How to deep clean commercial kitchen equipment

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If your kitchen is closed or you are planning to sell equipment, it’s time for a proper deep clean – the sort of cleaning that's usually hard to do when a restaurant is busy 7 days a week.

Here's how to clean your equipment safely and quickly - we have included links to short, helpful videos to demonstrate each process.


Remember important Safety Principles:

  • Download the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions – a quick Google search will find them
  • Wear commercial gloves, clothing, covered shoes and a face mask
  • Read the safety instructions for the cleaning chemicals you use
  • Check that staff can understand what’s written in safety and cleaning instructions
  • Clean gently to avoid scratching surfaces and reducing the value of your equipment
  • Baking powder and vinegar are good alternative cleaners – much cheaper than commercial products and easier on the environment

How to Clean Ovens and Pizza Ovens


  • Disconnect the power and gas supply
  • Cool the oven and remove wire racks and supports – clean them separately in a tub
  • Use warm water and soap on the interior, and use a nylon brush and rags if there’s baked on grease
  • Avoid steel wool and scourers as they can damage the surface
  • Avoid getting water near electrical connections, switches and interior lights
  • If using commercial cleaning and degreasing chemicals, follow the instructions carefully
  • Always use the correct cleaning products and processes for a Combi Oven, otherwise you may void the warranty

VIDEO: How to clean a Commercial Oven

VIDEO: How to clean a Conveyor Pizza Oven

VIDEO: How to clean a regular Pizza Oven

VIDEO: How to clean a Combi Oven

VIDEO: How to clean a commercial Popcorn Machine



How to Clean Fryers, Stove Tops and Flat Top Grills


  • Disconnect the power and gas supply
  • Use warm water and soap, and use a nylon brush and rags if there’s baked on grease
  • Take care with scourers and cleaning bricks that they are suitable for the surface being cleaned – avoid on chrome surfaces
  • Avoid getting water near electrical connections, switches and interior lights
  • If using commercial cleaning and degreasing chemicals, follow the instructions carefully

VIDEO: How to clean a Flat Top Grill

VIDEO: How to clean a Deep Fryer

VIDEO: How to clean a Stove Top



How to Clean Refrigerators, Freezers and Ice Machines


  • Disconnect the power supply
  • Remove all racks and supports – clean these separately
  • Use warm water and soap on the interior, and use a nylon brush and rags if there’s stubborn dirt
  • Avoid steel wool and scourers as they can damage the surface - take extra care with plastic surfaces
  • Avoid getting water near electrical connections, switches and interior lights
  • Baking powder is good for polishing stainless steel – cheaper than commercial products and easier on the environment

VIDEO: How to clean a Commercial Refrigerator or Freezer

VIDEO: How to clean a Commercial Ice Machine

VIDEO: How to clean a Commercial Refrigerator Condenser Coil

VIDEO: How to Clean Stainless Steel in a Kitchen


Returning equipment to SilverChef?


Cleaning and servicing costs are determined by the equipment’s condition when it is returned. Each item is rated from 1-5, and you can save on cleaning and servicing costs if you return the equipment in excellent condition. Here’s how we assess it:


  1. Excellent Condition - no internal or external cleaning required and requires safety checks only
  2. Good Condition - basic clean and/or basic manufacturer maintenance and incidentals required only
  3. Average Condition - full clean and/or full servicing and parts required
  4. Poor Condition - extensive cleaning and/or major servicing, parts and accessories required
  5. Very Poor Condition - extensive cleaning and/or major service & repair work required
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