Cleaning should be a top priority for any pub anyway, let alone during COVID-19. As pubs, restaurants and bars begin to reopen, with indoor gatherings of up to 6 allowed from May 17th, are you prepared to safely welcome customers back?

We’ve put together a helpful checklist for you to refer to, covering all of your pub cleaning needs and helping you to prepare for customers returning throughout the coming weeks!

  1. Collect empty glasses, plates etc.
  2. Wipe down surfaces
  3. Refill hand sanitiser
  4. Clean bathrooms
  5. Sweep floor
  6. Dishwasher
  7. Wipe down bar
  8. Empty bins
  9. Mop
pub cleaning checklist

Not only is pub cleaning essential for the current times, but also for the future, throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. These simple cleaning practices will ensure that your pub always creates a great first impression whilst keeping guests safe and happy. They are important to keep in mind throughout the pandemic, even as lockdown measures begin to ease to ensure rates remain low and that we can continue to return to some sense of normality.

Before the cleaning even begins, you need to ensure that you are well-prepared. Firstly, make sure you’ve got hand sanitiser readily available throughout the premises for guests to use as they wish. You should also make sure that you have the correct cleaning supplies ready for staff to use throughout the working day, including a good antibacterial cleaner and products such as cloths, dusters, brooms, and mops. 

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Daily Pub Cleaning (During Shift)

1. Collect empty glasses, plates etc.

Make sure to collect any empty glasses and plates from tables quickly and safely. We would recommend sanitising your hands before and after as well to ensure maximum safety.

2. Wipe down surfaces

During your shift, you need to ensure that surfaces are being regularly wiped down with antibacterial cleaner. This means sanitising and wiping down tables between customers and regularly cleaning surfaces throughout the premises, especially in places like bathrooms. Whilst most guests will remain seated throughout their visit, when they venture to the toilet they might touch more areas than anticipated. Therefore, it is a good idea to be well prepared and wipe down all surfaces regularly.

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3. Refill hand sanitisers

Guests are responsible for their own cleanliness, but while they are in your premises you also have a duty of care. Keep hand sanitiser stations well filled throughout the day, so customers can always access them whenever they need. It is a good idea to place hand sanitiser on any entry and exit points, as well as some near the toilets and dotted around the premises.

3. Clean bathrooms

Bathrooms are going to be the most regularly used shared space in your pub during the relaxation of restrictions over the next few months. Therefore it is really important to keep any surfaces such as sinks and door handles thoroughly clean throughout the working day. It is also important to have hand sanitiser available alongside soap dispensers to allow maximum access to hygiene.

Daily Pub Cleaning (Close)

At closing time, you know the drill: it’s time to clean everything from top to toe. Alongside repeating the steps mentioned above, it is time to undertake some more thorough cleaning.

5. Sweep floor

Sweep up any dry spillages, ensuring the floor is free from any dirt and debris prior to mopping.

6. Dishwasher

After washing the dishes and glasses from the day, you need to clean out the dishwasher to ensure it continues to work at its best. If not, the dishwasher will become clogged and dirty, meaning it won’t properly wash crockery and glasses. This creates not only a hygiene issue but also a health one, especially in the transmission of viruses.

7. Wipe down bar

Along with wiping down all other surfaces in the pub, you should thoroughly wipe down the bar. You’ll need to do this throughout the day, but leave the really thorough clean until the very end of the shift to ensure all germs are eradicated.

8. Empty bins

Make sure all bins are emptied at the end of shift to avoid unpleasant smells and flies.

9. Mop

Ensure all the floors are thoroughly mopped after being swept. This will help to keep your pub not only looking clean, shiny and welcoming, but also physically being clean, shiny, and welcoming!

However, we understand that by the end of shift it’s usually late and you’ve spent the whole day looking after customers and cleaning. Whilst these daily tactics will really help towards keeping your pub as safe and clean as possible, you should consider hiring professional cleaners as well. These cleaners will thoroughly clean the premises every evening after shift using their specialist tools to ensure everything is truly cleaned to the best it can be. This gives you the peace of mind that not only are your customers and staff safe, but also that your business is safe from the threat of COVID-19. We would recommend having professional cleaners clean the premises thoroughly every evening after a working day, to ensure your pub is ready and raring to keep customers safe and happy during the next day.

Professional commercial cleaners have specialist tools such as electrostatic cleaning spray, which is a form of touchless disinfecting, used after initial cleaning techniques such as dusting and antibacterial surface cleaner. This technology is incredibly effective, the electrostatic properties of the product causing the particles of the disinfectant to spread out, evenly coating all surfaces and getting into all those hard to reach spaces. These sprays are great in fighting COVID-19, killing 99.9% of all bacteria quickly and effectively. 

Many of our clients use electrostatic sprays every night after a working day, to ensure their premises are clean for the next working day. You can find out more about how our electrostatic cleaners work here. Alternatively, if you’re interested in having professional cleaners attend your pub, bar, or restaurant to help keep it as clean as possible, get in touch or find out more here.

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