Tony asked: What is the best way to clean flour off metal when it has gone hard? I work at KFC and at the end of the night, we have to clean everything. I was wondering, what is the best way to clean off flour? It takes me about an hour to clean the breading table. I clean it by using hot, soapy water and scrubbing it.
When flour becomes wet, the starches become glue-like and adhere strongly to any surface. Removing this gluey substance can be a real challenge, especially if it has had a chance to dry and harden. Follow the steps below to make the removal as easy as can be.
You Will Need:
- Scrub brush
- Hot water
- Mild detergent
- Dish cloths
- Metal scraper or dough cutter
Steps to Remove the Flour:
- Begin by scraping away as much of the flour as possible with a metal scraper or metal dough cutter.
- Moisten the remaining flour with a good amount of hot water. The water will begin to make the flour “gooey” again so it is easier to remove.
- Allow the water to set on the flour for a couple of minutes so that it can thoroughly saturate it again.
- Next, use the scraper to scrape the moistened flour away.
- For the last layer of flour, moisten a scrub brush or dish cloth.
- Sprinkle some salt on the dish cloth to help keep the flour residue from building up on it.
- Add some more hot water to the area and scrub away the remaining layer of flour.
- Continue to clean with a fresh cloth each time until all of the flour is removed.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- If the flour is especially hard to remove, add some white vinegar to the water for an extra cleaning boost.
- If possible, scrape away the flour before it has a chance to harden into thick layers while using the area. This will make clean-up at the end easier.