Hi my name’s Kirk and I work at Prima Restaurant
Equipment in Louisville, KY. We are a provider of many
forms of restaurant equipment from freezers to ovens to grease
traps. And today we are going to be doing a video
specifically about cleaning grease traps, but before we really
get into grease traps in general, we just do want to say that there are different regulations
depending on which city you live in, which state. We just ask that you check your local
regulations for what size of grease trap you should use and exact methods of cleaning,
because sometimes they differ and change. So let’s go ahead and begin cleaning the grease
trap, give you some tips on how to do that. First of all, we do suggest you wait until
after your restaurant is closed. Once you break the seal and the lid pops off of this,
pretty much the strongest fumes that you’ve ever smelled in your life are going to emanate
from it. Let me tell you, that Uncle Frank’s bean chili holds nothing compared to the fumes
that will come out of this and so we do suggest you wait until your restaurant is closed. As you begin cleaning, you want to make sure
you do have the right equipment. So we do suggest, because
of the very strong odor, we do suggest that you would get the
right clothes on. You really want old clothes, clothes that
maybe you don’t care if you loose or you have to throw into the trash afterwards. You definitely
want rubber gloves, goggles and some form of mask to mask the odor for you as well.
You don’t want to be adding your own contents of your stomach into the FOG already in the
grease trap. Not only do you want that stuff, but go ahead
and get a putty knife and some sort of a scoop out, it can
be small or large – it doesn’t matter. And then, you want to have a nice plastic trash
bag, maybe a bin if you want. And then, I suggest you
put some kitty litter or maybe some absorbent material, kind
of like what you would throw on your garage floor to absorb
oil. Go ahead and put that in there and as you put liquid in
that, it’s going to soak up that liquid and it’s going to make it more of hardened trash
so you can toss it and not just a bag of nasty liquid floating around. So, let’s go ahead and begin cleaning this
here. So, obviously you have removed your lid. So it’s already off for us. The
first step you want to do is go ahead and grab this removable
baffle and you’re going to scrape it and it’s going to drop
right into your grease trap. Remember that our grease trap is
actually going to be standing upright. And then next, there’s just going to be a
lot of floating scum, just all of that FOG that is sitting
there on the top. Go ahead and take this scoop of yours and
go ahead and dip it out and just as many times as you need to
get all that put that into that trash can. The absorbent material
will then sop it up. Now, go ahead and maybe some form of shop
vac or in some way, you can use the scoop if you need to, just
get all of the remaining water out of there. Basically, any
sort of water, throw that into a five gallon bucket or something,
just so it’s out of the way. And you should really remain with just kind
of a bunch of sludge everywhere. You’re going to do the
same thing with the putty knife as you did with the baffle. Go
ahead and just, maybe with a smaller putty knife, just scrape
all of that sludge off of those walls. And then you’re
just going to have a load of crud on the bottom. Now Louisville, KY regulations state that
if there is at least 25 percent of your grease trap has sludge on the bottom, then
you have to clean it regardless of when the last time you
cleaned it was. So just be aware of that. Your government
regulations may be more, may be less. But, you’ll have all that sludge. Go ahead
and scoop that out of there, throw that into that trash bag.
Just get it all out of there, all of those hardened things down
there. Just make sure your grease trap is nice and clean, nice
and spic and span. You may be tempted at this point, especially
if you really enjoy cleaning; you just love having those
restaurant tables spic and span. Well, you want to make sure
that you do not put any hot water or chemicals into your grease trap. Hot water
can actually break down the grease, which will actually cause
it to flow out of the grease trap easier. And then once you’re done actually cleaning,
the next step you want to do before you put it all back together is you want to
make sure to inspect just all the elements. Make sure that
everything is okay again. This is a newer grease trap and
grease traps, they’re steel; they last a very long time. But
if you’ve had a grease trap in your restaurant for ten or
fifteen years, you know some parts could be getting weak or
whatever so just inspect it, make sure that it’s all good. Go
ahead and put that baffle back in there. Really one of the most important parts here
that you want to inspect in your grease trap is this gasket
here. You want to make sure that this gasket is always good.
Replace it if necessary. Make sure it’s clean. You really
need a good seal on that lid, just to ensure that those fumes
are not escaping. So then once you’re done cleaning, go ahead
and put that lid back on to it. Really, again, really make
sure that it is a very tight seal. As you can see, even on this
bolt there is a rubber gasket. We just want to do everything
we can to make sure that your clients get to enjoy the smells
and sights of your restaurant and the food and not necessarily
your waste from the grease, the old grease trap here.
Make sure that’s very tight with a wrench and you have your
grease trap all cleaned and ready to go. Now you do have one step more before you’re
completely done. You do need to fill out what is called a Grease
Trap Cleaning Log. We actually have these on our website,
just free for you to download. If you want to use them, they’re
in our blog or you can find them on any of our grease trap
listings and that’s at prima-restaurant-equipment.com.
Prima dash restaurant dash equipment. Go ahead and grab
one of those, print it out, make as many copies as you want,
whatever, it’s yours to have. And, go ahead and fill out, you want to make
sure you’re getting the date, who it’s cleaned by, again
different regulations may require you to have different
things you have to make note of. Just make sure, your local
regulations, that you’re aware of them and what you need to
have noted. Once in a while, you may be responsible to have an
actual professional cleaner to come in and if so you just make a note of it there. And
that just keeps you from getting any sort of fine, when
you can go ahead and show the inspector when he comes around
that you actually have been keeping up to date on your
cleanings that your grease trap is ready to go. Hopefully it’s been an informative video.
We do ask that definitely if you have any questions, please check us out online or give
us a call. We’d love to help you in any way we can.