a ladder, a ceiling broom, a hand brush, cleaning detergent, clean cloth, and water for rinsing. You will also need goggles as well gloves to protect not only your eyes but hands as well.
For the air ventilator, you will need to use the ladder, so make sure that it is very sturdy and very stable so as to prevent any accidents or mishaps from happening.
The first thing that you need to do is to remove the air ventilator from the ceiling. After all, it is so much easier to clean the air ventilator when it is taken down.
Wet the hand brush or the scouring pad with water and then pour in a small amount of detergent. Do not use too much detergent though as it could make rinsing difficult. Plus, you will be wasting water, detergent, and money if you do so.
With the wet hand brush or scouring pad, gently but thoroughly wash all the areas of the air ventilator, making sure to remove tracks of grime and dust. Once done, rinse it off with clear water, making sure that there are no traces of detergent left on the air ventilator. After this, thoroughly wipe the air ventilator off with a clean cloth.
Before you clean the ceiling though, make sure that the kitchen equipments, appliances, units, items, etc. are protected with drop cloths. You should also protect the counters, ovens, grills, anything really that needs to be protected from the dust and grime of the ceilings as well as from the drips. Also, you should always clean the ceilings before you clean the walls and the floors so as to save money, effort, and time.
Therefore, you are wearing goggles and gloves. The goggles will protect your eyes from any drips that might fall over your face, and the gloves will protect your hands from the detergent.
As for the ceiling itself, you need to use the ladder to reach hard-to-reach areas as well as the ceiling broom to remove cobwebs. You could also use a vacuum brush to less the risk of cobwebs or dirt falling into any of the surfaces below.
Next, dampen a clean cloth with water and detergent, squeeze it hard to remove any excess fluid, and scrub the ceiling. Make sure that there are no drips dripping down the walls, either any of the surfaces below, or on the floor. After this, wipe the ceiling off with a dry cloth.
When you are done cleaning the ceiling, be sure to reassemble the air ventilator and place it back on the ceiling.
Last, tidy up the area. This includes wiping off any drips that might have knocked down the ceiling or unto any of the surfaces below. This also includes wiping the floor off any water or detergent that dropped down from the ceiling.
Cleaning the ceiling is not an everyday activity or one that needs to be done every after shift though. However, the ceiling should be cleaned regularly so as to avoid grime, dust, and cobweb accumulation.
by Matt Goudge