• Danielle Fowler

Your Kitchen and Break Room Cleaning Checklist

The kitchen is one of the most frequently used and problematic spaces in the modern office. Kitchens or break rooms are some of the most high-traffic areas since everyone in the office shares the same space to eat lunch, make coffee, and have snacks. Communal spaces that are not properly disinfected are a breeding ground for illness, unfavorable smells, and can even attract pests like ants or mice — all of which could majorly disrupt your workers’ productivity as well as tarnish your company’s image.

Let’s take a look at some things you can do to help keep your office kitchen or break room looking and feeling squeaky clean.

Daily Cleaning Tasks

● Clean the Sink

Because sinks stay moist, they promote the growth of bacteria. To prevent bacteria from growing, your sink should be properly cleaned with disinfectant spray and a damp cloth and then dried completely every day. The drain itself should be cleaned regularly too, with an appropriate cleaning product.

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● Empty the Garbage Bins

Garbage and recycling bins need to be emptied out after each workday, to deter pests, vermin, and foul odors.

● Wipe Down Surfaces

If you were to look at the surfaces in a shared kitchen space under blue light, the number of fingerprints, tiny crumbs, and greasy smudges would be astounding. That’s why it’s so important to wipe down all surfaces regularly with a disinfecting spray.

Surfaces to disinfect include:

- Countertops

- Cabinet doors and handles

- Drawer handles

- Fridge door and handle

- Coffee pot

- Sink and faucet

- Light switches

- Doorknobs

- Tabletops

- Chair backs

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● Mop the Floor

Many office breakrooms or kitchens have tiled, linoleum, or hardwood flooring to make cleaning more convenient. Mopping the kitchen floor at the end of every workday is key to keeping the room clean and presentable.

● Clean the Coffee Maker

The office coffee maker gets a lot of use during the day. To keep it clean and your coffee tasting great, wash the pot with soap and water, wipe down the warming plate and empty out the grounds at the end of the day.

Weekly Cleaning Tasks

● Clean Out the Fridge

The fridge is one of the most problematic places in the kitchen. With so many people storing food in the office fridge, vigilance is key. You should check the fridge weekly or even daily to ensure food doesn’t get forgotten and start to rot. The fridge should also be thoroughly wiped down inside and out with disinfecting agents at least once a week.

● Deep Clean the Coffee Machine

If your coffee machine doesn’t have a self-clean button, you can clean it manually by mixing several tablespoons of vinegar into a pot full of water. Run this mixture through the coffee maker several times to eliminate lingering tastes and odors, then follow up with plain water (and no coffee!)

● Deep Clean Garbage and Recycling Receptacles

Eliminate odors and pests by washing all containers with hot soapy water and disinfectant.

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

● Vacuum all vents and chairs

● Clean any windows

● Deep clean the fridge (inside and out!)

● Vacuum under the fridge

A regularly cleaned office kitchen is key to maintaining a safe and productive work environment and to promoting worker morale and a good company image. Kitchens are notorious for collecting food crumbs, greasy fingerprints, and germs, and in a kitchen shared by numerous workers, the need for proper cleaning and disinfecting is particularly important.


The best way to ensure your workplace stays clean is to hire a reputable cleaning and janitorial service. Contact Fowler Fresh today to learn how we can help improve workflow by keeping your shared office spaces clean and sanitary.

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