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So Clean are celebrating five years of cleaning iconic 5-star hotel overlooking Hyde Park

Orpington’s So Clean are celebrating five years of cleaning in the kitchens and banqueting suites of an iconic 5-star hotel overlooking Hyde Park Corner.

So Clean provides an army of specialist ‘catering’ cleaners to ensure that elaborate dinners are presented on gleaming china and frenetic kitchens are maintained in a spotless condition. Nothing less is acceptable to the clients, the hotel’s Executive Head Chef.

The 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year contract brings its own set of challenges. Three teams of seven full time staff, plus supervisor, are required to work across three eight hour shifts. The serious work takes place during the ‘night shift’ when floors, walls, cooking equipment and stainless steel fittings are all cleaned. “Virtually a deep clean every day”, according to So Clean MD, Simon Gasson. Much of this work is undertaken using Thermostar dry steam machines, expensive investments that nevertheless pay their way in terms of efficiency and results.

so-clean-2-mic-dec16Taking place during core operating hours, the other two cleaning shifts are focused on supporting the chefs and waiters during service, which can include banquets for up to 900 guests. Here the staff work as kitchen porters, ensuring breakfast, lunchtime and evening services are run professionally. Tasks include manning dishwashers, cleaning pots and pans, and keeping trolleys and other vital equipment clean during service.

As Simon says, “the hotel is one of our most challenging and yet rewarding contracts for a number of reasons, including an eye-wateringly strict standards regime and a special type of team work. Five years into the relationship, however, we’ve developed systems and processes to make sure our client don’t often have cause to complain.”



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