Cleaning Tips & Common Questions

EPA ban on Phosphate-based Chemicals


written by Wendy Koch- USA Today

Starting Thursday, 16 states will ban the sale of dishwasher detergents that contain high levels of phosphates, a source of pollution in lakes and streams. Stores will not be allowed to sell detergent with more than 0.5 percent phosphorous. The bans do not apply to commercial dishwashing products, and detergents for hand-washing dishes generally contain no phosphorus.

States instituting the rule include Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, reports the Associated Press.

Some areas such as Spokane County, Wash., have had such bans in place for years.

“Phosphorous is like a fertilizer. It increases algae and aquatic weed growth in water bodies,” Bernie Duffy, natural resource specialist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, told the AP. He said too much algae depletes oxygen needed for healthy fish and aquatic life.

Sewage treatment plants and private septic systems can remove much but not all of the phosphorous from wastewater, so some of it ends up in lakes, streams and rivers.

Cleanse Tec has launched a Bio-D product line that is a phosphate-free and environmentally safe.  Eco-friendly brands have gained in popularity due to these new guidelines.

Contact a Cleanse Tec representative for product and ordering information: (718)346-9111 or call toll free 1-800-MIX-SOAP.

Solid Gold: Solid Pot & Pan Dish Detergent

Solid Gold, solid citrus pot and pan cleaner

Solid Gold is an amazing all natural citrus solvent degreaser/ cleaner which is designed for a multitude of industrial and institutional cleaning, degreasing and deodorizing applications. Give your dishes a powerful clean with Solid Gold solid pot & pan detergent! Solid Gold detergent comes in an 10 pound jar, so you get a long-lasting quantity cleaning product for your business. Solid Gold is powered with a concentrated formula to help reduce wasted product without compromising potency. Solid Gold is safe, economical, and convenient for all soil loads and water conditions.

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The Power of Citrus

Orange AllCitrus juice from fruits like lemons, orange and grapefruit can be an amazing cleaning agent on their own and need limited, and usually only natural, additional ingredients to be highly effective on even the toughest of stains and messes. High in citric acid, orange juice is one of the best natural cleaners due to its low pH and antibacterial properties. 
Citrus cleaners can be good to use for garbage disposals, cutting boards, grills and grates, stuck on grease, and even windows and toilets.  Try even putting a little lemon juice in dish in your fridge changed weekly can keep your fridge smelling and feeling fresh.  
Research has shown that  most people prefer the fresh summery smell of oranges over any other citrus scent.  By using orange scented natural cleaners in your restaurant or establishment you are making sure you place is super clean and  your customers will know this as well, as they come in and enjoy the fresh smell and see the sparkling space.  
Cleanse Tec’s Orange All cuts through grease, unclogs drains, and deodorizes a wide variety of materials, making it great for nearly any cleaning situation. It contains no petroleum distillates, meaning it is both versatile and biodegradable. Plus, it leaves behind a refreshing orange smell which is great when cleaning grease traps, lavatory fixtures, dirty carpet, worn fabrics and other malodorous surfaces. This cleaner will get your establishment looking and smelling better than new! 

Are Your Restaurant Tables Clean?

TTS Table Top Sanitizerwritten by Jerry Bauer

Cleanliness is something that customers should never have to compromise with. A neat and clean restaurant assures the customers that they are dining in a safe environment. An unhygienic environment is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. If the tables, kitchen, and  restroom areas are dirty, your customers will not be pleased, even if the food is great.

Dirty table tops are also one of the most disgusting sites and pet peeve of mine. I’m going to describe an incident which I experienced while on a recent trip back to my hometown. I went to a local pancake place, the table tops there appeared clean at a glance however were in a dirty condition. Sticky syrup solution was spilled on the table and along its sides. I placed my hands on it unknowingly and it was gross. After that I didn’t feel like sitting at that table, I didn’t want to have pancakes even though I knew that they were going to taste great. I called the waitress and reviewed the problem with her. She apologized for the inconvenience caused and yelled at the buss person to come over with a rag and clean it up. The subsequent problem was that he came back with a little red bucket which symbolized a sanitizer with a rag in it, however the bucket just contained bleach water and a dirty rag. He then used it to wipe the table off and offered it to me to wipe my hands off as well. Seriously the last thing I want is to is smell bleach in the morning, before having my first cup of coffee.

A better way to do this, is to use a Quat based solution which normally has no smell or at least a little  fragrance. For example Cleanse Tec’s TTS.

Steps to Remember

  • After the customer leaves, clean all dishes and silverware off into a buss pan.
  • Then wipe off all foods soils, spills and crumbs onto a rag, remove the dishes and carry them directly to the kitchen’s dish machine area or waitress station.
  • Never wipe the food soil onto the floor. I have recently observed this bad practice at a chain restaurant.
  • Next pick up a spray bottle of table top sanitizer, use a clean rag and spray bottle to clean the complete table including the sides.
  • The final step is to leave the table to get dried in the air. Although this step seems trivial, it is the most important step of sanitizing.

Cross contamination is also reduced if the surface is air dried instead of towel dried. Never let a customer sit at a wet table. After the table is cleaned and dried, it should be sanitized. The sanitizer should stay in contact with the surface for a specific amount of time, only then it can work properly. Some restaurants like the Diners, located here on Long Island use paper place mats on the table which sometimes help in the process of cleaning and reassuring that the tables are clean under your plate. There is too much competition out there for restaurants not to take this serious. There is no reason to settle down for anything else when dining out. If you need further assistance from me or my company, please reach out to us.

Legionnaires Disease Outbreak Info

NYC Health Department Investigating Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in the South Bronx

bacteriaBreaking News! A Commissioner’s Order has been put into effect. All building owners with cooling towers must follow the orders. Click here for more information.

The Health Department is currently investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx. The Health Department is actively investigating and is testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources in the area to determine the source of the outbreak. New Yorkers with respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills and muscle aches, are advised to promptly seek medical attention.

“We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases in the South Bronx,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. “We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases. I urge anyone with symptoms to seek medical attention right away.”

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the bacteria Legionella. Additional symptoms include: headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. Most cases of Legionnaires’ disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, cooling towers, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.

Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person. Groups at high risk for Legionnaire’s disease include people who are middle-aged or older – especially cigarette smokers – people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs). Those with symptoms should call their doctor and ask about testing for Legionnaire’s disease. More details about Legionnaires’ Disease can be found at the NYC Department of Health website.

Rinse Quat Kills Bacteria!

rinse quatRinse Quat is a quaternary disinfectant sanitizer for restaurants, bars, schools, instituational kitchens, food handling, and process areas. You can use this unique formula in a spray bottle and apply sanitizer solution to maintain a clean environment.

EPA Reg# 10324-63-72337

More info about Rinse Quat

To place an order call @ 718-346-9111


Cleanse Tec Free Installation

Cleanse Tec offers free installation and service for our product dispensers, warewashing and laundry machines. That’s right! We will design a fully functional cleaning system custom tailored to your business. (Please note that all installations must comply with local codes, or in the absence of local codes, with the National Electric Code.) In addition, we offer 24 hour emergency service. Just in case of any unexpected malfunctions with your warewashing and laundry systems. All delivered to your business with no hidden costs or fees. But don’t take our word for it. Check out the video below to see the Cleanse Tec team in action.

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Grease Feast: The Most Powerful Grease Cutter in the World

Grease Feast is a super duty grease cutter that is engineered to cut through the heaviest grease build up.

Specializing in cleaning ovens, floors, and a whole lot more. Grease Feast can clean an oven like no other product on the market. You have to see it to believe it. Click on the play button below to view a video demonstration…

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Call Roxanne to place an order @ 718-346-9111