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Commercial kitchens have to be spotless. A dirty kitchen is a breeding ground for germs, leading to food-borne illness and health department violations. If the health inspector finds enough negligence it can even result in the closure of your business.
Commercial kitchens need a thorough daily cleaning. But they also need a deep cleaning several times a year. A professional commercial kitchen cleaning service can provide one or both for your restaurant, school, hotel or hospital kitchen.
Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Service Average Costs
Commercial kitchen cleaning rates are determined by many factors, including:
- The size of your kitchen
- How clean (or dirty) it is
- The amount of time since the last professional cleaning
- Which appliances, areas and equipment you choose to have cleaned
Because the price is dependent on so many factors, few commercial kitchen cleaning services will quote you a price without doing a walk-through of your kitchen. The walk-through is a free service designed to provide you with a detailed proposal for cleaning services.
Generally, commercial kitchen cleaning services charge by the hour:
- Rates usually range from $50 to $150 per hour, depending on the number of crew members. A two-person cleaning crew costs an average of $50 per hour, but it will take several hours to get the job done. A five-person crew could run $150 per hour, but the work will be done much faster.
- Looked at another way, standard kitchen cleaning rates are usually $20 to $35 per crew member, per hour.
If this is your first professional cleaning, plan to spend a little extra if it’s particularly dirty. A thorough cleaning will take more time than regularly scheduled maintenance cleaning.
Some services come with an additional fee. These include heavy-duty cleaning tasks like hood degreasing or grease trap cleaning. Rates, also, tend to be higher for health department-mandated cleanings. Be sure to ask for a complete list of services that will provided along with your quote.
Choosing a Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Service
When getting bids, use the walk-through as an opportunity to get a feel for how the company operates. Did the company’s representative ask you detailed questions about the type of cleaning services you’re requesting? Was the cleaning process explained in detail? If you don’t leave the initial meeting with a good impression, look elsewhere.
After the initial walk through, ask for a detailed proposal of all the processes and materials that will be used to clean your kitchen. Be sure to ask for it in writing.
Some companies will ask you to sign a contract for recurring services, and sometimes discounts are available for customers who sign long-term contracts. But be sure to find out if the contract has a 30 to 60 day cancellation policy that allows you to opt out if you’re not satisfied with the results.