When restaurant owners think of return on investment, upsell items, the number of employees working per shift, and how quickly servers can turn tables probably comes to mind. What you may not hear often but is perhaps one of the biggest hidden savers in the restaurant business: hood cleaning.
In a nutshell, hood cleaning (or grease trap cleaning) is a cleaning process that removes excess grease and grime that has built up in vents, fans, ducts, and hoods of commercial kitchen’s exhaust systems.
Frequent hood cleaning is not only important but mandatory. Failure to comply with the National Fire Protection Agency could result in a fire, let alone large fines and a tarnished reputation.
While hood cleaning makes your restaurant safer and less likely to get an impromptu visit from the fire marshal, it also saves you a bunch of money. Read on to learn how you can get a positive ROI from hood cleaning.
Hood Cleaning Makes It Less Likely for Your Restaurant to Burn Down
Did you know that almost 40% of small businesses close their doors after a disaster (i.e. storm, hurricane, flooding, and, yes, fires)? And that more than half of small businesses say it would take them around three months more or less to reopen?
Even if you are a larger restaurant or franchise, know that one-quarter of businesses in general never reopen after a major disaster. This means filing for bankruptcy, liquidating assets, (possibly) hiring an attorney, and paying off leftover debt—all of which is complicated, messy, and costs you money.
Long story short, your restaurant burning down from a grease fire leaves you in a financial position that takes months if not years to get out of. Even with a check from insurance, you’re looking at months spent unemployed trying to find another job—or, if you do decide to reopen shop, at least 3 months (as mentioned) to get your restaurant up and running again.
Hood cleaning helps prevent this situation from happening, and all of the financial, physical, and emotional costs that come with it. What you save with regular cleanings is your blood, sweat, and tears.
When You Hire Grease Trapping Cleaning Professionals, You Know the Cleaning’s Done Right
Hood cleaning services include everything from pressure washing to cleaning and polishing. It not only requires professional equipment but the help of a professional hood cleaner.
Remember, this is their area of expertise; unlike with a DIY job, when you hire a professional cleaner, you won’t have to worry about leftover grease and grime. Which means less frequent cleanings and less risk of a fire and all of the costs that come with it.
Here’s the Takeaway
Grease trap cleaning is one of the most proactive steps restaurants can take to ensure their restaurant, customers, and employees stay safe.
Depending on your kitchen setup, in order to be in compliance with The National Fire Protection Agency, you may need to have monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual cleanings.
Keeping up with regular cleanings is worth the upfront cost, as you end up saving more in the long run—physically, financially, and emotionally.
Interested in having your commercial kitchen cleaned? Contact Grand Natural Inc.