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How to Clean Up a Cooking Oil Spill in Your Kitchen


Nothing can put an immediate halt to your restaurant’s operations quite like a cooking oil spill can. If you have worked in a kitchen before, chances are that you have had to deal with the stress and mess of spilled grease. In the unfortunate event that an employee does spill grease or lets the grease container run over when draining the fryer, here is a plan of action to conquer the spill efficiently and safely.

The first step is to get back immediately. Your first instinct is to clean up the spill as quickly as possible; however, the grease could still be hot. Hot grease will severely burn you, and end in a painful injury. It is better to be safe than sorry and to carefully inspect the grease’s temperature before diving into cleaning mode. Also, you want to let your fellow employees know about the spill so that they do not accidentally slip and fall.

Next, after you know that the spilled oil is safe, you need to absorb as much of it as you can before trying to mop or sweep it up. This step is very important because if you try to clean up the oil by itself, it will spread across the tile causing an even bigger mess. You can absorb the grease by sprinkling cornstarch directly onto the spill. Allow the starch to sit on the spill, as it will begin to slowly soak up the oil. After you have let some time pass, sweep the pile of cornstarch into a dustpan. You can repeat this process until the majority of the oil is absorbed. If you do not have cornstarch, then you can use baking soda, salt, sand, kitty liter or another type of absorbent material.

After you have cleaned up the majority of the mess, you can then wipe up the leftover residue with paper towels. Then, you want to mop the spot where the spill occurred thoroughly with grease-fighting soap and hot water. Make sure to dispose of the mop water properly, to drains that flow to grease traps so that you do not clog the sewer system. After you are done, your kitchen floor should be as good as new!

Do you want to avoid the hassle of cooking oil spills altogether? We can help with our indoor grease collection containers. Our units can connect directly to your fryer, which means you no longer have to worry about hot oil accidents. It is simple as that. Call us today at 800-473-2733!


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