Restaurant Cleaning Checklist: Tips and Tricks for Food Businesses

November 24, 2021 by No Comments

Food businesses need to ensure high standards of cleanliness. This is crucial for food safety and the prevention of food-borne illnesses outbreaks. Restaurant managers and owners can use a detailed checklist for restaurant cleaning to maintain a clean environment. A detailed restaurant cleaning checklist should include a back-of-house cleaning checklist and a dining room list (front-of-house cleaning). 

All Australian food businesses must comply with all federal and state legislation. This includes keeping the establishment clean and safe. Clean restaurants are more likely to have to return customers, which leads to higher revenue and greater success. 

To ensure a clean and compliant dining experience, use the following checklist.

Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

It is important to follow a kitchen cleaning routine to ensure food safety. It is essential to prevent food contamination and other food-borne diseases, but it is also the law. EHOs can inspect Australian food businesses at any time. Fines and even closure can be imposed on food businesses that do not comply with food safety laws. 

The following checklist will help you determine what needs to be cleaned in your kitchen each day, week and month. It is a good rule of thumb to clean and sanitize anything in direct contact with food. Even items that are not in direct contact with food should be cleaned but not necessarily sanitized. When using the checklist, remember the following:

  • Cleaning Removes dirt, soil, chemical residues, and allergens from equipment and work surfaces.
  • Manual Cleaning is Cleaning that uses a bucket or sinks with detergent and water
  • Sanitising eliminates pathogens from food contact surfaces. After cleaning, sanitizing is done.

Daily

Surfaces

  • Clean and sanitize walls that have been contaminated by food
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces in areas of food preparation
  • Clean and sanitize food preparation sinks
  • Cleanse and mop floors
  • sweep walk-in refrigerators
  • Storage areas for sweeps
  • If they are being used for high-risk food or heavy amounts, clean and sanitize the garbage bins.

Equipment

  • Manually clean cooking surfaces like grills, ranges, and fryers. Make sure to clean underneath.
  • Change the foil lining at the top of ranges and grills 
  • Manually clean equipment (beverage makers, espresso machines and coffee machines, microwaves, toasters etc.).
  • Manually clean soda dispenser tips and heads
  • Clean and sanitize utensils and flatware, as well as glassware.

Other products

  • Wash rags, towels and uniforms in the washing machine
  • Refill soap dispensers
  • Replace empty paper towels
  • Get rid of all recycling
  • Indoor garbage can be disposed of

Weekly

Surfaces

  • Hand wash the limescale from the faucets and sinks 
  • Clean and sanitize walk-in freezers and refrigerators
  • Floor drains can be manually cleaned with a drain cleaner
  • Clean and sanitize garbage bins, if necessary, daily 

Equipment

  • Manually clean ovens (be certain to clean the walls and door as well as racks).
  • Manually clean the deep fryer (boil)

Other products

  • Manually clean your floor mats
  • At least twice per week, empty your outdoor garbage cans

Monthly

Surfaces

  • Manually clean the ceiling and walls
  • Manually clean the hotline
  • Vent hoods can be manually cleaned (every couple of months).

Equipment

  • Clean and sanitize the expresso and coffee machines
  • Clean, empty and sanitize the ice machine every 6 months
  • Clean and sanitize the freezer
  • Refrigerator coils can be manually cleaned
  • Empty grease traps

Other products

  • Replace pest traps

Checklist for Front-of-House Cleaning

Customers will enjoy a safe and healthy dining experience if the front of the house is kept clean. Customers expect to be greeted with a clean, inviting environment when they visit a restaurant. Unclean restaurants can turn away customers and cause financial problems for businesses. A cleaning checklist is used to ensure that the restaurant’s dining room and other areas are clean. 

The following checklist will help you determine what needs to be done in your front-of-house.

Daily

Surfaces

  • As necessary, clean the walls manually
  • Manually clean counters
  • vacuum carpets
  • Clean and mop floors
  • Clean and sanitize door handles and railings
  • Clean and sanitize elevator buttons/access buttons

Furniture

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

Restrooms

  • Clean and sanitize the restroom surfaces
  • disinfect toilets
  • Hand wash the toilet sinks
  • Empty all feminine hygiene containers/bins
  • Bathroom garbage can be disposed of
  • Vacuum and mop the restroom floors
  • Clean and sanitize door handles and railings

Other products

  • Clean and sanitize condiments/salt and pepper shakers
  • Washcloth napkins, tablecloths and aprons in the washing machine.
  • Empty garbage cans
  • Clean and sanitize garbage bins
  • Clean and sanitize credit card machines
  • Clean and sanitize menus

Weekly

Surfaces

  • Manually clean light fixtures
  • Glass doors and windows can be manually cleaned

Monthly

Surfaces

  • Dust items on walls (e.g., artwork or decorations
  • All walls can be manually cleaned

To run a compliant and successful food business, you must adhere to all food safety regulations. A clean, safe business is paramount. Food businesses can organize their cleaning tasks into weekly, monthly, and daily categories to ensure that they are completed as required. Restaurant managers and owners can use the checklist to ensure a clean and safe environment. 

For a more efficient way to implement their cleaning plan, food businesses can download the AIFS Restaurant Cleaning List and print it.

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