How to Clean Restaurant Equipment

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Restaurant equipment can get dirty over time, causing buildup and stains. Most restaurant equipment is made of stainless steel and requires a certain cleaning method. It is always best to clean equipment when it first gets dirty because the risk of staining decreases. Cleaning restaurant equipment involves using strong cleaning agents and scrubbing tools. With time and the right supplies, you can clean restaurant equipment, making it look brand new.

Clean restaurant equipment daily to prevent dirt buildup. Buildup can be caused by splattered food and grease. Daily cleanup will increase the life of the equipment, ensuring that it works for years to come. Carefully read and follow the cleaning instructions for each piece of equipment. Following the instructions will prevent damage to the equipment.

Use a terry cloth and water to wipe the loose dirt from the stainless steel equipment. It is best to wipe with the grain of the stainless steel. Rubbing against the grain can cause permanent scratches. Terry cloth is soft enough to wipe the steel, but there is always a possibility that it can damage the stainless steel. Water should clean off the surface dirt from the restaurant equipment. Pour the water into the terry cloth before cleaning, to prevent water damage to the equipment.

Use a mild detergent to remove the dirt and grease that is stuck on the equipment. Lightly rub the areas with a sponge to release the buildup. Carefully follow the directions on the detergent to get the best results. Use a damp cloth to rinse off the detergent.

Dry the equipment with a dry towel. Make sure that every edge and crevice is dry. The equipment has to be dry to ensure that it continues to work properly.

Contact the manufacturer of the restaurant equipment if you are not sure how to clean it. A representative of the manufacturer will give you detailed maintenance for each piece of equipment.


  • Purchase restaurant equipment that is easy to clean. It is a good idea to purchase equipment that can be removed and put back together easily.