As more information about COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, comes to light, the LloydPans innovation team would like to share some reminders about cleaning and disinfecting our pizza pans and surfaces in commercial kitchens that are still providing carry out and delivery services to customers.
General Pan Cleaning and Maintenance
For general pan cleaning, we recommend a mild, sudsy detergent and nothing more abrasive than a nylon-type scrubber or the blue Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge by Scotch-Brite. This is ideal for LloydPans’ proprietary non-stick cookware and pizza pans’ permanent stick-resistant finishes, which are created by combining our in-house anodizing processes with our exclusive water-based release coatings.
Soak pans in warm, sudsy water using a mild dish-washing liquid. Then, with moderate scrubbing, remove as much oily residue as possible. Rinse thoroughly. Make a paste with Barkeepers Friend and scrub with a dishcloth or non-abrasive scrub sponge. Rinse thoroughly. Once cleaned, the pan should be wiped using a cloth or paper towel with a small amount of oil prior to next use.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food service employees should clean surfaces using soap and hot water. High touch surfaces — tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, pizza boxes, etc. — should also be cleaned regularly with hot soapy water where applicable and then followed with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Make sure to protect yourself by wearing disposable gloves and having good ventilation during use of products. Surfaces can also be cleaned with diluted household bleach where applicable. Make sure to check the label to see if it’s expired and intended for appropriate restaurant surface disinfection.
The CDC says to always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water immediately after removing gloves, before and after preparing food, and of course after coughing, blowing one’s nose, sneezing or using the restroom. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is also good for a backup. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Educate Employees About COVID-19
Workers, the CDC notes, should be educated on proper cleaning, laundry and trash pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic — and beyond:
The Food and Drug Administration held a call with food service members to discuss best practices on April 10, with a few key takeaways:
We at LloydPans hope that everyone stays safe during this unprecedented time. Don’t forget to inquire about our discounts for large volume customers. We offer wholesale and distributor pricing for qualified customers.