Avoid Fines! When Is Your Snow Removal Deadline?

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The east coast is expecting a major snow event throughout the week — which means you’ll need to be ready to shovel your sidewalks. Business owners are responsible for clearing snow off their sidewalks to prevent injuries and lawsuits. Some communities even fine residents over snowy sidewalks. Homeowners who don’t clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours of a snowstorm face $25 fines. The fine is $150+ for businesses that don’t clear snow within eight daylight hours, according to a new law. Also remember that your neighbors who are senior citizens or who have disabilities may need help before, during and after the storm. Calcium Chloride is your solution…
  • Melts snow and ice 2X more than rock salt
  • Melts 3X more ice than urea
  • Melts 7X more ice than potassium chloride

New Law @ NYC Requires Letter Grades For Food Carts

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article written by Erin Durkin @ The Daily News

“Street food vendors would have to display letter grades rating their health inspections under a bill set to be introduced in the City Council Wednesday. The legislation would mandate letter grades at food carts and trucks just like the ones already displayed at city restaurants. “You go to a food cart, and you don’t know if it’s in sanitary condition,” said Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Queens), who is sponsoring the measure. “It’s good for the restaurants, and I think it would be good for the food carts.” The city has given letter grades of A, B, or C to restaurants after their Health Department inspections since 2010. The vast majority of restaurants now earn A’s.”

Food operators in New York City must adhere to a strict set of guidelines to legally serve food to the public. Cleanliness is crucial to getting an A grade from health inspectors. Cleanse Tec specializes in assisting businesses make the grade with several sanitary solutions. Contact Cleanse Tec for a free consultation on the health inspection process: 718-346-9111

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Grease Feast: Super Duty Degreaser
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Sani Clean: Cutting Block Whitener
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TTS: Table Top Sanitizer

The Best Way To Avoid Shoveling Fines

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According to the New York City Administrative Code, every owner, property manager, tenant or other individual in charge of a property must clean snow and ice from the sidewalks in front, on the side of and in back of their areas within a certain time frame. Those who don’t comply with the law can be fined $100 to $350 for subsequent offenses. In addition, business owners are legally liable for any injuries that pedestrians suffer on the un-shoveled sidewalks for which they’re responsible. This kind of incident can be easily avoided with Calcium Chloride.
  • Melts snow and ice 2X more than rock salt
  • Melts 3X more ice than urea
  • Melts 7X more ice than potassium chloride

FDA Investigates Listeria Outbreak Linked to Frozen Vegetables

gty_frozen_vegetables_kb_131025_16x9_608*The CDC reports that eight people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from three states (California, Maryland and Washington). Retailers and restaurants should not serve any of the recalled products and should dispose of them. If they do not know the source of their frozen vegetable products, they should check with the supplier.

Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators who have processed and packaged any potentially contaminated products need to be concerned about cross contamination of cutting surfaces and utensils through contact with the potentially contaminated products.
Regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of cutting boards and utensils with Sani Clean may help to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination.

  • Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators where potentially contaminated products were stored.
  • Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to cut, serve, or store potentially contaminated products.
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.

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Listeria can grow at refrigeration temperatures in foods. Listeria can also cross contaminate other food cut and served on the same cutting board or stored in the same area. Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators may wish to consider whether other foods available for sale could have been cross-contaminated from the potentially contaminated products, and should be discarded.
Whether it’s frozen or fresh organic, always wash your produce with Veggie Clean Antibacterial Fruit & Vegetable Wash as a safe way to dissolve bacteria and prevent food-borne illness.

* Source material from fda.gov article.

New Rules In Effect: Dining With Dogs Law

Pet Dogs Are Now Allowed In Some Outdoor Dining Areas With Restrictions

city sidewalk cleanerThe NYC Department of Health has recently announced new rules that are now in effect. Pet dogs are now allowed in some outdoor dining areas with certain restrictions. You can read the details about the new Dining With Dogs Law by downloading this PDF. Patrons enjoy dining outside with their pets during the warm weather season. That is why Cleanse Tec offers a solution with City Sidewalk Cleaner: a high strength cleaner, specifically formulated to clean and whiten even the dirtiest sidewalks. City Sidewalk Cleaner lifts dirt particles off of the concrete so it can be easily washed away, leaving the sidewalk cleaner and whiter. Clean floors = Clean paws!

What Is The Best Way To Prevent Food-Borne Outbreaks?

“1 in 6 Americans are sickened from food-borne diseases.”

According from the NYS Department of Health, “128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die” every year. This can be prevented by following a strict cleaning regiment. Cleanse Tec offers these efficient sanitizing solutions…

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Call 1-800-MIX-SOAP to place an order.
(Dial 718-346-9111)

FDA Recall- Listeria Outbreak

saladThe FDA recently performed a voluntary recall on packaged vegetables to help contain a listeria outbreak. Listeria is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems. Listeria infection is most commonly contracted by eating improperly processed deli meats, dairy products and produce. See more about this withdrawal at www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/

Veggie Clean is a no-rinse vegetable sanitizer and freshener that works to prevent illness and to keep your veggies more fresh and crispy!

  • Free of alcohol and VOCs.
  • Non-Oxidizing wash free of chlorine, iodine, and QUACs.
  • Biodegradable with a long shelf life.
  • Clinically proven to clear bacteria like e-coli & listeria.

Call 1-800-MIX-SOAP to place an order.
(Dial 718-346-9111)

List of states included in the voluntary withdrawal:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

List of provinces included in the voluntary withdrawal:

  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Quebec

EPA ban on Phosphate-based Chemicals

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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.

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.