If you’ve ever watched episodes of Kitchen Nightmare with Chef Gordon Ramsay then you’ve probably seen him discover a neglected, dirty grease trap in the restaurant’s kitchen.
If these traps are not maintained properly, the consequences can be:
- Blockages in your pipelines
- Backup of grease in your sink drains
- Offensive Odors
Any of these situations can be costly to a restaurant as they can cause you to close shop for a day or longer.
Bottom line is – It’s simply not worth it to put off cleaning and maintaining your grease trap.
So, How Do You Clean A Grease Trap?
We know that cleaning out a grease trap is considered to be the worst job to do in a restaurant. It’s disgusting, messy and smelly. But – it has to be done.
Following are the easy steps you should be taking to clean your grease trap.
- Wear Yellow Rubber Gloves to perform this task
- Remove the lid from the unit – usually a screwdriver can be used to pop the lid off
- Scoop out the top layer (which can be thick) of grease and fats and other debris with a bucket and dump this in a thick plastic garbage bag.
- Use a Shop Vac to drain the remaining liquid out of the grease trap unit.
- Discard the liquid in the Shop Vac in a thick plastic garbage bag.
- Once the grease trap is empty, clean it out with fresh, soapy water.
- After it’s been thoroughly cleaned, begin filling the grease trap with hot sanitized water (chlorine concentration).
- That’s it!