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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist for Restaurants

It’s that time of year! If you haven’t already, it’s time to pull out the cleaning supplies and get your restaurant back on track for another year of success! In this article, you will find a complete list of what should be included in your restaurant spring cleaning. We’ve also included a handy cleaning checklist for you to print out and mark off as you go to ensure the best possible cleaning.

Kitchen Hood System

Over time, grease, dust and other buildup forms on the kitchen exhaust, or hood system and surrounding areas, reducing the amount of heat and smoke that can escape the building. Failure to keep the hood and surrounding areas clean can significantly increase the risk of fire, which can result in even worse: death.

If your restaurant catches fire and you’re unable to show your insurance agent proof of a professional hood cleaning, you risk losing your insurance and not getting covered for the disaster.

Here is your hood cleaning checklist:

  • Wash grease cups

  • Remove buildup from exhaust hood filters

  • Empty grease catch

  • Check fan belt and remove any build up

  • Wipe grease off the Ansul system

  • Wipe down light fixtures

Kitchen Equipment

The kitchen hoods aren’t the only pieces of equipment that can lead to dangerous outcomes! All other cooking equipment accumulates build up over time, increasing the risk of fire.

But cleaning kitchen equipment isn’t just to reduce the risk of fires. Clean equipment can enhance the flavor of the food and cooks the food more evenly.

Here is what you need to be deep cleaning this spring:

  • Fryers

  • Stoves

  • Ovens

  • Pizza ovens

  • Flat tops

  • Refrigerators

  • Freezers

  • Dishwashers

  • Charbroilers

  • Salamanders

  • Grills

  • And all other equipment!

Kitchen Area


hough your entire restaurant should always be clean, your restaurant kitchen should be especially clean. Keeping up on your kitchen cleaning reduces: the number of pathogens and other illness causing agents that can infect the food you serve, the risk of getting shut down by inspectors, and slip and falls.

Here is your restaurant kitchen cleaning checklist:

  • Wipe down walls

  • Wipe down walls BEHIND equipment

  • Sweep and mop floors

  • Clean floors BEHIND equipment

  • Sanitize food prep areas

  • Sanitize utensils, dishes and glassware

  • Sanitize and remove buildup from pots and pans

  • Clean sinks and countertops

  • Wash towels, aprons and uniforms

  • Sanitize ice machine

  • Deep clean beverage dispenser

  • Take out all trash

  • Disinfect trash cans

  • Refill soap containers

  • Wipe down exit signs

  • Wipe down light fixtures

Dining Area

Enhance your customers experience with not only great food, but a clean dining area where they can enjoy the company they’re with.

To ensure your customers have the best experience (aside from the great food you serve!), we recommend you:

  • Wipe down walls

  • Sanitize tables and chairs/benches

  • Wash all napkins and table cloths

  • Clean off the bottles of condiments

  • Clean salt and pepper shakers

  • Sweep and mop floors

  • Vacuum carpets

  • Shampoo carpets

  • Take out all trash

  • Disinfect trash cans

  • Wipe down light fixtures

  • Clean windows

  • Wipe down exit signs


As surprising as it may sound, some people make choices on restaurant dining (whether it’s a fast food restaurant or fine dining) by the cleanliness of a bathroom. Top your customers experience and ensure to mark off the following as often as possible:

  • Sanitize sink and countertops

  • Disinfect toilets

  • Take out all trash

  • Disinfect trash cans

  • Restock toilet paper and paper towels

  • Refill soap containers

  • Wipe down light fixtures

Outside of the building

An important thing to remember is that the outside of your building is oftentimes your customers first impression of your restaurant – so make it a good one! Improving the outside appearance can result in more foot traffic, resulting in higher revenue. And remember, cleaning goes beyond just the main door. It extends to the sidewalks, parking lot, drive-thru, and even trash cans.

Here is your outdoor cleaning checklist:

  • Clean business signs

  • Power wash building

  • Power wash sidewalks

  • Power wash drive-thru

  • Power wash dumpster pads

  • Power wash parking lot/asphalt

  • Disinfect trash cans

  • Wipe down light fixtures

Sounds like a lot, right? But we promise you, it’ll be worth it!

If restaurant cleaning can’t be squeezed into your busy day, the Houston hood cleaning and power washing professionals at Rujo Hood Cleaning are here for you. Call us at 832-639-4115 or visit us online at today to get a FREE quote.


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