Anyone can wipe a table over and make it look clean, even if the crumbs have simply been spread across the floor. Even sweeping and vacuuming will give an appearance of cleanliness, even if the corners and edges are missed.
But, if you really want to know if a restaurant is clean then you should look up, the ceiling, tops of pictures, and even the PPE workwear will tell you how much the owners really value cleanliness.
It’s the smaller details that show how clean somewhere really is, that’s what should give you the confidence to eat somewhere.
But Why Is Cleanliness So Important?
If you listen to your parents or grandparents they’ll tell you a little dirt is good for you. IN some ways this is true, the only way your body builds a resistance to bacteria and disease is by being exposed to them.
However, there is a big difference between the bacteria you pick up at home and that which you’ll find at the restaurant.
The first thing to note is that there are many different people using a restaurant, all of them are bringing their own bacteria into the environment and potentially leaving it for you. This means you could pick up a host of new bacteria that your body is not ready to deal with, the greater the number of bacteria the more likely it is that you’ll become ill.
But, potentially more important, is the fact that an unclean restaurant means food debris, this attracts pests such as flies and mosquitoes. These types of pests are known to carry a multitude of different diseases, all of which could make you ill and some of which can even be fatal.
Consider The Food Prep
You also need to spend a few moments considering the food preparation process. IF proper procedures aren’t followed then it’s easy for bacteria to survive in the food, giving you food poisoning or something worse.
If the staff isn’t concerned with maintaining a good level of cleanliness then how can you be sure that they are being hygienic when creating your meal?
In short, the first thing you need to do when you walk into a restaurant is take a look at how clean the venue is. Again, this doesn’t mean that the tables appear clean. Check the ceilings, the edge of the room, above the pictures, and, if possible watch them clearing tables. Staff should spray a little disinfectant spray before wiping the tables over.
Don’t forget that a quick trip to the toilet can also help you to judge how seriously the restaurant takes cleanliness.
From a business point of view, a clean restaurant encourages positive feedback and repeat business. In a world where social media has taken over every element of people’s lives, getting the right feedback is essential.
Customers and restaurant owners should be looking at feedback to see how clean a restaurant is and how satisfied the customers are. It’s the best way of building a successful business!