From dealing with spills to wiping up condensation, keeping your commercial kitchen clean can be a demanding job. Much like the right equipment can help you prepare and serve food more efficiently, the right tools can help you keep your kitchen clean and sanitary with ease.
Non-woven cloths are designed for easier, more effective cleaning to help you keep your kitchen or other workplaces hygienic, safe and compliant with HACCP regulations.
Available in a range of colours to match the needs of commercial kitchens, non-woven cloths can help your team save time, increase cleanliness and reduce waste, all while making it easier for your business to comply with the HACCP hygiene code.
Below, we’ve explained the key benefits of non-woven cloths, as well as the main advantages of using colour-coded cloths to clean and manage different areas of your kitchen.
What Exactly Are Non-Woven Cloths?
As their name suggests, non-woven cloths are manufactured without any woven fabric, giving them a different look and feel to conventional, woven kitchen cloths.
Compared to conventional cloths, non-woven cloths are quick to absorb spillages and are also ideal for cleaning up dirt, dust and other small particles that can stick to countertops, tables and floors.
Because non-woven cloths don’t have a thick, woven structure that dirt and other particles can cling to, they’re also easy to rinse. Most non-woven cloth can be cleaned quickly in between uses to save time and increase efficiency in your kitchen.
The open, non-woven structure also inhibits the growth of micro-organisms, making non-woven cloths a more hygienic option than conventional kitchen cleaning supplies such as sponges.
Non-woven cloths are extremely durable. Most non-woven cloths can be machined washed, allowing your team to reuse cloths several times before replacing them, saving both time and money.
Why Implement a Colour Coded-System?
Colour-coding might not seem like a big deal, but it can have huge advantages when it comes to keeping your kitchen clean, hygienic and safe.
Cross contamination is one of the biggest potential hygiene threats for commercial kitchens. If a cloth that’s been used to clean a floor, dirty sink or washroom surface comes into contact with a surface used for food preparation, there’s a serious risk of bacteria transferring from one surface to the other.
As you’d expect, this creates a major risk for people that consume food prepared on the affected surface.
Beyond commercial kitchens, cross-contamination is also a huge risk in hospitals, health clinics and other healthcare sites that require thorough hygiene standards.
Colour-coded cloths come in four colours to make segregating cleaning equipment easier:
- Blue cloths, which are designed for general low-risk areas (excluding food areas)
- Red cloths, which are designed for sanitary fittings and washroom floors
- Green cloths, which are designed for general food and bar use
- Yellow cloths, which are designed for sinks and washroom surfaces
Not only do these colours make it easier to prevent cross contamination — they’re also designed to help your business or organisation comply with the HACCP hygiene principles.
How to Use Non-Woven Cloths Effectively
Using non-woven colour-coded cloths to your advantage is simple. Below, we’ve listed several tips to help you effectively implement non-woven cloths into your cleaning process:
- Make sure you implement the colour-coded cleaning advisory system to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and comply with the HACCP hygiene code.
- Fold the non-woven cloth flat to make sure it has the best possible contact with the surface you’re cleaning.
- After you’ve used one side of a cloth, re-fold and use the clean side to wipe the next surface.
- Apply a light amount of hand pressure to the cloth as you wipe to pick up more dirt and leave the surface clean and free of unwanted material.
- To create a hygienic surface, only use cloths once on surfaces that could be directly or indirectly used in food preparation.
- Avoid contamination by making sure you don’t touch, lean on or come into contact with cleaned surfaces.
Disclaimer: The information provided through Greenham Pulse is for general guidance only and is not legal advice. Greenham Pulse is not a substitute for Health and Safety consultancy. You should seek independent advice about any legal matter.