Green janitorial services are perfect for the high maintenance cleaning needs of bowling alley’s and their connected amenities.
Janitorial Services for Bowling Alley’s and Bars
Aside from the specialty services required to clean and maintain lanes and equipment, bowling alley’s face several cleaning challenges that require special attention and industry experience.
In addition to the standard cleaning services expected in restrooms, general office areas, entrances or lobbies, as well as the external facade, sidewalks, and parking lots, bowling alleys and attached bars offer integrated amenities that can function as magnets for germs.
Depending on the age of the establishment, seasonal weather, and customer volume, each of these areas will require professional cleaning services at least once per week, if not daily.
Arcade & Gaming Areas
Bowling alleys often accommodate the needs of younger visitors that don’t wish to bowl, typically manifesting as a video arcade, many times with a billiards table or other traditional gaming apparatus.
Usually, food and drinks are not allowed in these areas, but sticky hands and bacteria will abound.
NSF International recently listed the average ‘cleanliness’ of arcades alongside bathrooms in theaters, the floor in a grocery store, and a school gym mat.
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Obviously, patrons would prefer their children not play with video games that are as filthy as a public restroom.
A simple green cleaning routine should consist of:
- Vacuum or mop the floors daily.
- Use triclosan-coated microfiber cloths to clean up any spills or accidents immediately.
- Wipe down all high-contact surfaces, including arcade games, with an EPA and Green Seal certified disinfectant daily.
- Clean billiard equipment and table rails regularly with the same green disinfectant.
Restaurants & Bars
Older bowling alleys still have lounge/deli style restaurants where basic food services are provided.
Bars, even those that only serve from the well or provide bottle services, are also exposed to a high-level of bacteria.
Both of these areas are subject to routine inspections by the Health Department, and failure to comply with cleanliness regulations can result in your entire establishment being shut down.
A common area in both bars and restaurants that many businesses neglect and one few people consider as dangerous, is the ice dispensing machine.
According to a 2011 study conducted by the University of Nevada Las Vegas;
[sic]…33.3 percent of the ice samples exceeded the EPA limits set for heterotrophic bacteria concentration for drinking water and 72.2 percent were positive for presumptive coliform bacteria presence.
To avoid these types of problems, implement a daily cleaning schedule that consists of:
- Wiping down the bar and tables regularly with a microfiber towel.
- Keep the floor clutter free, and clean with a microfiber mop or HEPA filtered vacuum as needed, and at the end of the day.
- Ensure all food prep areas are wiped down after each meal, or four times daily, with a green certified disinfectant. This will ensure there is no possibility of toxic chemical transfer to food.
- Clean all alcohol dispensing equipment daily with soap and water.
- Scrub the floor in the kitchen and behind the bar at closing to avoid the buildup of bacteria, as well as mildew which could turn the floor into a slipping hazard.
Green Cleaning Tips
- Follow standard green cleaning best practices for general office areas and restrooms.
- Eliminate the use of toxic cleaning chemicals in favor of EPA and Green Seal certified products.
- Use microfiber towels and mops to significantly reduce water waste and avoid cross-contamination between rooms and surfaces.
- Sweep all sidewalks and walkways at the start and end of each day.
- Use entry and walkway mats to capture soil before it enters your establishment and potentially damages your custom bowling lane floors.
- Clean the facade and windows regularly to maintain curb appeal and avoid turning away prospective customers.
- Where natural ventilation is not possible, use unscented air fresheners in restrooms and other areas to prevent the formation of formaldehyde in the air.
Where the lanes and equipment are the core business focus of a bowling alley establishment, amenities, and common areas must be professionally maintained, particularly when food and drinks are being served.
Arcade and gaming areas are a hotbed of germs and bacteria that can be transferred to other parts of the facility, leading to sick patrons and employees, and potentially costing the business money in lost clientele and absent staff.
Outsourcing your bowling alleys janitorial services to a certified green provider will allow you to cost-effectively maintain an environmentally friendly establishment that is safe for guests and employees.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of outsourced janitorial services for your bowling alley or bar, contact us today for a free quote!
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