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How A New Restaurant Owner Can Save On Operating Costs: Clean Your Own Grease Trap

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Starting a new restaurant usually takes a lot of time, effort, and money before you start to see a good return on your investment. In the meantime, it is important to keep your operating costs down so you can conserve your cash to pay for supplies, employees, and the space you are using. One way to conserve cash is to do tasks that you might otherwise pay to have someone else do–like cleaning the grease trap. If you are a new restaurant owner who has never cleaned out a grease trap, here is how you can do it with a shop-vac machine.

Open Grease Trap

There are two main types of grease trap lids: one is screwed down, and one uses clips to keep the lid on the container. Remove the screws or clips and take off the lid. You should make sure the restaurant is closed and that you don't have any customers in the restaurant, as the horrendous odor from the grease trap can overwhelm the kitchen and dining areas. (You don't want customers to think that's how the kitchen smells, or they might not ever come back).

Remove Sludge

The grease in the trap typically separates into different layers. The top layer is usually made up of a thick sludge-like material. You can make a scooper from an empty gallon jug of bleach with a utility knife. Cut the front of the jug to shape it like a scooper. Grab the scoop-shaped jug by the handle to shovel the sludge out of the grease trap, and put it into a thick plastic garbage bag to dispose of it.

Remove Liquid

Underneath the sludge will be a lot of greasy water you can remove with a shop-vac machine. A shop-vac machine is a specialty vacuum cleaner that can suck up water and other liquids and is commonly used in industrial and commercial settings to clean up spills. If you don't have one, you can rent one at a local hardware store.

Remove Buildup

Grease will cling to the walls, to the bottom, and under the lid. Scrape the grease off the surfaces with a putty knife while you are vacuuming up the liquid. Some clumps of grease may have to be pulled out with the scooper, as they could plug up the shop-vac machine. You can pour the contents from the shop-vac machine into the thick plastic garbage bag you put the sludge in.

A tip: put kitty litter or some other type of absorbent material into the bag with the liquid grease. The kitty litter will absorb the grease and make it easier to carry and dispose of the bag.

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