A Comprehensive Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning List

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Hello darlings!

Have I ever told you about the time I worked as a waitress in a restaurant while I was studying in the University? Well those were the days, I'll tell you! I enjoyed the work there so much and I had the best boss I could ask for! I made so much money working during the summer I could sustain myself for almost the whole winter!

I still remember fondly the wife of the boss. She was the best cook and could make the best fried calamari! She was also very strict about the cleaning process! She was right!
Running a busy restaurant is no easy task- especially when it comes to keeping it clean all the time. Restaurant kitchens are usually a beehive of activities- from vegetable chopping that leaves all sorts of veggie chops all over the counter and the floor, to frying foods that cause grease to stick all over the walls, not to mention some weird items lodging themselves in the back of the reach-in cooler.
Keeping the restaurant clean and in top shape can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t created a cleaning schedule.
To help keep your food service facility clean, hygienic, and in top shape, you will need to create a comprehensive restaurant cleaning schedule that clearly outlines what needs to be done to achieve this. Furthermore, regular cleaning of the restaurant is essential in ensuring food safety and also in helping reduce food waste, thereby allowing you save more on overall menu costs.
Some restaurant cleaning tasks should be performed several times a day while others only need to be done on a weekly or monthly basis. That being said, here is a handy restaurant kitchen cleaning list according to boss' wife.

1. Kitchen Items to Clean During Every Cooking Shift

• Brush the grill between cooking red meat, fish, and chicken meat
• Switch cutting boards
• Wipe down the line and the preparation areas
• Change the sanitizing water and cleaning rags
• Empty all the trash bins
2. Restaurant Kitchen Items to Clean After Every Cooking Shift (Including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
• Brush the grill
• Clean up the fryers
• Sweep the walk-in refrigerator
• Wash meat and cheese slicers after use
• Wash and sanitize all surfaces, including the prep tables, cutting boards, reach-in line, and line
• Empty the steam table and clean thoroughly
• Empty all sanitizing buckets
• Cover all bins in a reach in cooler with plastic wraps
• Put the aprons, chef coats, and chef hats in laundry
• Place cleaning rags in dirty laundry
• Wash all floor mats
• Wipe down walls
• Sweep, mop, and sanitize the kitchen floor.
3. Restaurant Kitchen Daily Cleaning List
• Wipe down and clean the grease trap
• Wash the can openers
• Wash the meat slicers
• Change the foil linings of the grill, flattop, and range
• Wipe down the walls
• Run the hood filters through the dishwasher
• Wash the beverage dispenser heads in soda fountains
• Mop the floors
4. Restaurant Kitchen Weekly Cleaning List
It’s important to rotate these tasks throughout the weeks to ensure that equal amounts of work are completed in each shift. Every week:
• Clean the coffee machine
• Clean the oven. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean it
• Empty the reach-in refrigerators, wash, and sanitize them
• Oil cast all cookware
• Delime the sinks and faucets
5. Restaurant Kitchen Monthly Cleaning List
Just like weekly cleaning, these tasks should be rotated throughout the month on different shifts to ensure that the employees equally share the workload. Every end month;
• Wash the walls and ceilings
• Empty and sanitize the ice machine
• Calibrate the ovens
• Wash the walls and ceilings
• Sharpen the meat and cheese slicers
• Calibrate the thermometers
• Wipe down the dry storage area
• Restock the first aid kit
• Change any set pest traps
• Update the material safety data sheets that outline clear instructions on how to safely use any chemicals in the kitchen
6. Restaurant Kitchen Yearly Cleaning List
It’s also important to schedule cleaning on a yearly basis. Since it will require deep cleaning, it’s advisable to enlist the services of a professional restaurant cleaning service. This is also the best time to fix any repairs; whether on appliances, floors or cabinets. Some of the tasks to be done on a yearly basis include;
• Cleaning the hoods at least twice a year. Cleaning hoods isn’t an easy task and your employees may have the skills to do so, so be sure to hire a restaurant cleaning service to do it for you.
• Cleaning the pilot lights on the gas equipment and follow the manufacturer’s instructions while doing so
• Checking the fire suppression system
• Checking the condition of the fire extinguishers at least twice a year
Using a cleaning list is a great way to delegate cleaning tasks to employees, keep your kitchen more organized, and most importantly, ensure that your kitchen is in top-notch condition every single day. Your customers will also appreciate your restaurant’s proper hygiene standards and the health inspectors will never find a reason to close your restaurant.

And even if you don't own a restaurant you can implement these tips for your home, just scale them down accordingly!

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  1. Great tips. You're right, some of these are also great for home use!! I need to do better. LOL.

  2. That is quite a list! I imagine there is lots to be done in a restaurant kitchen and I'm glad, because I always wants to be sure my food will be prepared correctly and cleanly!

  3. This is definitely quite a long list, but whenever I eat out, I would like to know the kitchens are staying as clean as possible! I like that you have tasks broken down by frequency!

  4. Wow there is a ton of work to maintain a restaurant kitchen. I will have to try a few of these tips in my own kitchen.

  5. My sister in law has run kitchens and there is a ton of work to be done before opening and after closing. People thing it's just while the restaurant is open, it's so much more.

  6. This is truly an awesome list. I never really knew what goes into keeping a restaurant kitchen clean and going. Some of these I do at home like restock the first aid kits and checking the fire extinguishers. Thank you for this!

  7. I'm so glad I don't have to clean an entire restaurant. But this is a great list for any kitchen.

  8. I love this post. These tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Working in a kitchen is such hard work, but it is a great way for students to make some money, as you've learned! Great comprehensive list, this!

  10. This is such a detailed list. Thanks for sharing! It will help ensure cleanliness in the kitchen.

  11. working in the hotel thought me how to be clean meticulously and this article is exactly what we do! great writing!

  12. This is such a good list, I've worked in a few kitchens and you really do have to keep on top of cleaning at all times.

  13. i really hope all the restaurants out there are cleaning their kitchens as thoroughly as this list...

  14. We take for granted all that goes into making sure a restruant is clean and running smoothly. I think this list is so complete. I am going to print it off and hang it in my own kitchen so my kids can see how good they have it!

  15. This is a really great list. I am hoping all establishments clean their kitchens this well.

  16. It is so important to clean the kitchen properly. There are so many issues if you don't. Great list!

  17. This is a very important and helpful information for someone who is thinking about starting a restaurant business.

  18. Great advice. We need higher kitchen cleaning standards!

    Sondra xx

  19. I hope the restaurants that I frequent clean as thoroughly as you've posted. Thankfully, we have a section in our newspaper that reports on those that do not.

  20. Wow what a great list. I need to incorporate this list at home! I hope most restaurants are at this standard.

  21. wow, what a detailed list!
    I think this is a list that all restaurant owners, small or big can utilize to maximize their cleanliness and efficiency.
    Thank you for sharing!

  22. All of this is so articular & organised. I got a glimpse of Monica Geller in all of this! But, it's really important as well! :)

  23. Great list Maro! Maybe I need to make some changes in my home kitchen cleaning rotting!

  24. Such a great list. These are all tips. It is so important to properly clean your kitchen.

  25. Got to print this out. This will serve as my checklist to make sure I won't miss any mess.

  26. I need to improve my cleaning skills that's for sure. It's a great and complex list, but restaurants kitchen has to be really clean.

  27. I was thinking of owning a restaurant a long time ago. I would be working in the dining room instead of the kitchen if I were to open one. This checklist will be great if I ever open my own restaurant.

  28. This is so detailed! I have now an impression of how hard it is to maintain a restaurant kitchen. It will need lots of time to be cleaned.

  29. What a cool post, it is so cool to know how much cleaning and maintenance goes into cleaning such a large kitchen.

  30. Wow i learned a lot from your post. It also remind me of my Mom who is OC in her kitchen. Her kitchen must be pristine at all time, spotless which makes her happy. And when she's happy, she cooks a lot!

  31. I use to work in a restaurant and had to do much most of these things. I wish I had the patience to do it all at home as well!

  32. Excellent article! As always, the articles you publish give me inspiration and help me to


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