With spring rapidly approaching, you may be reminded that it is a good time to clean out all the junk that you’ve been collecting over the last few months. Affectionately known as “spring cleaning”, there are many people in bar and nightclub industry who only do a serious deep cleaning after winter is gone and the birds start chirping. However, spring isn’t the only time to clean out your old, stale, and useless items from your club if you want to make the experience as lovely as possible for your guests and patrons. Though spring is obviously a perfect time to open up the doors and windows while you roll up your sleeves and give everything a very thorough scrub down, putting this type of cleaning off for too long can lead to bad smells and unhealthy conditions.
Nevertheless, embracing the literal meaning of spring cleaning is also a great idea, but it means more than just washing the floors and walls with industrial cleaners and touching up a few areas with a couple dabs of fresh paint. This is the perfect time to do a full overhaul on your building and business including your menu, operational practices, inventory, staff, and finances. Your business relies on more than just a clean environment to be successful, so cleaning up the rest of the business is a great way to give yourself the edge while heading into the spring and summer seasons.
First off, you should do a full assessment of physical maintenance that needs to be done. This includes everything such as plumbing problems, chipping paint, burnt out light bulbs, and anything else you can find that needs to be addressed. All the general maintenance issues should be handled before you do your deep cleaning since these procedures will often contribute to the initial mess.
Next, you will want to go through all of your inventory and supplies for your bar or nightclub and get rid of anything that is useless or worthless. If you decided to buy new chairs for your VIP bottles service booths yet still have a pile of the old ones sitting out back, you should either sell them or throw them out. They are likely taking up valuable space that could be used for more profitable items. You should also organize your entire collection of bar supplies and equipment in the back room and take a very thorough inventory. Spring cleaning makes for a great opportunity to do a physical audit while at the same time preparing you for easier reordering and tracking.
Now it’s time for the dirty part; a solid deep cleaning. If you can afford to pay a professional company to come in with their industrial grade chemicals and steam cleaners, that is usually the best idea. Usually the cost of paying your own bartenders and servers to come in for deep cleaning would offset the cost of hiring professionals anyway, but this choice is entirely up to you. Make sure every inch of the floor is scrubbed, wipe down all the walls, empty and disinfect and bar appliances, and essentially leave no stone unturned. When the deep cleaning is finished, the bar should look better than it did on the first day the club was open.
Once your bar or nightclub is in great condition maintenance wise, you’ve given it a thorough cleaning, and you have all of your supplies well-organized, you can focus on business operations. Take this opportunity to do a “refresher” course on training your staff to make sure they know their stuff. Sit down with your accountant to go over the books, and sit down with your liquor vendors to work out a fresh set of promotions to replace your worst performers. By using spring cleaning as an excuse to do a complete overhaul on your bar or nightclub, you can ensure that you stay at the top of your game year after year and continue to see profits pour in.