By Eric Michaels

Movie Theater Cleaning: Is Your Crew Up for the Challenge?

Movie theater cleaning presents a daunting challenge for even your most experienced custodial crew. Between the necessity for cleaning food-prep surfaces, hard surfaces, and both carpets and hard floors in auditoriums, you may find yourself investing in a number of different systems to clean your one facility. But you'd be better off finding a single system that meets all of your needs in one.


Here's a rundown on the various critical areas of a movie theater that require special attention and how to tackle them. Is your crew ready for the challenge?


Entrance and Box Office


The first parts of the theater moviegoers see are the entrances and the box office. This area is often crowded with people, so proper cleaning is essential to making a strong first impression. The ticket windows should be free of smudges and fingerprints. You'll also want to do a periodic sweep of the counters where patrons pay and regularly clean the inside counter of the ticket booth too. A squeegee system will leave the windows streak free, and a microfiber towel will get the job done for counter tops and touch points. Disposable wipes are also effective for spot cleaning on touch points.


Concessions


The concessions at theaters present many of the same challenges that are faced by operators of fast-food establishments. On top of safe food-handling procedures, employee safety is of the highest concern for both the theater owners and management. You need a spray-and-vac that is versatile enough to get into the small floor space behind the counter and clean up spills quickly without leaving the floor wet. Employees should also regularly clean the counters and other touch points with microfiber towels or wipes. Once the theater closes, deep cleanings can address the popcorn machines, soda dispensers, and other key concession equipment.


Auditoriums


The auditoriums themselves often present one of the biggest challenges in movie theater cleaning. The crew has to tackle spills on the hard floor areas (which can create sticky—and slippery—surfaces for customers who may be entering and exiting in the dark), soiled carpets, and popcorn and candy spills all over the floors. They should use a vacuum on the carpets as well as an autovac to clean the hard floors.


Restrooms


Because movies often last for at least a couple hours, with crowds typically converging on the high-traffic restrooms before and after shows, maintaining clean facilities is a must. There's no substitute for deep cleaning the restrooms several times a day, so you may need to close them to visitors while your team returns them to safe, healthy conditions. Try timing these cleanings during movie show times when traffic is minimal. A no-touch spray-and-vac system (as opposed to traditional mops and rags) works best and avoids cross-contamination of other areas of the theater.


Effective movie theater cleaning is only possible with a system that is both portable and advanced. Versatility in a cleaning system is crucial, and you can save money and time by getting more capabilities out of a single solution.


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