A Quick Guide to Spring Cleaning from Restaurant Cleaning Experts

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First impressions last and, most of the time for restaurants, a sparkling clean (or very dirty) dining area is the only thing anyone will remember. Keeping your restaurant clean  shows customers you care about hygiene and creates a pleasant dining experience—no matter what the season. A clean and inviting space means you’re putting your best foot forward and customers will surely stay longer and come back for more. For spring, nothing’s more important than spring cleaning. If you haven’t started yet, it’s time to give your restaurant a good spring cleaning.

Dining Area 

The dining area is the heart of your restaurant, where guests gather to enjoy a delightful meal.  But even the most diligent cleaning routine might miss some hidden spots. To create a truly flawless dining experience this spring, let’s focus on those often-overlooked areas:

  1. Under the Tables: It’s easy to overlook what’s beneath the tables, but a quick check might reveal gum or stubborn stains accumulated over the winter.
  2. Frames and Wall Surfaces: Dust tends to settle on the tops of frames and along the walls. Take this opportunity to give them a thorough dusting, including door frames and window sills. Don’t forget to clean the blinds and curtains for a complete refresh.
  3. Fans: Dust can accumulate on ceiling fans, impacting both aesthetics and air quality. Wipe them down to ensure they’re ready for increased use during the warmer months.
  4. Plant Leaves: Dust can hinder plants’ ability to absorb sunlight. Dust off leaves and consider rearranging them for a fresh look and optimal growth.
  5. Upholstery and Cushions: Don’t forget to vacuum or steam clean upholstery and cushions to remove any trapped dirt or odors.
  6. Light Fixtures: Dust and grime can accumulate on light fixtures, affecting both their appearance and brightness. Wipe down light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs for a brighter ambiance.
  7. Flooring: Deep clean carpets and rugs to remove winter grime and refresh the space. For hard flooring, mop thoroughly and pay attention to baseboards and corners where dust tends to gather.
  8. Windows: Give windows a streak-free shine by using a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to clean the window tracks for a complete overhaul.

Kitchen Area

The dining room may be sparkling, but the kitchen – the heart of your delicious operation – needs some love too!  Spring is the perfect time to tackle those hidden spots where winter grime has built up. Here are some key areas for a deep clean:

  1. Ice Machine: With summer approaching, your ice machine will be working overtime. Clean the filters, defrost the machine, and give it a thorough cleaning to ensure optimal performance.
  2. Drink Dispenser: Run a system cleaner through soda and beer dispensers to maintain hygiene and quality. Don’t forget about coffee pots; they deserve a deep clean too.
  3. Refrigerator Coils: Clean coils monthly to keep your refrigerator running efficiently and prolong its lifespan.
  4. Burner Equipment Sides: Ensure all equipment is cleaned thoroughly, including areas not in direct contact with food. Use specialized cleaners to tackle grease and hard-water buildup.

More Restaurant Spring Cleaning Tips:

  1. Deodorize with Coffee Grounds: Lingering kitchen odors? Coffee grounds are your secret weapon! Place bowls filled with spent coffee grounds around the kitchen to absorb unpleasant smells. The grounds can be composted afterward for an eco-friendly bonus.
  2. Spring Scents: Diffuse essential oils with uplifting scents like lemon, grapefruit, or lavender to create a fresh and inviting ambiance.  Just be sure to choose diffusers and oils that are safe for food service environments.
  3. Natural Light:  Studies show that natural light can boost mood and energy levels. Maximize sunlight by giving your windows a thorough cleaning, inside and out. Consider rearranging furniture to allow for more natural light to reach dining areas. This will not only brighten your space but also set the stage for a more inviting atmosphere as the days grow longer.
  4. Time to Upgrade: A deep clean can only do so much. Here are some items you might consider upgrading for a fresh look: Consider refreshing your space with new paint if stains persist. Update chipped or stained dishes and pans for a professional presentation. Don’t forget your menu covers – invest in replacements if they’re scratched or dirty to maintain a polished look for your customers.

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Success

To ensure a smooth and efficient spring cleaning process, consider creating a checklist that outlines the tasks and areas you want to tackle. Here’s a basic template to get you started:

Dining Area

  • Clean tables and chairs
  • Mop floors
  • Clean windows and blinds
  • Dust light fixtures and fans
  • Deep clean upholstery and cushions
  • Refresh table settings (linens, flowers)


  • Deep clean all appliances (ovens, grills, fryers, etc.)
  • Clean and sanitize prep surfaces and utensils
  • Organize and declutter storage areas
  • Clean exhaust hood and filters
  • Deep clean floors and drains


  • Refill soap and paper towel dispensers
  • Clean and sanitize toilets and sinks
  • Polish mirrors and chrome fixtures
  • Refresh air fresheners (opt for natural options)
  • Add a touch of greenery with potted plants

Outdoor Areas

  • Remove winter debris (leaves, branches)
  • Power wash patios and walkways
  • Clean and arrange outdoor furniture
  • Inspect and repair any damaged furniture

Spring Cleaning Made Easy—Let Us Help!

A busy kitchen being cleaned by restaurant cleaners

Feeling overwhelmed by the spring cleaning task list?  We get it! Here at Restaurant Cleaners, we’re INSURED and have an EXPERIENCED team. We’ve helped everyone from local favorites to major chains, earning the TRUST of businesses across the industry.
Let us take the stress out of spring cleaning with our professional services.  We’ll ensure your restaurant glimmers with a deep clean, allowing you to focus on what you do best – creating delicious food and memorable dining experiences. Contact us today for a free quote and a sparkling spring season!



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