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Refresh Your Kitchen and Ceilings With Our Professional Cleaning Services!

After our overnight restaurant kitchen ceiling cleaning, any kitchen will have a brighter, more professional appearance. Our commercial kitchen equipment cleaning is done after hours, and twenty-four hour restaurants are also easily cleaned during slow hours.

To achieve this fresh look, Ceiling Ease arrives as the restaurant staff is leaving the kitchen for the night.  Restaurant staff does not need to stay unless their company requires it. However, a three foot clearance is needed from tops of racks to properly clean so restaurant staff must have already removed all food, breakable items, and paper notices from the walls.

chairsOur commercial kitchen equipment cleaning crew will then bring in their equipment and supplies and begin the cleaning process by moving the restaurant equipment on wheels into a separate area. Crew members will then spread vinyl tarps over stationary racks, ovens, and other items to prevent them from getting wet.

The “dirt” on kitchen ceilings is a mixture of grease, oil, dried water, salt, spices, flour, and many other chemicals.  To remove this residue, a chemical degreaser is applied evenly across the ceiling.  Any especially dark spots may be sprayed twice.  After the chemical has loosened the residue, crew members begin power washing the ceiling. Again, any extra dark spots may need a reapplication of chemical and a second power washing.

After the power washing, Ceiling Ease crew members will utilize long handled mops to dry the ceiling. To remove the excess water and prevent drip marks, the wiping of the tiles and t-bar requires even strokes and frequent changing of the mop pads. Typically, that ugly tan tint on tiles shows at least a 70% improvement in appearance after this cleaning process.  In addition to the drying, depending upon the type of lights in the ceiling, a Crew Member may remove the 2X4 light lenses to wash and dry them on both sides. Spot lights, vents, speakers and other ceiling hardware will be dried by hand to minimize drip marks.

Upon completion of the ceiling washing and drying process, Ceiling Ease crew members will remove the tarping, clean any streaks from the floor, and remove splashes from stainless steel hoods and other items.  Cleaning usually takes four to six hours depending on the size of the kitchen and the condition of the ceiling.

Many restaurant managers are aware that their ovens easily damage tiles above the oven doors.  Frequently, managers approve the replacement of up to 4 tiles in case the damage has permanently stained the tiles. In this instance, Crew Members will replace the tiles and remove the old ones. The result is a clean, professional looking ceiling that will appeal to employees, health inspectors, and those customers who may see the ceiling.

It is recommended that in the morning, restaurant staff should mop the floor, return the breakables, and post any signage that was put away. After all that, the only thing left to do is admire how great the ceilings and kitchen look, and enjoy the boost in morale and brighter work environment.

Ceiling Cleaning Saves Money

jpg079578Ceiling cleaning in Orange County can substantially prolong the life of a kitchen ceiling. Cleaning eliminates stale odors and gives your kitchen a brighter and more professional look over night.  Grease, cooking oils, and powders stick to ceilings. Daily exposure to these chemicals creates a buildup that darkens a ceiling.  Over time the buildup causes tiles to sag and smell.  Employee morale and pride in their production will decrease as their work area deteriorates.  Buildup left on tiles damages a ceiling to the point that tile replacement is required. Health Departments will site restaurants with sagging ceilings since openings develop that allow vermin to enter a kitchen or hazardous situations for employees.

Dojo Action Shots Jul 2013 013Ceiling cleaning for a restaurant in Orange County is performed when the restaurant is closed.  To protect kitchen equipment and supplies, the Cleaning Crews will tarp anything that cannot be moved.  Once the tarp has been placed, our Crews apply a degreaser chemical to the ceiling.  After the degreaser has loosened the buildup power washing begins.

jpg040164Vinyl tiles are power washed to remove grease, oils, and stains.  The power washing force does not damage tiles.  The water washes away the buildup for a dramatic improvement.  Tile appearance improves 70-80%.

Next tiles and t-bar are wiped to remove excess water.  Protruding lights are hand cleaned.  Light panels, usually 2 ft X 4ft, are taken down to clean both sides.  Vents are sprayed then hand wiped.

jpg066873After the ceiling is cleaned, tarping is removed and floors are squeegeed dry.  It will be approximately two to three hours until the ceiling is fully dry.

Ceiling Repairs—Waiting Costs

Tile Replacement

When tiles are permanently damaged due to repeated exposure to steam or perforations that allow vermin to crawl into kitchens, it is time for them to be replaced. Usually kitchens have a few tiles that are repeatedly damaged due to ovens, steamers, and other hat intensive equipment.  Our Crew will install new tiles.  Tiles can be cut to fit around corners, signs, etc.

Vent Replacement

jpg079221jpg069498Damaged or rusted vents (diffusers and returns) need to be replaced.  Our Crews install new vinyl returns and diffusers.  These vinyl vents are easy to clean and do not rust.  Installation can be done quickly and at a reasonable cost.

 

Air Return Single Tier 48855.20 WBEAPERF- Perforated Sheet White_1379957695Air returns have a new look, facilitate air returning to above the ceiling, and can easily be cleaned.  If the old look is preferred, it can still be in vinyl material which does not rust and cleans.

 

Diffuser Return Combination UnitAlso available for use as a diffuser or return is a combination unit.  This provides a uniform look across the ceiling.

 

Air Diverter RectangularAir Diverter Diagonal WhiteFor those diffusers that are blowing on food or people, an easy fix is available.  Use an air diverter.  Whether it is rectangular or triangular, the diverter allows the full amount of air to flow into a room but it directs the air away from sensitive areas.

Metal t-bars are frequently damaged or lost when maintenance work is done on air conditioning units or roofs.  Missing t-bars should be replaced to ensure tiles are supported properly.

Grid Cover Installation

Grid Coverjpg069498Stained or rusted t-bars can be covered with vinyl grid cover.  The grid cover helps protect the metal t-bar and it gives a ceiling a new look overnight.  No permits required.

Eliminate Ceiling Sag

Heavy wires, air conditioning repairs, or time can cause a ceiling to sag.  Ceiling Ease Crews can level that ceiling.  Cables coming through ceilings can have protective material around them to minimize daily damage to the ceiling.  Let a kitchen look its best to promote team pride in your employees.

Stainless Steel Tiles Protect

Costco Burbank FCT 1 Aug 2015Heat, rolling out from ovens daily, scorches tiles.  Rather than continually replace vinyl tiles, install stainless steel tiles.  Protect the ceiling and have a professional look.

If you need ceiling cleaning or ceiling repair in Orange County, call Ceiling Ease today! (714) 538-6762

When Customers or Auditors Look Up…

…do they say “Yuck?”

Restaurants, offices, hospitals, bakeries, clean their floors daily.  What about those ceilings?  Customers waiting for service or food look around, including up.  Health inspectors and corporate auditors see dirty ceilings as a poor reflection on the food being prepared.  Clients in offices look at the ceiling while waiting for a meeting.

 

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A Low-Tech, Low-Cost Solution

Now you can improve your image with a low-tech, low cost solution.

High tech tools have our attention.  iPhones, tablets, social media all seem to be important aspects for work and home.  But try to use these in a dirty environment.  Suddenly a low tech application takes priority.

Cleanliness helps make a good first impression. Cleaning and maintenance are daily requirements for any business hoping to retain customers.

 

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Ceiling Cleaning is Green

Ceiling cleaning is a green process, in that it is both environmentally and economically friendly.  The removal of dull tiles fills a dumpster, the contents of which are then taken to a land fill. The tiles reside in the land fill for years as they decay.  The replacement of the old tiles is costly.  The purchase of sufficient tiles to fill a ceiling can be hundreds or thousands of dollars.

 

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How to Clean a Ceiling

One day you look at your ceiling and say “yuck”.  It is cleaning time.  To determine the best way to clean that ceiling, answer these questions.

 

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Does Your Location Pass the Smell Test?

Are your customers greeted with a pleasant smell when they open your door?  Or does the air smell stale, stagnant, and moldy?  If your building is more than 10 years old, you may be starting to have an “old building” smell.

Over time, ceilings tiles collect epidermal (skin) cells.  Add this to the cob webs, occasional sprayed soda, and left over items from ceiling trade workers.  The combinations of these things start making your air smell stale.  In some buildings the smell of mold is sufficient to affect employees and customers breathing.

If you would like to give your offices a fresh smell, clean your ceiling tiles.  Most offices have acoustical tiles.  These tiles easily last 20 years if not abused by festive decorations, air conditioning trade workers, and others.  While they may look good, they will start to absorb smells.

The spraying of your ceiling eliminates the skin cells, spider webs, and most stains.  Within a few hours your location will have a fresher smell.  If you have had a fire in your area, the spraying of a neutralizing chemical can eliminate that burnt smell.  Older buildings may need to be sprayed above the ceiling also to eliminate the smell of dust layers.

A fresher smell will appeal to your customers and employees and reflect positively on your business.  Call for a quote.

A Clean Ceiling Lasts Longer

All business people try to avoid needless expenses.  The larger the expense, the more effort people put into avoiding an expense.  Would you like to avoid having to replace your ceiling in the near future?

Cleaning a ceiling prolongs its life.  Clean tiles look better longer, smell cleaner, last longer, and are less likely to be cited by the Health Department or a company inspector.

 

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Ceiling Cleaning Saves Money

Cleaning a ceiling prolongs the life of the ceiling and gives your area a professional look.  Eliminate that brown tint.  Cleaning saves money, gives an area a brighter look, eliminates odors,and improves employee morale.

 

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Rusted & Stained T-bar?

If your kitchen ceiling metal t-bar is rusting and/or permanently stained, change its look overnight.  Install vinyl grid cover to eliminate the worn look and to protect your t-bar.  Prolong the life of your ceiling with vinyl grid cover.

 

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GridMax Covers

Stained, rusting metal t-bar on a ceiling makes an entire area look unprofessional and run down.  Whether the ceiling is in a restaurant, bakery, food processing company or a business office, it makes your product and services look old and tired.

 

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GridMax Vinyl Covers

Give your ceiling a new look overnight!

Ceilings typically consist of three types of materials, tiles, vents, and metal t-bar grid. Tiles and vents can be cleaned or changed out as needed. What about the t-bar when it starts looking old and stained. It can be cleaned but after 10 or more years, the paint becomes dull, there may be permanent marks. The t-bar looks old.

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Filtered Air Diffuser

For decades employees have been complaining about cold air blowing from overhead air diffusers. Traditional diffusers direct air straight down; which is the primary cause of draft complaints. Competitor remedies only address draft issues and often don’t work to expectations, plus they’re expensive, costing 2 to 5 times as much. Only this diffuser eliminates drafts while improving indoor air quality and creating a healthier work environment.

 

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