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Your Restaurant’s Ultimate, Go-To Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

If you’ve ever been in the back of the house in a restaurant, you know that it’s an insanely busy place. Food orders are going in and out as chefs, cooks, waiters, and waitresses hustle to provide their guests with the most excellent food as quickly as possible. While many things get dirty throughout the course of a day in a restaurant (and trust us, lots of things do!), it can be hard to remember which items to keep clean when in order to remain compliant.

If you’re in the restaurant business, look no further than our handy list below to help you keep your restaurant clean and compliant!

Throughout Every Cooking Shift:

  • *Brush grill between cooking red meat, poultry, and fish
  • *Wipe down the line and prep areas
  • *Switch cutting boards
  • *Change sanitizing water and cleaning rags
  • *Empty trash bins

After Each Cooking Shift (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner):

  • *Clean the fryers
  • *Brush the grill
  • *Empty sanitizing buckets
  • *Put all cleaning rags in dirty laundry
  • *Put all aprons and chefs’ coats in laundry (not with cleaning rags)
  • *Wash and sanitize all surfaces (cutting boards, reach-in, line, prep tables)
  • *Empty steam table and clean
  • *Wash meat and cheese slicer after each use
  • *Cover all bins in reach-in cooler with plastic wrap
  • *Wash floor mats
  • *Sweep and mop the kitchen floor
  • *Sweep walk-in refrigerator

Daily Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning List:

  • *Clean out grease traps
  • *Change foil linings of grill, range, and flattops
  • *Wash the can opener
  • *Run hood filters through the dishwasher
  • Weekly Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning List:
  • *Empty reach-in coolers and wash/sanitize them
  • *Clean coffee machine
  • *Clean the ovens - be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instruction on this particular job.
  • *Sharpen the knives
  • *Oil cast iron cookware
  • *Use drain cleaners on floor drains

Monthly Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning List:

  • *Wash behind the hot line (oven, stove, fryers) to cut down on grease build up, which is a major fire hazard
  • *Clean grease traps
  • *Clean freezers
  • *Empty and sanitize the ice machine
  • *Calibrate ovens
  • *Calibrate thermometers
  • *Sharpen the meat and cheese slicer
  • *Wash walls and ceilings
  • *Wipe down the dry storage area
  • *Change any pest traps
  • *Restock your first aid kit
  • *Update your material safety date sheets, which outline how to safely use any chemicals in your restaurant

Yearly Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning/Safety List:

  • *Check fire suppression system
  • *Check fire extinguishers (this may need to be done 2x a year, depending on where you live)
  • *Clean hoods 2x a year. There are many professional companies that specialize in hood cleaning. Save yourself the hassle and use one of these companies rather than do it yourself - it’s very messy and time-consuming
  • *Clean pilot lights on gas kitchen equipment – be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

From line jetting and grease trap cleanings to helping you remain government compliant with compliance reports, Ace Grease Services is your one-stop shop to keeping your back of the house running efficiently! Call us at 1-800-473-2733 or learn more about us online at www.acegrease.com today!

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