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2022 The Ultimate Restaurant Cleaning Checklist You Surely Need

Keeping restaurants clean is crucial to reducing food-borne diseases. Canadian food enterprises must meet federal and provincial food safety standards, including maintaining a safe and hygienic facility. A tidy restaurant will keep guests happy and increase income and success.

Maintain a hygienic dining establishment by following Edomey's restaurant cleaning checklist. A complete cleaning checklist for a restaurant should include both the kitchen and dining areas (front-of-house cleaning). To remain in compliance, follow this cleaning protocol for restaurants.

Restaurant Cleaning Checklist - Kitchen

It is essential that a restaurant's kitchen be regularly cleaned since here is where the majority of food safety hazards arise. At addition to avoiding food contamination and food-borne diseases, keeping the kitchen clean in a restaurant is required by law. Local Health Inspectors have the authority to conduct random audits of any food establishments they see fit. Failure to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the kitchen may result in penalties or possibly the closure of a restaurant.

  • Cleaning gets rid of physical dirt, soil, chemical residues, and allergens from tools, surfaces, and utensils.
  • Cleaning by hand means using a sink or bucket filled with soapy water to clean.
  • Sanitizing gets rid of harmful pathogens on surfaces that come into contact with food. After cleaning, sanitizing is done.

Daily Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

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  • Clean and sterilize surfaces in food preparation areas and walls where food has been splattered.

  • Sanitize and clean food preparation sinks
  • Broom and clean the flooring
  • Clean walk-in refrigerators sweep storage areas
  • If trash cans are used often or for high-risk foods, clean and sterilize both the inside and outside.


  • Clean cooking surfaces, such as grills, stoves, and fryers, using a broom or sponge (be sure to clean underneath)
  • The foil liner on the grill and range tops needs to be changed.
  • Sanitize the equipment by hand (beverage machines, coffee makers, espresso machines, microwaves, toasters, etc.)
  • Beverage dispenser heads and tips of soda dispenser guns should be cleaned manually.
  • Dishes, cutlery, and glasses need to be sanitized

Other items

  • The washing machine may be used to clean rugs, towels, aprons, and uniforms.
  • Refill soap dispensers
  • Replace empty rolls of paper towels
  • Remove recyclables and dispose of indoor trash
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Weekly Restaurant Cleaning Checklist


  • The sinks and faucets should be cleaned by the hand of limescale
  • Sanitize the walk-in freezer and refrigerator.
  • Floor drains and trash cans should be cleaned and sanitized by hand using drain cleaner (if not done daily)


  • Ovens that need manual cleaning (be sure to clean the walls, door and racks)
  • Cleaning the deep fryer by hand (boil it out)

Other Items

  • At least twice a week, physically clean floor mats and empty outside waste cans.
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Monthly Restaurant Cleaning Checklist


  • Hand-clean all surfaces, including the ceiling.
  • Swab the heated line with a swab and then wipe
  • Cleaning vent hoods by hand is an option (this can be done every couple of months)


  • The espresso machine and coffee maker should be disinfected and cleaned.
  • The ice machine should be emptied, cleaned and sanitized (every 6 months)
  • Thoroughly cleanse the freezer by hand and remove any grease traps from the refrigerator

Other Items

  • Pest traps should be replaced on a regular basis.

Front-of-house Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

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Customers should be able to have a safe and healthy eating experience if the front-of-house is clean. Customers want to dine in a clean, neat, and welcoming atmosphere when they visit a restaurant. Unhygienic conditions in food establishments are enough to drive away consumers and reduce revenue. Keeping a restaurant dining room and other front-of-the-house spaces clean is critical, which is why a checklist is essential.

Using the following professional restaurant cleaning checklist, you may determine how often the front of the house should be cleaned.



  • If required, wipe the walls by hand
  • Cleaning the countertops by hand
  • Vacuum the floor
  • Floor sweeping and mopping
  • Sterilize and disinfect the doorknobs and bannisters.
  • Access buttons/elevator buttons should be cleaned and sanitized


  • Clean and sanitize dining tables
  • Manually clean seats and benches


  • Make sure to disinfect any washroom surfaces
  • Sanitize the toilet
  • Sanitizing the bathroom sinks by hand
  • Dispose of feminine hygiene products in appropriate disposal bins.
  • Dispose of the trash in the bathroom
  • Vacuum and mop the toilets.
  • Sterilize and disinfect the doorknobs and bannisters.

Other Items

  • salt and pepper shakers should be cleaned and sanitised.
  • Using a washing machine, wash cloth napkins, tablecloths, and aprons
  • A few abandoned trash bins
  • Sterilize and disinfect trash bins.
  • Keep credit card terminals free of contaminants by performing routine maintenance
  • Menus should be sanitized and cleaned.



  • Clean the light fixtures by hand.
  • Window and door frames must be cleaned manually.



  • Items on the walls should be cleaned up (e.g. art or decorations)
  • Scrubbing all of the walls by hand

In order to successfully run a food company, one must do several duties and adhere to numerous rules. The cleanliness and safety of the workplace are of the utmost importance. Cleaning duties may be broken down into daily, weekly, and monthly lists to make them more manageable. Owners and managers of restaurants may guarantee that their establishments are sanitary and food safety compliant by employing a restaurant cleaning checklist that covers both the kitchen and the front of the house.

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