You can easily compare a successful restaurant to a reliable car. Each of them consistently performs well at its peak, they both have to be maintained, and both will last a long time if taken care of correctly. Still, while it takes many factors to make a restaurant successful it only takes one piece of faulty equipment to throw even the most reliable restaurants off kilter. The issue of equipment maintenance tends to loom largely under the surface. Out of all the potential problems that a restaurant can face, this issue can create some major headaches and lost money. That’s why any restaurant should do all it can to preserve its equipment for as long as possible.
Here are our top 5 tips
- Always make sure to constantly clean equipment (either every after use or daily – depending on the equipment). This will prevent food, grime, dust, and rust from building up on machine components thus preventing premature malfunction.
- Use the correct cleaner(s) and cleaning method for each piece of equipment. Always refer to the machine’s operation manual (or cleaning instruction manual, if applicable) for specific instructions. Also, since most restaurant equipment is made out of stainless steel, be sure to use mild detergents, soft cloths, and wash with the grain in order to prevent staining and corrosion.
- Perform regular inspections of your equipment. You can often prevent small problems from becoming bigger ones simply by checking your equipment’s components, connections, and moving parts. Examples include loose electrical connections, worn out valves, minor leaks, etc.
- Treat major malfunctions carefully. First, see if the malfunction can be properly addressed by someone in-house. If not, then it’s usually a good idea to contact a professional handyman or authorized service agent to perform the repair. Failure to properly repair a big issue inevitably leads to more costly problems.
- Use restaurant equipment for its intended use only. Misuse and abuse of equipment will eventually end up in malfunction and shorter life span. You can help to ensure longer use of your equipment by training your employees on proper use and maintenance of equipment.
Hiring the best employees certainly goes a long way towards making a restaurant a hit. Still, employees are only as good as the tools they’re working with. Even a Food Network star chef can’t create masterpiece dishes using broken, unreliable equipment. By keeping to the steps above the life of your restaurant’s equipment will increase. You’re not just improving the state of your equipment, but your employees will do their jobs better which translates into happier customers. And who isn’t happier about a higher bottom line?