No one likes cleaning, especially not in a commercial kitchen where the space is already tight and the tasks are seemingly never-ending. But a clean kitchen is essential to food safety and hygiene, so it’s important that you develop a deep cleaning routine and stick to it.

In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive calendar for deep cleaning your commercial kitchen. We’ll also give you some tips on the best way to clean each area of your kitchen.

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How Can a Cleaning Calendar Help my Business?

A cleaning calendar can help your business in a lot of ways. First, it can help you keep track of when each area of your kitchen needs to be cleaned. This is important because some areas, like the walk-in cooler, need to be cleaned more often than others.

A cleaning calendar can also help you ensure that all areas of your kitchen get the attention they need. This is especially important in a busy commercial kitchen where it’s easy for things to get overlooked.

A deep cleaning calendar can help you train new employees on your deep cleaning procedures. Most restaurants and commercial kitchens require their employees to undergo food safety training. A cleaning calendar can help ensure that your employees are familiar with the deep cleaning procedures and know what needs to be done and when.

Finally, a cleaning calendar can help you keep your kitchen running smoothly and efficiently. A well-organized kitchen is a safe and productive kitchen.

Can I benefit from a deep cleaning company rather than using my team?

The answer is, it depends. If you have a small business with a limited budget, then it may be best to use your team. However, if you have a large business or restaurant, then you may benefit from hiring a professional deep cleaning company.

A professional deep cleaning company are experts in commercial kitchen cleaning and has the knowledge and experience to get the job done right.

They have access to professional-grade equipment and supplies that your team may not have access to.

They can also complete the job in a shorter amount of time than your team could, allowing you to get back to business sooner.

Let’s Get Started

Take a look at the example checklists below and make them fit your restaurant’s needs before teaching your team to follow them. Remember, your diligence will be rewarded, protecting both your staff and customers while keeping your business in tip-top shape.

Sidenote: This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be legal, financial, employment, or other professional advice. You are responsible for your own compliance with laws and rules. For advice on your specific situation, contact your attorney or other appropriate professionals.

Cleaning Supplies Needed

In order to clean a commercial kitchen, you will need some specific supplies. Below is a list of the most common supplies needed for deep cleaning a kitchen.

Some of these items may be specific to your restaurant, so be sure to check with your supervisor before beginning your deep cleaning project.

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Scrub brushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Etc.

Where to Start?

It’s easy to get lost in a deep cleaning project, this cleaning checklist will help you focus on keeping the most important areas clean.

Monthly Deep Cleaning Checklist

Monthly deep cleaning can be a big job, so be sure to allow yourself and your team enough time to get it all done.

  • Clean Kitchen floors, Ceiling, and Vents
  • Clean Walk-in Coolers & Freezers
  • Clean Ovens & Stoves
  • Clean Hoods & Filters
  • Clean Grease Traps
  • Clean Sinks & Drains
  • Clean Floors, Walls, and Shelving in all storage areas
  • Clean Bathrooms
  • Clean Carpets & Upholstery
  • Clean Windows
  • Replace pest traps
  • Etc

As you can see, there’s a lot to do when deep cleaning a commercial kitchen. But with this monthly checklist, you can be sure that you’re covering all of your bases.

Weekly Deep Cleaning Checklist

This list is a lot more important. These are the things that need to be cleaned on a weekly basis to maintain food safety and hygiene in your kitchen.

  • Clean & Vacuum Floors
  • Wipe or dust all surfaces
  • Clean & disinfect all cutting boards
  • Wash all pots, pans, and dishes
  • Empty all trash cans and replace liners
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Spray and wipe down all glass surfaces and mirrors
  • Sanitize and scrub toilets
  • Clean behind any movable equipment
  • Check any pest prevention traps that may need cleaning or replacing
  • Etc

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning & overall upkeep can make or break a commercial kitchen. By keeping up with this checklist, you can ensure that your kitchen is always clean and safe.

Daily Deep Cleaning Checklist

Now that we’ve covered what needs to be cleaned every month and week, let’s look at your daily cleaning routine checklist.

  • Spray and wipe down high-traffic surfaces like door handles, railings, seats, and tabletops
  • Spot clean windows and doors
  • Check bathrooms for cleanliness
  • Spray and wipe down all tabletops
  • Clean and sanitize bathroom surfaces
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Vacuum or sweep as needed
  • Empty trash as needed
  • Wash Dishes & Equipment as needed
  • Wipe and sanitize food prep surfaces and polish all stainless steel surfaces
  • Wipe & Sanitize refrigeration units
  • Scrape down griddles and grills
  • Clean any big spills or splatters
  • Etc

This Daily checklist can help you manage your time and keep your kitchen clean throughout the day.

In Conclusion

By following these deep cleaning checklists, you can be sure that your commercial kitchen is always up to code and ready for business. These checklists are a great starting point, but be sure to tailor them to fit your specific needs. And as always, if you have any questions, be sure to ask your supervisor or other appropriate professionals.

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