Here is a handy list that outlines how to keep your restaurant kitchen spic and span. Some jobs should be done several times a day, while others only need to be done weekly or monthly.

Clean throughout every cooking shift

• Brush grill between cooking red meat, poultry and fish
• Wipe down the line and prep areas
• Switch cutting boards
• Change sanitizing water and cleaning rags
• Empty trash bins

Clean after each cooking shift (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

• Clean the fryers
• Brush the grill
• Empty sanitizing buckets
• Put all cleaning rags in dirty laundry
• Put all aprons and chefs coats in laundry (not with cleaning rags)
• Wash and sanitize all surfaces (cutting boards, reach-in, line, prep tables)
• Empty steam table and clean
• Wash meat and cheese slicer after each use
• Cover all bins in reach-in cooler with plastic wrap
• Wash floor mats
Sweep and mop the kitchen floor
Sweep walk-in refrigerator

Daily Kitchen Cleaning List

• Clean out grease traps
• Change foil linings of grill, range and flattops
• Wash the can opener
• Run hood filters through the dishwasher

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning List - these duties can be rotated throughout the week

• Empty reach-in coolers and wash and sanitize them
• Delime sinks and faucets
• Clean coffee machine
• Clean the ovens. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instruction on this particular job.
• Sharpen knives
• Oil cast iron cookware
• Use drain cleaners on floor drains

Monthly Kitchen Cleaning List

• Wash behind the hot line (oven, stove, fryers) to cut down on grease build up, which is a major fire hazard
• Clean freezers
• Empty and sanitize the ice machine
• Calibrate ovens
• Calibrate thermometers
• Sharpen the meat and cheese slicer
• Wash walls and ceilings
• Wipe down the dry storage area
• Change any pest traps
• Restock your first aid kit
• Update your material safety data sheets, which outline how to safely use any chemicals in your restaurant

Yearly Kitchen Cleaning/Safety List

• Check fire suppression system
• Check fire extinguishers (this may need to be done twice a year, depending on where you live)
• Clean hoods twice a year

• Clean pilot lights on gas kitchen equipment (Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instruction)

Curtis Restaurant Supply has everything you need to keep your kitchen clean, safe, and equipment in top condition. Call  918-622-7390 or stop by today. (Directions)