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Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

Last updated on 4/19/2021

Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are incredibly important in the foodservice industry to prevent cross-contamination and the spread of viruses. But, with so many things to clean in a restaurant, it can be difficult to remember all of the individual cleaning tasks that you need to take care of and how regularly you need to clean your equipment. To lessen the burden, we created this restaurant cleaning checklist that your employees can use to keep track of the cleaning tasks that need to be completed. Pair this commercial kitchen cleaning checklist with our wide selection of restaurant cleaning supplies.

Click below for our downloadable restaurant cleaning checklist PDF that your employees can use as they're cleaning.

Printable Cleaning Checklist
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Back-of-House Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning the back-of-house area consistently and thoroughly is important for preventing cross-contamination and the spread of bacteria. Use our restaurant kitchen cleaning checklist to find a list of things you should be cleaning in the back-of-house:


  • Wipe down the walls wherever there are splashes
  • Clean the grill, griddle, range, flattop, and fryer (make sure to get underneath the equipment)
  • Change the foil lining on top of the ranges, grills, and flattops
  • Wipe down other equipment, such as coffee makers, microwaves, toasters, and meat slicers
  • Disinfect prep area surfaces with surface sanitizing chemicals
  • Clean beverage dispenser heads and soda gun tips in soda fountains and soda guns
  • Wash the utensils, smallwares, 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



  • Wash behind the hot line 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 walls and ceiling to remove grease buildup
  • Wash vent hoods (every few months)
  • Replace pest traps
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Front-of-House Cleaning Checklist

Having a clean front-of-house area is important because the cleanliness of your dining space affects how your guests perceive your business and whether they choose to become repeat customers. Here is the list of things you need to clean in your front-of-house:


  • Wipe down the walls if necessary
  • Sanitize the tables
  • Inspect and wipe down the condiments and salt and pepper shakers
  • Wipe down all the counters
  • Clean the seats and benches
  • Run cloth napkins, microfiber cloths, tablecloths, and staff aprons through the washing machine
  • Vacuum the carpets
  • Take out the trash and recycling
  • Clean the interior and exterior of all the trash and recycling bins
  • Sweep and mop the floors
  • Clean and sanitize restroom surfaces
  • Disinfect the toilets
  • Wipe down bathroom sinks
  • Empty out feminine hygiene product bags
  • Take out the bathroom trash
  • Sweep and mop the restroom floors


  • Dust and wipe down the light fixtures
  • Wash glass windows and doors
  • Disinfect the door handles


  • Dust any decorations or wall art
  • Check the ceiling for cobwebs
  • Wash the walls

Using a restaurant cleaning checklist is useful because it helps you stay organized, delegate tasks to your employees, and can create a restaurant cleaning schedule for your staff so you can keep on top of food safety guidelines. By keeping your equipment clean, your food will taste better and you'll increase the lifespan of your kitchen equipment. Additionally, a clean and well-maintained dining space will impact your guests and make them want to come back. In addition to this easy-to-use restaurant sanitation checklist, creating and enforcing a HACCP plan in your restaurant can help keep your space sanitary and safe.

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