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Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Foodservice Operation

By Carla Landi


As we all prepare for restaurant dining rooms to open again, restaurant owners have a lot to do to prepare. Winco put together a great reference for restaurants about cleaning and sanitizing their foodservice operation, as outlined in the steps below.


First of all, the steps to properly cleaning a restaurant can be broken down into four categories:

Clean – to remove surface soils

Sanitize – to kill 99.9% of germs (bacteria) Accepted as food safe by public health dept

Disinfect – to kill 99.9999 of all germs (bacterial & virus)

Food Safe – chemicals labeled as safe to use in food preparation areas

So, what is needed to get the job done in each area of the operation?


Dining Room – Tables & Stations

  • Green & Red Cleaning Buckets in 3 & 6 qt sizes
  • Spray Bottles with color-coded sprayers
  • Microfiber Kitchen Towels
  • Cleaning Sponges

Kitchen – Buffet Line – Salad Bar

  • HAACP Color Coded Cutting Board Brushes
  • Sponge Scrub Pad
  • Herringbone Bar Towel
  • Utility Pails in 10 & 14 qt sizes
  • Equipment Brushes

Bar – Beverage Station

  • Glass Washer Brushes
  • Beer Mug Washer
  • Coffee Decanter Brush
  • Glass Polishing Towel
  • White Bar Towel


  • Yellow Mop Bucket/Wringer Combo
  • Red Mop Bucket/Wringer Combo > Restrooms
  • Wet Mop in microfiber or blended loop-end/banded and cut-end sizes
  • Wet Floor Signs
  • Dust Mops
  • Angle Broom
  • Dust Pans
  • Deck Brooms – 10” Scrub Brush or 12” Multi Angle Scrub Brush


  • Black Latex Gloves
  • Toilet Brush
  • Plunger
  • Sanitary Seat Cover & Dispenser
  • Soap Dispenser / Sanitizer Dispenser
  • Square Container with ‘no touch’ lid

 General Purpose – Storage Room

  • Wipes Dispenser
  • Glove Dispenser – regular & large box
  • Brick Pack Mop Dispenser
  • Mop & Broom Rack

Before opening the doors for diners again, it’s a good idea to clean, sanitize, disinfect, and ensure food safety of the entire operation before welcoming all your guests back in for business. Assign people to these tasks and have a regular schedule that can be easily followed. We all look forward to getting back to our favorite restaurants for dine-in enjoyment.


Thank you to Winco for providing this great resource and guide. Click here for a resource of products provided by Winco.