Restaurant Safety Guide

How to use reusable textiles and other products from linen, uniform and facility services to maintain restaurant employees’ and customers’ safety and health.

Table Linen
Tablecloths for Hygiene and Social Distancing

Hygienically Clean reusable tablecloths, place mats and napkins should be used to create a healthier dining experience. Switching a clean tablecloth between guests ensures a clean and safe table. Contamination risk is minimized in accordance with laundry best practices when linens are processed according to Hygienically Clean Certified commercial laundry standards. Bacteria has been shown to be present in excessive amounts on bare restaurant tables, even with regular cleaning, in comparison with tablecloths, which can provide a 5-times-cleaner surface.  Bare tables can be a breeding ground for all types of microscopic bacteria. Hygienically Clean and safe reusable table linens regularly and dramatically reduce the amount of bacteria patrons are subjected to, ensuring that dining tables are more sanitary.

Tablecloths facilitate social distancing by identifying only the tables that should be used when such separation is required. Placemats accomplish the same by seating guests further apart at a bar, table or counter.

Professionally Laundered Uniforms for All Employees

Provide staff with hygienically cleaned, commercially laundered uniforms daily such as chef coats, cook shirts, pants and aprons to wear throughout their shifts. This applies to takeout and delivery staff, as well as kitchen and wait staff. Research verifies the superior cleanliness and public preference for professional laundering of work uniforms; home washing machines and practices have proven inadequate for consistent disinfection. Instead, uniforms should be left in a bin at the restaurant to be picked up and commercially laundered. clean uniform should be given out at the start of each shift, replacing the clothes in which employees commuted to the restaurant.

Personal Protective Equipment for Your Team

Ask your linen or uniform service about the best mask options to comfort and protect employees and diners. Reusable/washable face masks that meet CDC guidelines and disposable gloves should be worn by staff. Gloves should be changed out often throughout an employee’s shift.

Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer throughout Your Facility

Select from high-capacity dispensing options for placement in key locations in your restaurant to encourage your employees and patrons to take advantage. Dispensers are ADA-com-pliant when properly mounted and available in manual and touch-free dispensing options. Work with your linen and uniform service to determine small-quantity placements, too, across your dining room.

Hygiene Chemicals
Chemicals, Textiles Delivered for Variety of Cleanliness Needs

Use commercial cleaning solutions on all hard surfaces throughout the day, including entryway door handles, kitchen area and bathrooms. Ensure your increased de-mand is fulfilled for these as well as air freshener, hand soap, disinfectants, sanitizers, other kitchen chemicals and restroom supplies by adding them to your regular linen and uniform service delivery. Choose mops, towels and other wiping cloths appropriate for each cleaning task; ask your linen and uniform services for a reliable supply of restroom paper products.

Reopening Guidance PDF
Restaurant Reopening Guidance PDF

Save and share a PDF of the guidance on this webpage, which shows how linen, uniform and facility services are vital partners in maintaining restaurant employees’ and customers’ safety and health by creating custom programs that address specific restaurant concerns, rather than simply providing commodities

Restaurant Reopening Guidance

Animations of Restaurant Linen, Uniform and Facility Services

View these short portrayals of practical and humane benefits to restaurants of taking full advantage of the industry’s established supply chains and its professionals’ experience and expertise to maximize restaurant cleanliness.


Hygienically Clean Reusable Linen | Cleanliness and Safety

See how Hygienically Clean reusable linen adds sparkle to tables, bars and counters and how adding tablecloths and place mats at increasing numbers of seats over time (Phases 1, 2, and 3) facilitates social distancing as a dining room completely opens.

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Hygienically Clean Reusable Restaurant Workwear

View this quick demonstration of how restaurants’ use of a linen and uniform service for commercially laundered hygienically clean reusable workwear improves restaurant safety by removing the need for employees to wash their chef coats, cook shirts and aprons on their own.

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Hygienically Clean Facility Services from Your Linen Service

Restaurant management can rely on linen and uniform services for more than these core reusable textile offerings. A wide variety of products is available for dining rooms, kitchens and restrooms to support efforts to keep guests and employees safe.

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Consumers Advisory | Restaurants Need Your Services to Keep Them Safe

Restaurants need linen, uniform and facility services to provide them with clean tablecloths for each time new patrons are seated, a fresh change of clothes and PPE for employees, and products to keep the dining room, restrooms and kitchen sparkling. This animation encourages consumers to dine at restaurants that partner with these services.

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Research: Consumers and Restaurant Decision-Makers

Identify why diners appreciate restaurateurs’ use of linen, uniform and facility services and the key economic benefits to the foodservice industry of procuring these

National Online Survey of Consumers
Business to Business Survey of Uniform and Textile Rental Decision Makers