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Aside from expecting good food, everyone who eats in a restaurant and food diner also looks forward to clean food as well as a clean eating place where they can enjoy their meal. Indeed, cleanliness is a core value that every food place should uphold. Making sure that your restaurant is clean and tidy is tantamount to ensuring that your customer gets satisfied with their overall dining experience. 

To help you keep your restaurant clean, we have listed below the top 10 dirtiest places in restaurants and food diners you need to pay attention to. 

Top 10 Areas in Your Restaurant You Need to Keep Clean 

  • Restaurant Tabletop

Dining tables are high-contact surfaces that are used all the time by different people. Given this, it is not impossible for these items to harbour germs, dirt, and grime. And while tabletops get “cleaned,” it’s usually done hurriedly and poorly with used rags.

  • Menu

Restaurant menus are another high-contact item in restaurants that rarely get a deep cleaning. Menus are pass on to different people every day, and in the process collects dirt, grime, oil, and bacteria. Yet, many restaurants fail to disinfect their menus or soak their cleaning rags long enough to kill germs.

  • Condiment Containers

At the end of every day, ketchup bottles, sugar containers, and salt and pepper shakers can get sticky and gross. Oil, dust, and germs can build up in the openings of these containers and spoil the contents inside. Not to mention that condiment containers can also harbour harmful bacteria like E. Coli, which can upset your stomach and make you sick.

  • Booster Seats and Chairs

High chairs for babies and toddlers also rank in the top 10 dirtiest places in restaurants. These seats often get in contact with the dirty hands and diapers of infants, which makes them a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Not to mention that food and drinks also falls and spills onto the chairs and trays, making them physically dirtier. 

  • Toilets and bathroom floors

Because it is the place where people excrete the dirt in their bodies, toilets and bathroom floors will always be dirty. No matter how much you disinfect and sanitise them, they will always be a hotbed of various microbes and disease-causing bacteria.

  • Door handles

Different hands of different people touch the doorknobs and door handles of your restaurant. Thus, it is important that you frequently give these places a thorough cleaning and sanitation. 

  • Sink

Sinks are one of the dirtiest areas in your restaurant kitchen. Oil, grease, and leftover food can lure disease-causing pests into your restaurant and make your establishment unsanitary and unhygienic. Additionally, dirty sinks can contaminate the food that you will serve as well as the containers, plates, and utensils you’re washing.

  • Reusable Containers

Bacteria, yeast, and moulds are unacceptable in restaurant settings. However, these are commonplace in reusable food storage containers because they don’t get washed and cleaned properly. 

  • Knife Blocks

Likewise, knife blocks, especially those made of wood, can harbour the same microorganisms. This isn’t surprising given that knife blocks store wet knives and it is extremely challenging to give them a thorough cleaning. 

  • Refrigerators

Ice, meat drawers, and vegetable crisper are some of the dirtiest areas of your refrigerator. And because your refrigerators essentially store the ingredients, food, and drinks that your restaurant serves, it is less likely that you can fully clean your fridge regularly. 


Just like how you want your home to be clean, you should also ensure that every area of your restaurant is free from any clutter, dirt, and dust. For starters, you can begin by target cleaning the above-mentioned dirtiest places in restaurants and diners. Keeping these areas clean can go a long way in establishing the integrity of your business as well as the loyalty of your customers.

A clean and tidy restaurant provides customers with a good impression. It shows that the restaurant cares about their customers’ satisfaction and safety by providing them with clean food, wholesome ambience, and an excellent overall dining experience. In turn, this investment in cleanliness can help your business grow and prosper.

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If you own a restaurant in Sydney, you need Evolve’s expert team of reliable commercial cleaners. Our friendly and dedicated team have been in the commercial cleaning industry for over 20 years. Thus, we guarantee you that we have the needed experience and expertise to ensure that your restaurant is spotless and clutter-free. 

Whether you need office cleaning services or general commercial cleaning services in Sydney, we got you covered. Contact Evolve Cleaning now.

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Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price is the Client Happiness Manager at Evolve Cleaning. She dedicates herself to managing healthy business relationships while prioritising her client's commercial cleaning interests are met with each and every clean. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she lives and breathes cleanliness, hygiene, sustainability and has a huge love for dogs.