Kitchen & Restroom Cleaning Checklist: The Ultimate Guide

Having trouble remembering how often you should clean your kitchen or restroom? Not sure how to start cleaning the dirty areas that accumulate grime after every use? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with this handy checklist on kitchen and restroom cleaning. From the high-traffic surfaces to the deeper crevices, this list will help you remember everything, so you can keep your kitchen and restrooms tidy all the time.

A kitchen and a restroom are two things that we just cannot go without. Whether you are at your office or at your home, you know it is crucial to keep these areas clean and well-maintained. Check out Cardinal Cleaning’s kitchen and break area cleaning checklist, as well as the restroom checklist!

Kitchen & Break Area Cleaning

  1. Clean and disinfect the countertops, sink, and faucet.
    The first step of cleaning your kitchen and break area is to ensure the surfaces are clean and disinfected. You’ll want to start by cleaning and disinfecting the countertops, sink, and faucet. This will help remove any dirt, grime, or bacteria that may be present. You can do this by using mild soap, warm water, and a sponge. Once you’ve cleaned the area, you’ll want to disinfect it by using an approved disinfectant. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using any cleaning products and avoid harsh bleaches when possible.
  2. Wipe down all small appliances.
    Small appliances like toasters and blenders can get grimy quickly. To clean them, unplug them and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to clean the cords! For hard-to-reach spots, use a toothbrush or old toothbrush. The dishwasher is always convenient, but to really get a deep clean, wash all big pots and pans by hand once in a while. To start, fill up your sink with hot water and dish soap. Then, start with the biggest and dirtiest items first and work your way down to the smaller items. This will also increase the lifespan of the appliances that you have already invested in or installed.
  3. Spot clean exterior cabinets.
    Spot clean the exterior of your cabinets. Use a mild soap and water solution, and be sure to rinse away any residue. Wipe down cabinet doors, knobs, and handles. If any grease or grime remains, you may need to use a degreaser. Again, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using any cleaning products and be mindful of the surfaces you are working with. For example, some wood and its paint may be very sensitive. You can also research natural alternatives and create your own using ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and lemons.
  4. Vacuum and mop floors edge to edge.
    Next, you’ll want to vacuum and mop floors from edge to edge of the kitchen. This includes any hardwood, as well as nearby rugs. Be sure to get into all the corners and edges. Once the floors are vacuumed, you can move on to mopping. Start in one corner of the room and work your way around until the entire floor is clean.
  5. Restock supplies.
    Restocking and replenishing after taking inventory of what you already have is a great idea. It helps make sure you have everything you need when you need it and avoids instances where you have to go to the grocery store to get one item immediately. For a kitchen and break room, you may want to restock a variety of items. This includes cleaning supplies like Bounty paper, napkins, towels, soap, and so on. This also includes disposable plates and any snacks you want to keep on hand.
  6. Empty the trash and replace the bag.
    Afterward, take out the trash! Leaving trash to sit creates an unwanted odor so it is best practice to empty the trash and replace the bag after. Invest in quality, odor-cleaning trash bags for best results.
  7. And so much more!
    It doesn’t stop there! There is always more to clean and keep up with in the kitchen. Stay tuned to our page for more tips and tricks, and look into booking a cleaning service with us to help!

Restroom Cleaning

  1. Clean and disinfect toilets and urinals.
    Start by cleaning and disinfecting toilets and urinals. This will help remove any build-up of germs and bacteria. Next, scrub all surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner. Pay special attention to areas that are commonly touched, such as doorknobs, light switches, and faucets. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the surfaces with clean water. Finally, dry the surfaces with a clean towel or paper towel to prevent any streaks or water spots.
  2. Clean and disinfect counters, sinks, and backsplashes.
    Again, keep cleaning and disinfecting surfaces! Counters, sinks, and backsplashes are spots you cannot miss.
  3. Clean and polish chrome, mirrors, and glass surfaces.
    Start by dusting all surfaces with a clean, dry cloth. If there is any build-up on your chrome, mirrors, or glass surfaces, you can use a cleaning solution and a soft cloth to remove it. Next, using a clean, dry cloth (or a paper towel), wipe down all of the surfaces to remove any fingerprints or smudges. Once you’ve removed the surface dirt and grime, it’s time to polish your chrome, mirrors, and glass surfaces. To do this, you’ll need a polishing solution and a soft cloth. Apply the polishing solution to the surface and then use the soft cloth to buff it in circular motions until it’s shiny and streak-free. Make sure you are using an approved solution that will not wear down or harm your surfaces or your health.
  4. Empty the trash and restock supplies.
    Again, the restroom trash can also needs to be emptied. This room needs to be restocked, too. Double-check to make sure you have soap, towels, toilet paper, and so on. You can also invest in candles or air fresheners, as well as nice lotion, to elevate your space and restroom experience.
  5. Sweep and vacuum floors.
    Next, get out a broom and a vacuum – or even a Swiffer sweeper. By sweeping or vacuuming the floor thoroughly, you will be able to get rid of any big pieces of dirt or debris. Pay special attention to corners and tight spaces where dirt likes to accumulate. Once you’ve vacuumed, it’s time to move on to mopping.
  6. Mop hard floor surface areas.
    Finally, mop the floor (if necessary) to finish up your cleaning routine. In order to mop a hard floor surface area, you will need the following items: a bucket, a mop, a cleaning solution, and a towel. Fill the bucket with warm water and the cleaning solution of your choice. Wet the mop in the bucket and wring it out. Begin mopping the floor in small sections, working your way from one side of the room to the other. Be sure to rinse the mop in the bucket frequently. Once you have finished mopping, try to avoid stepping on the floor surface and let it air dry. Use a gentle towel to dry any remaining wet spots.
  7. And so much more!
    Again, our cleaners are prepared to make sure we go the extra mile and check the “so much more” box on this list. You can book a cleaning appointment just one time to try it out, and also do weekly, biweekly, or monthly cleanings based on your schedule. This will ensure your home and office kitchen and restroom are always welcoming and well stocked.

If you would like assistance in cleaning and maintaining your home or office kitchen and restroom, as well as other areas, you know who to call! You can reach us at 404-920-8551 or email us at for a free quote.

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners use these checklists, and several others, to ensure proper procedures and techniques are implemented. Furthermore, this ensures your home is as clean as can be.

If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, we are your go-to local cleaning service serving Conyers, Georgia, as well as nearby areas including Covington, Loganville, Oxford, and Mcdonough.

We would love to do the cleaning for you so you have more time to do what you love. Like we say, cleaning is for the birds!


5 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

If you’re like most people, your kitchen could probably use some serious cleaning. Between cooking, eating, and entertaining, there are more messes to clean up in the kitchen than just about anywhere else in the house! But if you want your kitchen to be clean enough to film a cooking show in, try out our five favorite kitchen cleaning hacks here at Cardinal Cleaning that will save you time and money.

1) Vinegar Cleans Almost Everything

Vinegar is one of those all-purpose cleaners that can be used to clean almost anything, from grease to soap scum. When you’re removing soap scum from your shower door, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then add 5–10 drops of essential oil for an odor-neutralizing boost! If you have hard water stains on your glass shower doors, use vinegar instead of bleach. Simply wipe down with a damp cloth sprayed with white vinegar mixed with 2 cups of warm water. Rinse off with warm water after it dries to avoid residue buildup. If you need to remove burned food from pots or pans, pour boiling hot water over them before scrubbing with baking soda or salt and then rinsing well under hot running tap water. If burnt food has left its mark on your stovetop grates, try rubbing them down with lemon juice before washing them off under hot running tap water and drying thoroughly – the acidity will help break up any leftover residue so it washes away easily.

2) Lemons Deodorize

Like vinegar, lemons are one of those kitchen staples that are useful for so many things. From adding acidity to certain recipes to cleaning a cutting board, lemon is one fruit you’ll never regret keeping on hand. If you’re trying to remove some stains or unclog a drain, don’t forget how well lemons can work. Just cut open a lemon or two (depending on size) and let them sit in your disposal until they liquefy and begin breaking down any food buildup in your pipes. A quick note of caution: Be sure not to overfill your disposal with citrus because it can actually damage it. Hence, others prefer to just boil lemon and orange, or other citrus fruit peels, with some cinnamon. Even the boiling water releases a lovely aroma throughout your kitchen.

3) Use a Spice Rack

Spice racks are an easy way to keep your spices contained and organized. But organizing with spice racks doesn’t just make for easy-to-clean countertops, it also helps you eliminate clutter from other cupboards in your kitchen. You’ll be able to see exactly what spices you have at all times – and they’ll always be within reach when you’re cooking. Plus, if you invest in a nicer spice rack, it can double as decoration. Regardless, you won’t have spice containers or spills as frequently.

4) Put Cookie Trays on Cake Stands

Putting your cookie trays on cake stands will instantly add color and cheer to your kitchen! Cake stands are really affordable and look cute when they’re stacked on top of each other. Make sure you have one that’s taller than others, as it’ll be used to hold your cookie trays; smaller ones can be used as little riser platforms for desserts. And if you have spare cookie cutters or decorations laying around, put them in your tray (or on it) so you can show off a bit when friends come over!

5) Take Out Trash Every Day

The biggest problem with keeping a kitchen clean is that it’s generally not something people do every day. But, if you have trash sitting out all day, it’s going to start smelling. The odor might seem mild at first, but as soon as people start walking by they’re going to smell it. Don’t wait until nightfall to take out your trash – get into good habits from day one and take your trash out before bed each night. Some more tips to minimize odor are purchasing a trash can with a lid and investing in air fresheners or candles. This way you don’t wake up smelling the garbage and neither does anyone else.

6) Bonus – Contact Us!

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners use these hacks, and several others, to ensure your kitchen and home are as clean as can be. You can rest assured knowing that your home will be taken care of well with us. If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, give us a call to meet face-to-face so that we can make a noticeable difference in your home. Call us at 404-920-8551 or email us at for a free quote, or just to chat about our service and how we can help you! We would love to do the cleaning for you so you have more time to do what you love. Like we say, cleaning is for the birds!