Preventive Maintenance in the kitchen is a great way to protect your bottom line!
In the restaurant business, you frequently have to be a creative problem solver. Having more experience often gives you a slight advantage when it comes to dealing with the numerous issues that come up each day, but surprises are still quite inevitable. The good news is that when it comes to equipment downtime, most issues are predictable, if not preventable!
Since 1969, our team at Don’s Supply has been Arkansas’ leading provider of restaurant food service equipment and supplies, and we’re always a phone call or mouse click away when you need to place an order. We carry equipment from the world’s top manufacturers, and we service most of the equipment that we sell. If you ever have any specific service questions, we’re always happy to help, and we also offer a few basic recommendations that you can follow right away:
Use all equipment properly-Many breakdowns start with equipment being used in a manner inconsistent with the manufacturers’ recommendations. If your business has recently grown, your old equipment might not be sufficient anymore, and if you wait too long to replace it, it’s liable to break down at the worst possible time. Upgrading equipment will eventually save you money, and you can always keep the old equipment as a backup.
Develop a thorough cleaning schedule-You should clean your kitchen at least once each shift, and more often on a busy night. You should also develop a deep cleaning schedule for each week. That means pulling all machines out from the walls and cleaning behind them and underneath them, and cleaning all appliances until they look like the day that they were delivered. There’s no such thing as “too clean” in the restaurant business.
Perform routine maintenance-Most kitchen equipment can be serviced by the end user, but be sure that you don’t void your warranty by performing unauthorized repairs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the user’s manual for every appliance in your kitchen, and if you’re ever in doubt about whether or not you can perform a repair on your own, call us first!
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a service appointment, contact us online, or at (501) 568-1872.