BusinessKitchen CareRestaurant Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

January 12, 20220

Help your employees to have a solid restaurant cleaning routine so you can get back to focusing on your craft. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are incredibly important parts of any business in the foodservice industry. Preventing cross-contamination and the spread of viruses is imperative in order to keep employees healthy. But with the influx of people visiting your restaurant, it can be hard to keep track of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routines. 

At Thoechem Labs, we’ve created a detailed list of all the cleaning tasks that should be routine, along with what cleaning products help you get the job done efficiently. 


Wipe down the walls wherever there are splashes

Clean the grill, griddle, range, flattop, and fryer (and underneath the equipment)

Change the foil lining on top of the ranges, grills, and flattops

Wipe down other equipment, like coffee makers, microwaves, toasters, and meat slicers

Disinfect prep area surfaces with surface sanitizing chemicals

Clean beverage dispenser heads in the soda fountains and bars should clean the tips of the soda guns

Wash the utensils, small wares, flatware, and glassware and let them air-dry overnight

Clean the sinks

Wash rags, towels, aprons, and uniforms in the washing machine

Refill soap dispensers and replace empty paper towel rolls

Sweep walk-in refrigerators and storage areas

Take out the trash and recycling

Disinfect the waste disposal area and clean the trash cans

Sweep and mop the floors with floor care supplies


Clean ovens, including the walls, door, and racks

Delime the sinks and faucets

Boil out the deep fryer

Wash and sanitize the walk-in refrigerators and freezers

Clean any anti-fatigue mats

Use drain cleaner on the floor drains



Wash behind the hotline to prevent clogs

Run cleaning and sanitizing chemicals through the coffee or espresso machine to remove built-up grime

Clean out and sanitize the ice machine (every 6 months)

Clean and sanitize the freezer

Clean refrigerator coils to remove dust

Empty grease traps

Wash vent hoods (every few months)

Replace pest traps

What Specific Cleaning Supplies Do I Need?

Daily Cleaning 

Sanitizers: Multicide & Food Contact Surface Sanitizer.

  • Mulitcide for cleaning walls, and hardware (Coffee makers, microwaves, toaster, and meat slicers)
  • Food Contact Surface for sanitizing prep areas.

Oven, Grill & Fryer Cleaners: Magic Oven, Wonder Grill, Oven & Grill Cleaner Spray.

Manual Dish Washing Liquids: Blue Max & Lemon Suds

  • Blue Max is perfect for cleaning stubborn food off of pots and pans.
  • Lemon Suds is an effective spot-free soap that gets rid of food deposits easily.

Sinks: Presoak-D

Disinfectant & Deodorant: Shur Orange

  • For cleaning out garbage cans.

Mopping: Kitchen Power

  • Kitchen power is a multi-purpose cleaner designed for foodservice and kitchen cleaning.

Weekly Cleaning

Fryer Cleaner: Deep Fat Fryer Cleaner

Helps Boil out carbon and food deposits after weeks of use.

Clean freezers & Fridges: Freezer Cleaner

A specialty cleaner designed for spaces near -20F like frozen food lockers.

Drain Cleaner for Floor Drains: Fumeless Alkaline Drain Opener

Perfect for restaurant pipes, removing fat and grease that can build up over time.

Monthly Cleaning

Clean Espresso and coffee machines with descaler

This list can help your restaurant stay in action longer with fewer accidents. By protecting the health of your employees and customers, you can run a successful business without setbacks!

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