It’s more important than ever that businesses have their hygiene up to standard, but this is an area in which Harlem is sometimes lacking.
The NYP noted several facilities across the neighborhood had failed hygiene tests in the years leading up to 2020, and that has to change. The good news about hygiene is that it’s not hard to achieve – it’s simply a matter of spending time to committing to a clean house.
A deep clean
A great place to start is with a deep clean – preferably a professional job. There are surfaces throughout a business that can pick up dirt, bacteria, and viruses through the years of use, including your ceilings and walls, and you might never think of the benefit of a deep clean. A ceiling is a great example – according to industry mag RestaurantNews, ceilings are a primary reason for failing hygiene inspections, as they often hold build-ups of dirt, including mold. In a city as damp as New York, that’s all the more reason to keep on top of it. Get a start on hygiene by seeing what ‘perfect’ looks like.
Hygiene is a matter of routine and thoroughness, and many CDC-approved inspectors will look to see a rota and timetable as part of any inspection. This is often a requirement of a good hygiene rating, and for good reason – a schedule is crucial to ensuring that your premises remain clean. Draw up a rota from day one of your clean working area. You don’t need to complete every cleaning task every day, and deciding the frequency of a task is something that you’ll need to think about in-depth to ensure you meet the right standards.
2020 has gone, but it brought with it a whole host of new considerations for businesses in terms of maintaining their levels of hygiene. This serves as a lesson, or a reminder, for businesses of all sizes. Hygiene is not a static subject – there’s always something that can change how you need to manage your business, whether that’s from an external source or from something you do in your business. Be aware of changes, and be ready to get up-to-date guidance out for your business and your employees.
Having a regimented approach to hygiene will keep your business running smoothly. It will protect you and your customers, and keep costly corrections from inspections away. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure you keep on top of these issues.