Our Ultimate Restaurant Cleaning Checklist

Restaurant cleaning is not only a regulatory matter. These days customers often expect very high standards of their eateries, and can be quick to notice any lapse in hygiene and cleanliness no matter how wonderful the food, coffee or the cocktails are. On top of that, a series of bad online reviews about hygiene standards is not a good look!

When it comes to cleaning your restaurant or café, there are many areas to consider, and it can be easy to miss something small – which of course someone will invariably notice! As such we’ve put together a list of areas in restaurants that need cleaning each day. This is not necessarily exhaustive, and of course won’t be totally applicable for every restaurant or café since they are all different, but it could be used as a general template or guide.

Daily cleaning checklist for your restaurant

Entrance area:

  • Front door – wipe down, disinfect door knobs and clean any glass surfaces.
  • Clean door mats.
  • Mop or vacuum the floor area.

Customer areas:

  • Dust and wipe down tables, chairs and booths.
  • Clean counters and counter walls.
  • Clean the glass on refrigerated displays.
  • Empty bins and re-line.
  • Vacuum carpets and mop floors.
  • Spot clean any spills.


  • Tidy up and clean the cashier area.
  • Dust drink shelves.
  • Wipe and clean coffee machine.
  • Clean appliances such as juicers and milk machines.


  • Clean and disinfect toilets.
  • Clean hand-basins.
  • Wipe down mirrors.
  • Clean doors and sanitise door knobs.


  • Clean all kitchen equipment, including blenders, slicers, microwaves and grills.
  • Clear and clean sinks and dishwashing areas.
  • Clean and sanitise food preparation areas, including cutting boards.
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Mop floors.
  • Empty bins and re-line.


  • Clean/sanitise light switches, door knobs, menus and other areas touched by people during the day.

As well as daily cleaning, it’s also a good idea to have a thorough ‘spring clean’ every so often – perhaps once or twice each year, or more often if necessary.

The value of a professional restaurant cleaning service

At the end of a busy shift, probably the last thing you feel like doing is cleaning and sanitising! Professionally-trained restaurant and commercial kitchen cleaners have all the equipment and expertise required to do a thorough job, as well as hospital-grade environmentally-safe disinfectant products.

This means you can go home and rest knowing that your restaurant or café is being taken care of. High standards of professional restaurant cleaning not only help your outlet looking good, they also keep it safe for your staff and customers by reducing the risk of infection.

To sum up, make top-notch daily cleaning and hygiene a number one priority in your restaurant or café, and you’ll be much more likely to get the tick of approval from your customers!

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