Everything Clean and Looking Good: Your Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

Cleanliness and sanitation are really fundamental to keeping your restaurant operating well. Having a restaurant cleaning checklist is the ultimate preparation for a health inspector.

Here’s your commercial kitchen cleaning checklist that will contribute to your restaurant’s success.

Back Of House Cleaning Checklist

A lot of the daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning that your staff will be doing applies to the kitchen itself. Far away from diners’ eyes, sometimes, there’s a tendency to leave kitchen areas alone for too long. We're breaking down recommended cleanings into things your people should be doing every day, every week, and every month.

Daily Cleaning

A lot of the daily cleaning tasks for the back of the house address basic sanitation of surfaces, and items that come in contact with food and drink daily.

You want to make sure people are cleaning key equipment. Utensils, glassware, plates, and other used dishes should be washed, cleaned, and air-dried.

Here’s a rundown of important daily cleaning tasks:

Remember to check paper towel dispensers when tasked with refilling.

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Weekly Cleaning

Here are some tasks to complete every week in your restaurant kitchen:

The tip on evaluating drains is centrally important. Slow drains can add up to massive problems over time, and impact the sanitation of your kitchen.

Monthly Cleaning

Other longer-term standards apply to specific pieces of gear, including some of these:

  • Clean and sanitize ice machines,
  • Check hot line (hot line can get clogged, if not washed every so often)
  • Deep clean microwaves and coffee machines
  • Deep clean refrigerator and throw out unused portions of inventory
  • Empty grease traps
  • Follow applicable pest control programs
  • Remove grease buildup from walls
  • Clean refrigerator coils to preserve efficiency

As you go, remember that your kitchen hood is another place where grease and grime can build up. Make a specific cleaning list for your hood system including grease cups, filters, and grease catch areas. Remember to check fan belts, lights, and other features every so often.

Front of the House Restaurant Cleaning

Apply your cleaning strategies to the areas that guests and diners can see as a critical part of your restaurant cleaning checklist.

In fact, many industry experts would say that restaurants drive return business by making their front-of-the-house operations look and smell as nice as possible.

Daily Cleaning Tasks

Working on front-of-the-house tasks every day is a vital part of making sure that the restaurant is safe, clean, and ready for business.

  • Clean the floors
  • Wipe and sanitize the tables
  • Freshen up any condiments or table settings
  • Replenish napkins, tablecloths and flatware
  • Go over carpet thoroughly with a vacuum
  • Remove trash and recycling
  • Clean and sanitize trash bins
  • Sanitize toilets and sinks
  • Install air fresheners
  • Replenish any paper products

These daily tasks will ensure that you have a restaurant space that is neat and clean and ready to greet guests!

Weekly Cleaning Tasks

What do you need to clean on a weekly basis?

A good part of your restaurant cleaning checklist involves cleaning any hanging light fixtures. Dust can build up and create an eyesore in your dining room.

Consider these tasks in weekly cleaning:

  • Deep clean runners and mats that guests walk on
  • Inspect seating closely for dirt or damage
  • Move portable seating to an organized floor plan
  • Freshen any visual ornamentation or decor for a front of the house area

A good thorough inspection of these areas is a must.

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Monthly Cleaning

Deep cleaning of the front of the house every month keeps the restaurant from becoming dingy and grimy. Pay more attention to walls and other decorative surfaces, including certain types of artwork or decorations or bric-a-brac on the restaurant walls.

Checking for cobwebs and spiderwebs monthly ensures that the front of the house looks active rather than antiquated.

Many of these items will help your restaurant to meet food safety standards, and also give you peace of mind that you'll be providing the right impression to visitors. When people come back, your restaurant builds its commercial success. When people get a poor impression and don't return, your traffic is likely to dwindle, and you'll eventually see that in your financial reports.

You’re already making a significant investment in keeping your restaurant in top shape by reading this article. And that pays off!

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