Business Kitchen Cleaning Guide – The Best Way to Clean a Commercial Kitchen


Business Kitchen Cleaning Guide – The Best Way to Clean a Commercial Kitchen
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Cleanliness is probably the most important part of a kitchen, especially in commercial settings like a restaurant. Not only routine commercial cleaning makes the kitchen look tidy and attractive but also it helps keep the germs away, which is crucial for the health safety of the business customers.

Now, there are many ways to clean a restaurant kitchen, but the best way is to do it in steps. By dividing the big job into smaller tasks, better and more efficient results can be achieved.

Note: Cleaning the commercial kitchen by yourself is not recommended. It can take up a lot of time and cause safety hazards if you are not careful or have some experience in professional cleaning. The best alternative is to hire expert kitchen cleaning services from a professional agency like Clean Group.

Business Kitchen Cleaning Tools & Equipment

For the cleaning of a commercial kitchen, one would need a variety of cleaning equipment, including but not limited to –

  • Microfibre cloths (colour-coded)
  • Mop buckets (colour-coded)
  • Dustpan
  • Brush
  • Cleaning gloves and mask
  • Multipurpose cleaning solution
  • Disinfectant & Sterilizers
  • Vacuum cleaner

How often should Business kitchens be cleaned?

The ideal frequency to clean a commercial kitchen depends on the type and use of the kitchen. For the kitchens of large restaurants that are heavily used, daily basic cleaning and weekly deep cleaning are recommended.

In addition, different parts of the kitchen have different cleaning needs. For example, surfaces and utensils get dirty daily and, therefore, must be cleaned daily. The same is true for things like sinks, gas stoves, counters, etc. On the other hand, less frequently used and heavy items such as ovens, fridges, bins, etc. can be cleaned weekly or fortnightly, depending on the use.

Now comes the cleaning part. As mentioned before, the best way to ensure efficient kitchen cleaning is to do the big job in smaller parts. Here’s how we do it at Clean Group.

Cleaning a Business Kitchen – The Clean Group Approach

The cleaners at Clean Group will divide the kitchen cleaning job into multiple parts, to make things smooth and less complicated. Normally, the tasks in the list would look something like this:

  • Cleaning the surfaces
  • Cleaning the floors – removing grease
  • Cleaning the sink
  • Cleaning the dishwasher
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Cleaning a kitchen fridge
  • Cleaning a microwave
  • Cleaning the carpet
  • Cleaning of other areas/parts of the kitchen
  • Touchpoint cleaning & disinfection

Note: This guide is for deep kitchen cleaning, which can be done weekly or monthly and is intended to remove all types of dirt, debris and germs from the place.

Cleaning the surfaces

Hard surfaces such as kitchen counters, shelves, walls, etc. are likely to accumulate bacteria and germs without proper and regular cleaning.

For the cleaning of hard surfaces like counters and cutting boards that are in direct touch with food, use a food-grade sanitizing spray to clean the surfaces and remove germs. After cleaning the surfaces, allow them to dry naturally.

Before you start to clean a surface, make sure to remove all items and debris from it. Use a clean, microfibre cloth to wipe the surfaces. If there are stains or grease, use a multipurpose cleaner to remove them.

Disinfect all the surfaces using a food-grade sanitiser solution. Avoid overusing the sanitiser and let it sit on the surface for at least a few minutes.

Cleaning the floors

Floors are generally the dirtiest part of a kitchen. Not only all your kitchen staff, cleaners and waiters move around the floors frequently, but also food might get spilled on the floor multiple times during the day, causing stains and dirt that can become sticky if not deal with on time. A sparkling kitchen floor also helps boost employee morale as well as improves air quality.

For the cleaning of the large kitchen floors, professional commercial cleaners use specialised machines that can give efficient cleaning results in less time. A multi-purpose cleaner is generally the best and only solution one would need to clean the kitchen floors.

To clean hard-to-reach places like underneath the heavy equipment and corners, manual cleaning using a large broom and mop is recommended. Sweeping the floor to remove dirt, dust and debris, followed by mopping using a cloth is generally the best way to ensure 100% cleaning.

Removing grease off the kitchen floors

To remove grease and stains from the floors, use a paper towel or cloth to remove as much grease as possible. Then, use a good quality kitchen degreaser to loosen the grease/stain. It should not take more than 10 minutes. Once the stain is loose, you can simply remove it using a paper cloth or wipe.

Remove the stains/grease before cleaning or mopping the floors.

Cleaning the sink

The kitchen sink hosts dirty utensils and food waste throughout the day, which is why it can soon become the breeding ground for germs if not cleaned and maintained regularly. At the end of each day, thoroughly clean the sink using a commercial detergent or cleaning product. To prevent the clogging of the sink, avoid pouring oil or grease into it.

If there is already grease depositing inside the sink, use a suitable grease remover to clean the sink and the pipe.

The whole sink must be then sanitised using a TGA-approved disinfectant.

Cleaning the dishwasher

To properly clean a dishwasher, soft water is the best, as hard water may not clean properly. To deeply clean the dishwasher, a multipurpose cleaner or detergent is perfect. Use the cleaning solution to manually clean the dishwasher, including everything from the door to cabinets and seals. Scrub all the parts using a sponge brush, water it down and wipe using a clean cloth.

After cleaning, leave the dishwasher door open for a few minutes to let it dry properly. Do the same every time after cleaning dishes.

Cleaning the oven

Oven cleaning must only be done by professional kitchen cleaners who have access to the right commercial cleaning supplies and methods. Heavy smoke in the kitchen oven is a sign that it’s time to clean the oven. When cleaning the kitchen oven, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use an approved cleaning supply.

Oven cleaning products used by professional cleaners are highly effective in breaking down tough stains, making the job easier and complete in less time.

Before you start cleaning the kitchen oven, make sure to cover the floor underneath using paper towels to prevent liquid from storing and creating a mess on the floor. Remove and clean oven shelves separately using an industrial cleaning solution. If there are stains inside the oven, remove them manually using a spoon or turner. Now, clean the inside of the oven using detergent or a cleaning solution. Avoid spraying water on the heating elements and the fan.

Leave the solution for some time and then clean thoroughly using a scrubbing sponge or a brush. Use a clean microfibre cloth to wipe the oven from the inside out.

Cleaning a kitchen fridge

Commercial kitchen fridges are usually larger in size and must be professionally cleaned at least once a month. First, empty the fridge and remove any visible debris and stains manually. Remove and clean shelves & drawers separately. Use a multi-purpose cleaner to clean the fridge walls, the door, seams, etc. Wipe down using a clean cloth when done. Disinfect the fridge door and handle as needed.

Make sure to turn the fridge back on once you are done cleaning it.

Cleaning a microwave

Use a microwave-compatible cleaning solution to clean the inside and outside of the microwave. Remove the stains manually or with a cleaning product. Wipe it dry when done.

Cleaning the carpet

Though commercial kitchens do not usually have carpets on their floors, as they can get very dirty very fast, if there are carpets on your floors, clean them daily using a vacuum machine. Once a week or month, get the kitchen carpets steam cleaned or pressure washed by professional carpet cleaners.

Cleaning of other areas/parts of the kitchen

Other areas and parts of the kitchen, including shelves, drains, underneath appliances, walls, windows, ventilation systems, etc. must also be cleaned regularly.

Touchpoint cleaning & disinfection

For areas and surfaces that are touched/used more frequently than others, cleaning followed by disinfection is recommended. To disinfect door handles, light switches, phone receivers, countertops, tabletops, fridge doors, etc., use a proper food-grade sanitiser.

What makes Clean Group the best company for Business Kitchen Cleaning

Clean Group is an experienced and reliable company providing commercial kitchen cleaning services to Sydney restaurants and businesses. We have a team of seasoned commercial cleaners equipped with the right tools & resources for efficient kitchen cleaning.

There are a number of things that we do differently than other cleaning companies in Sydney. For example, we use only eco-friendly cleaning products that are certified safe for the environment and people. Second, we use colour-coded equipment, including buckets and microfibre cloths, that helps avoid cross-contamination in sensitive premises like kitchens.

There are many other small but significant things. Our cleaners will pay attention to the smallest of details and make your kitchens both clean and germ-free, no matter the type of your property. We offer customised cleaning plans, and our manager will personally offer you a tailor-made quote after closely examining your kitchen’s cleaning needs and scope. The quote is free and non-obligatory. Also, our prices are the best in the industry, and we are one of the few cleaning companies to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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About the Author

Hi, this is Beau. I am a full-time accountant and part-time writer, working with Clean Group for over six years now. I mostly work at the back end, managing the company accounts and keeping everything organised. Having been in this business for almost a decade now, I know how to successfully manage a cleaning business and bring profits without compromising quality and ensuring the best value of money for my customers. I also routinely participate in the process to create cleaning packages that are centred on customers’ needs and designed to be affordable yet profitable for the company.

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