First appearing in the 17th century, pubs have been the heat of community for hundreds of years. They are a place for people to drink, eat and socialise. With more and more pubs serving food to attract a wider audience increase profit margins, the need for pubs to not only look clean but actually BE clean, is more important than ever. By clean, we mean free from germs, dirt, and bacteria - not just no obvious debris on the floor.
In years gone by, a member of the bar team would quickly throw a mop and bucket around the venue after a long shift, with little or no training in relation to safe and professional cleaning. Even now if you ask an average member of bar staff what colour coding is within cleaning, the chances are they won't know. If you want to know more about what colour coding is and how it prevents cross contamination - click here.
As part of the increase with serving food, more and more pubs are open from around 8am to serve breakfast, and often not closing until around midnight the evening before. This can result in a tight timeframe for the cleaning team to get in, clean, and allow time for the floors to fully dry - all before staff arrive again to open up.
If you recruit your own pub cleaner and decide to directly employ - what processes do you have in place to make sure they turn up every single day? Imagine if your bar staff arrive at 8am to open up for breakfast and discover the cleaner hasn't turned up!
Sticky floors from spilled drinks the night before, dirty toilets and customers will be arriving in 30 minutes to eat - what do you do? With sites such as Tripadvisor making it so easy for every customer to review their experience at your pub - maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness at all times is essential.
If you employee cleaners in-house to clean your pub on a daily basis, you are responsible for training them to safely complete their work, Be honest with yourself - when did you last provide professional training for your cleaners? What training records do you hold, in the event someone was injured today after the cleaner forgot to place a wet floor sign, or left something in an unsafe following their work, such as a spray bottle? If you are embarrassed or concerned by what your answer would be, it is time to seriously consider outsourcing your cleaning.
Even if you have employed your cleaner(s) in house for your pub cleaning for many years, the process to transfer their employment to a good commercial cleaning company is straightforward when the company are experienced in this process. At Green Fox Cleaning we have successfully transferred many employees from in-house to our employment. These employees have benefited from our great employee benefits package which is highly focused on their welfare, and they still feel part of the team where they have worked!
Waiting staff serve drinks and food in a professional way - it's what they are trained to do. Chefs cook and serve food in a professional way - again as it is what they are trained to do.
In the same way, a professional pub cleaning company is good at cleaning. They understand the challenges of the role, and how to deliver the best possible results.
When looking to appoint a pub cleaning company to provide daily cleaning services at your venue, there are many things that you should consider. A company that only clean offices will not necessarily understand the different needs when it comes to pub cleaning. Don't be afraid to ask probing questions, such as these:
At Green Fox Cleaning, we can confidentially answer these questions, and any more you may have:
"We have an advanced GPS tracking system which our employees use to clock in and out for every shift. This is monitored 24/7 by an on-call manager, who is supported by a team of mobile cleaners. They are ready to respond to any failed clock in, to ensure you never miss a clean. We provide daily cleaning services to many pubs and hospitality venues and have done for many years - we can provide excellent references.
These are both nationally recognised brands, and independent venues. Our staff are thoroughly vetted through many stages, to include background checks, with all vetting undertaken by a manager. Our staff are all directly employed by us - we never sub-contract work, nor do we use self-employed cleaners where you have little or no control."
The above list is far from exhaustive, but gives an idea of what to ask any potential pub cleaning company before making a decision.
If you select a good pub cleaning company, the process should be seamless, and the benefits to your venue apparent from day one. Below are a number of benefits of using Green Fox Cleaning for pub cleaning services:
Once again this list is not exhaustive, but gives you an idea of the benefits of using a good commercial cleaning company rather than managing this in-house.
We hope you have found this article on selecting the right pub cleaning company useful. If you would like to learn more about how we can help improve the appearance of your pub with a professional and reliable local commercial cleaning service, click here to contact your local office.