What’s for dinner? Germs and restaurants


Would you like a side of germs with your order?

Kaivac Cleaning Systems™ shared results of a multi-year study showing how germy restaurants can be, and in places you may not expect.

Condiment containers – salt, pepper, hot sauce, and ketchup containers for example, don’t get wiped very often, if at all. Imagine all the people handling these containers, which is why it’s on top of the list.

Salad Bar – Looks can be deceiving. Although the sneeze guard on your salad bar may make you feel like you’re eating fresh, you may not be. Tongs to pick up your fresh veggies may not be cleaned that often (especially if several shifts of people go through them).

Lemon wedges – We’ve mentioned it before but it’s worth repeating, while they look fresh in a glass full of water, there are often contaminated with fecal matter. Why? It’s common that they’re being touched by unwashed hands, leading to contamination.

Ice – According to studies 70 percent of ice contained bacteria (actually more than in toilet water, how gross!). One of the main reasons for this is because ice machines are rarely cleaned.

Kitchen Telephone – During a busy day with lots of phone calls for take-out orders or reservations, many people touch the telephones (but don’t clean them), creating  a breeding ground for bacteria.

Doorknobs and floors – Although focusing on toilets and sinks is important, how often are the doorknobs properly cleaned? The same goes for floors, with dirt and other particles carried into and throughout the facility.

Don’t let this stop you from visiting your local diner or favorite restaurant. Although germs are everywhere, you shouldn’t panic. Instead, remember to wash your hands often. It’s one of the best ways to stop germ spread.

If you are an owner of a restaurant and are a little more than disturbed by these findings, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Make sure to talk with your cleaning services on what they’re doing to battle grime and germs. Studies have shown that 79% of people will avoid a restaurant if the bathroom was dirty.

Bon appetit!

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