How to Control Odors in a Restaurant
Do you have to hold your breath anytime you go inside your restaurant kitchen? Bad cooking smells develop in a kitchen rapidly due to the large presence of bacteria consuming food that’s exposed. It’s even worse if there’s also humidity problems because it brings about poor circulation. Unwanted kitchen odors also demotivate staff because one can barely concentrate on their tasks while battling nausea.
Today, we’ll look at some of the common odors found in restaurant kitchens.
1. How do you get rid of grease smell in a large kitchen
1. Use white vinegar to absorb strong odors
How does this ingredient absorb smells? First, let’s look at its main chemical property. White vinegar is acidic in nature. Grease smells are usually mild bases and that’s why you can count on a bowl of vinegar to neutralize them.
Get a dry bowl then add white vinegar halfway. Look for an open spot at the center of your kitchen to place the bowl. How long does it take? Approximately 6-8 hours but you have to keep your windows shut.
2. Scrub affected areas with vinegar and water
When you have unnoticed slimy grease deposits on the stove and nearby walls, the smell gets worse every day. This happens because airborne bacteria decompose the greasy spots that require cleaning. When left unattended, it becomes breeding grounds to worse strains of bacteria that are harmful to humans.
How can you prevent this from happening? Set time aside to thoroughly scrub your stove, nearby walls, and fabrics that have grease. Combine water and vinegar in a 1:2 ratio i.e. one cup of water for every two cups of vinegar.
3. Increase the amount of air flowing into your kitchen
Despite following the first two steps, you might detect a lingering odor. Should you repeat the steps? Not really because cleaning affected utensils and walls only gets rid of the source of the foul odor. Bad smells can linger around where there’s poor ventilation. For instance, failing to open the windows every day.
How does one increase the amount of fresh air flowing into their kitchen? Open your windows early in the morning. The fresh air that flows in dilutes any lingering smell. You can also get big ceiling fans that enhance air floor in enclosed spaces.
4. Do a thorough clean up
Are you wondering what to do because you’ve already scrubbed your utensils clean? Well. grease odor molecules attach themselves on clothes and walls. That’s why you might still detect a grease smell a couple of days after your clean up.
You’ll need plenty of water and bleach to clean your walls. Mopping the floor enables you to neutralize the unwanted smell because the soap in your bucket of water overpowers the grease smell. Remember to clean your aprons because they highly absorb grease odor molecules.
5. Bake pastries
If you’re looking for a quick effective way to mask the smell, you can bake some cookies or muffins. This option overpowers the grease smell for about 2-3 hours. Doing this enables you to host customers while working out a more permanent solution like organizing a top-to-bottom kitchen cleanup.
Focus on pastries that require you to use flavors. The aroma from wheat combined with the flavors is so strong that it attaches itself to nearby items. Doing this displaces the reeking odor molecules coming from grease deposits.
2. How to remove burnt food smell in your kitchen
1. Get an Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Burnt food smell can last up to three days to disappear completely. However, you still need to keep your restaurant going by serving fresh meals every day. Essential oils are suitable for this task because you can mask the unwanted smell all day.
You just need one unit for your kitchen. Make sure you close the doors and windows before switching it on. This device uses steam to dispense scented vaporized oil, making it safe on nearby food.
2. Do a thorough cleaning
Burning food produces smoke that spreads all over the place. Most of it gets absorbed in the walls and fabrics such as aprons and oven mitts. It’s wrong to assume that one can get rid of the smell by hanging out affected clothes in the sun. Cleaning, on the other hand, breaks down smoke molecules responsible for lingering smells.
Scrub your cooking pots with warm lemon water to remove the smoke orders. You’ll also have an easier time getting rid of the black spots attached below your pots. You might need to clean them twice depending on the extent of burnt food.
3. Leave your windows open
Lingering smells disappear faster when the windows remain open all day long. After running your aromatherapy oil diffuser, open your windows so that any lingering smells that are still detectable can flow outside.
4. Scrub the air filters
The air filters inside restaurant kitchens absorb plenty of odors. Burnt food smells also linger for long because smoke molecules get attached to particles trapped in the mesh. That’s why you may experience the same smell three or four days after thoroughly scrubbing your walls and stove.
Start by making a soapy solution using water and dishwasher liquid. Get a stiff brush and scrub your filter clean then leave it out to dry.
3. How do I get rid of fishy smell in my kitchen
1. Wash with cold water first followed by warm soapy water
How do you deal with reeking cooking pots that contain disgusting fish smells? First, scrub them using cold water. Doing this helps you to get rid of any stale chunks or soup that usually attract houseflies. It’s also effective if the fried fish just started decomposing and the smell is somewhat mild.
What’s the best way to tackling persistent fish odors? Get some warm water then use it together with soap to clean your cooking pots. The high temperature kills active odor molecules instantly and this makes it effective for removing fish odors.
2. Use sterilizing solution for baby bottles on your utensils
If you have a lot of cooking pots with stale fish, you can avoid using warm water by using sterilizing solution for baby bottles. You save time and gas because this solution doesn’t require any preparation. Plus, a bottle is really affordable compared to the amount of gas required to heat up cleaning water for one pot.
If you placed bad fish on your counter, use this solution to get rid of odors. Using dirty countertops contaminates the tastes of other meals. For instance, you go to a restaurant and order chicken wings. However, since the chef didn’t clean the counter properly, your chicken has a lingering fish taste.
3. Get rid of the odor
By now, you understand how white vinegar’s air purification qualities work. Before you jump right into scrubbing dirty pots, you can fill up a bowl with white vinegar to save time. You’ll notice a significant drop in the odor after a couple of hours.
If you really need to use your kitchen, you’ll get faster results with an aromatherapy oil diffuser. Just activate the highest setting and place it near the source of the bad smell. Use strong flavors like citrus or lemon.
4. Brew coffee or bake pastries
While scrubbing your utensils, you can neutralize fishy smells by brewing a full pot of coffee. Doing this provides enough temporary relief to enable you to do a cleanup without experiencing nausea. The coffee aroma also displaces lingering smells in your clothes and around the stove.
Baking enables you to enjoy better air for a longer period compared to brewing a coffee pot. Fortunately, you can do both at the same time.
4. Get a commercial air purifier
A commercial air purifier enables you to disinfect and deodorize breathing air inside confined spaces measuring greater than 1,000 square feet. They use ozone generators to trap and decompose airborne microorganisms. When ozone ions encounter odor molecules, they engulf the smell and break it down into hydrogen molecules.
What are the advantages of owning one?
1. Easier to use than DIY solutions
When we look at the solutions suggested for getting rid of burnt food and grease odors, they all involve vinegar. You’ll always need to have clean utensils around in order to fight odors using a bowl of baking soda or white vinegar.
Once you install your air purifier, you can operate it remotely by setting a weekly schedule. Some even come with smartphone apps that enable you to switch settings via WIFI. Setting a weekly schedule only takes five minutes, but you need a similar amount of time each day for preparing your bowl of vinegar.
2. Covers large spaces
Truth is, your bowl of vinegar is only effective in spaces less than 100 square feet. Why is the effectiveness low? Because there’s no mechanism for drawing in air. This method mainly depends on the natural airflow in your kitchen and that’s why smells tend to linger for a couple of days.
Commercial air purifiers contain large fans that draw in huge volumes of air within a short time. You don’t have to open your kitchen doors or windows to boost air supply to your unit. Owning a commercial air purifier can enable you to effectively manage the growth and spread of airborne microorganisms.
3. Traps bacteria responsible for causing bad odors
One limitation about using bowls of vinegar to address kitchen odors is that they really don’t address the source behind rapid decomposition. If you had to clean out your kitchen due to rotten food, then the same bacteria responsible for bad odors are still airborne in your kitchen.
Owning a commercial air purifier allows you to trap such bacteria using medical-grade HEPA filters. Doing this helps you to avoid dealing with a recurring issue because your kitchen becomes safer for storing food over extended periods.
4. Runs consistently unlike DIY solutions
A bowl of baking soda or vinegar loses efficiency at an hourly rate. The white vinegar works well for the first three hours but loses acidity after neutralizing base odors. Baking soda also loses its alkaline properties when humidity in the air reacts with it and produces carbon dioxide.
What makes commercial air purifiers better than DIYs? The medical-grade HEPA filters will serve you for either 6 to 12 months. You’ll only notice a drop in air quality when it’s time to buy a new set of replacements.
5. Say goodbye to air fresheners
Due to the limited efficiency of DIY solutions, one may resort to spending a lot of money purchasing different air fresheners to fight lingering odors. However, we’ve seen that one reason why bad odors recur is due to a high presence of airborne bacteria. So, how does one get rid of these microorganisms invading your restaurant kitchen?
By getting a good commercial air purifier unit. The powerful fan that draws in air from all directions enables you to trap bacteria hiding under tables or corners near furniture. Dealing with the source of bad odors eliminates the recurring need for air fresheners in your kitchen.
Say goodbye to bad odors today!
Your chances of running into recurring bad odors in your kitchen depend on the approach you deploy. DIY solutions such as baking pastries or brewing a pot of coffee will provide temporary relief but they do nothing towards eliminating bacteria that gives off foul smells when feasting on grease smears in your kitchen.