Food Truck Cleaning: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Tasks

  • Food Truck Cleaning: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Tasks
Food Truck Cleaning: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Tasks

The tiny enclosed space inside a food truck kitchen can be a challenge to keep clean. There is a major risk for cross-contamination because the equipment and food are jammed so close together inside. The key to effective food truck cleaning is making a plan and sticking with it. If you have a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule, the task won't seem so overwhelming.

 

After Each Shift


Some jobs are so important that they have to be performed multiple times each day. You should keep your prep and cook area clean by washing all the dishes as you go, brushing the grill whenever you change the type of food you cook (i.e., changing from beef to fish) and emptying the trash whenever it gets near to being full. You should also wipe down counter areas and switch up cutting boards throughout the day.

 

At the End of the Day


When shutting down for the night, it's important to make sure that the truck is clean and ready for use the next day. You should start by cleaning all of your cooking tools and appliances. For instance, you should clean the inside and outside of the microwave, empty and clean the steam table, and close down and clean all of your fryers. Next, you should clean all of your work surfaces. Last, you should wash your floor mats and sweep and clean your floor.

 

Since food trucks have so many different types of surfaces that need cleaning, a multipurpose cleaning system is ideal. A spray-and-vac system can be used to quickly and thoroughly clean the surfaces and floors in a food truck. You can use the low-pressure spray to apply an environmentally safe cleaner over the interior of the food truck and then use the high-pressure mode to blast all the soil and bacteria to the floor. Then, you can vacuum up the moisture and dirt leaving your surfaces clean and dry.

 

Weekly Tasks


Some food truck cleaning jobs, while important, don't warrant being done every single night. For instance, you should empty and wash your coolers and ice machines on a weekly basis. You should also clean out your freezer, empty and scrub your coffee maker, and clean your ovens on this weekly schedule.

 

Monthly Tasks


It's enough to do some cleaning jobs monthly, as the soil in these areas builds up slowly, and it would be a waste of time and effort to perform these tasks more regularly. You should wash the walls and ceiling on a monthly basis to keep everything looking fresh. You should also pull out the stove and fryers and clean the walls behind them to remove any built-up grease, which can be a fire hazard. It's also important to clean your exhaust hoods once a month in order to keep them free of dust, pollen, and other pollutants, as well as grease deposits. Finally, you should clean inside your light fixtures to remove dust and other debris.

 

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