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The Best 5-Step Process to Clean & Sanitize Your Kitchen



When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean, there are numerous areas to consider before throwing in the towel. Whether you are cleaning dishes, pots, pans, ovens, grills, fryers, floors, or your drains, one thing remains the same; it’s imperative to trust the tools and process in which you clean. Here at Theochem Laboratories, we have handpicked the perfect non-service cleaners for your arsenal as well as outlining an efficient 5-Step process that’ll leave your kitchen safe and sanitary!

Step 1 - Manual Dish Washing Liquids: Before attempting to clean the actual kitchen and appliances, it’s best to clear your kitchen of any dishes, pots, and pans that may be cluttering the area. Whether you are operating out of a restaurant or your private kitchen, we all know that buildup on your pots, pans, and dishes can be a tiresome chore that eventually leaves a mountain of dishes piling up out of your sink. Thankfully, this tedious step gets a little easier with Theochem Labs’ assortment of Manual Dish Washing Liquids. We have a starting five if you will of cleaning all-stars formulated to eliminate stubborn stains and grease head-on.

  • Blue Max: First off, our Blue Max dishwashing liquid is specifically formulated for the manual washing of pots and pans. This product is excellent on dishes, glasses, and cooking utensils. Concentrated, high foaming blend of synthetic detergent.

  • Special Polysuds: Secondly, our Special Polysuds combats grease, residue on all your dishes and utensils. Its thick, viscous formula helps remove baked-on food from pots and pans. The long-lasting suds are excellent for soil suspension and clean rinsing.

  • Lemon Dish Detergent: Next up is our Lemon Dish Detergent which is a concentrated, high-foaming blend of synthetic detergents. Removes tough stains from your dishes, pots, and pans. It’s also free rinsing, even in hard water.

  • Lemon Suds: Another strong lemon product is our Lemon Suds which is a high-sudsing product effective in hard or soft water for spot-free dishwashing.

  • Pink Sparkle: Lastly, our Pink Sparkle is a sudsy liquid detergent that has long-lasting grease-cutting power. This product is formulated with special water softeners and sheeting agents for quick rinsing ability.

Step 2 – Sanitizers: Now that your dishes, pots, pans, and utensils have been taken care of, your kitchen area should be clear and ready to be sanitized. It goes without saying that sanitizing your kitchen is imperative to safety due to cross-contamination such as food-to-food, people-to-food, and equipment-to-food that can form in the kitchen, which can lead to foodborne illnesses. As dangerous as this sounds, have no fear! Theochem Labs has a dynamic tag team that eliminates any potential threat that can threaten the integrity of your business and kitchen.


  • Food Contact Surface Sanitizer: This ready-to-use sanitizer is formulated to aid in the reduction of cross-contamination on all nonporous food contact surfaces. Recommended for use as a sanitizer on dishes and glassware. Food Contact Surface Sanitizer is also EPA registered.

  • Multicide: Our second sanitizer is a 10% quaternary disinfectant and a no-rinse sanitizer. Multicide can be used as a third sink sanitizer and on all food processing equipment, dairy equipment, food utensils, tableware, countertops, and other non-porous surfaces.

Step 3 - Oven, Grill & Fryer Cleaners: As we approach the halfway point in our kitchen cleaning and sanitizing process, we now focus on your back of house appliances in the kitchen. Getting into these nooks and crannies can make deep cleaning harder than it should be. Once again, Theochem Labs is up for the challenge and below, you’ll see our 4 worthy contenders that are ready to attack heavy grease and baked food so your kitchen appliances are optimally clean.

  • Oven & Grill Cleaner: Our powerful spray-on and wipe-clean oven cleaner works quickly and easily. Oven & Grill Cleaner is effective on warm or cold ovens, grills, and drip pans. Removes caked-on and heavy burnt greases.

  • Deep Fat Fryer Cleaner: This heavy-duty cleaner is used for removing food deposits and carbon by boil-out procedure. Deep Fat Fryer Cleaner cleans greasy residues, burned on fat, sugars, and starches.

  • Wonder Grill: Designed in mind to quickly penetrate and liquefy the toughest baked-on food, carbon deposits, and grease. Wonder Grill possesses an economical formulation and is ready-to-use!

  • Magic Oven: Rounding out the bunch is our Magic Oven. This heavy-duty oven and grill cleaner is designed to quickly penetrate and liquefy the toughest baked-on foods, carbon deposits, and grease too. This product is ready-to-use and will have your oven performing like it’s brand new again!


Step 4 – Floor: You can see by now that we are almost working from top to bottom and are now ready to move on to the kitchen floor. After all the grease, oil, food, and other matter have been cleaned and by now made it to the floor, it’s time to get to work. Theochem Labs offers two great cleaners designed to get those floors spotlessly clean. See below for our two recommendations for getting those floors spick and span!


  • Active-Ate: This bio-enzymatic liquid concentrate is designed to clean and degrade organic material composed of grease, fats, proteins, starch, and sugars that build upon floor surfaces over time. Active-Ate is the best floor cleaner for kitchens, period!

  • Kitchen Power: Our multi-purpose cleaner is designed specifically for the foodservice industry and includes food handling and processing areas. Kitchen Power can be used on all surfaces and equipment and is economically formulated.


Step 5 – Drain: The last stop for the 5-Step Process for cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen is focusing on your drains. When you’ve cleaned every surface of your kitchen and there’s nowhere else for it to go, just remember that all that grime and gunk literally goes down the drain. With that in mind, we present two solid solutions for the food professional in mind so that cleaning those drains is not a pain.

  • Liqua Zyme: This multi-spore bacteria naturally reacts to create enzymes that keep drains and grease traps clear and free-flowing with regular use. Enzymes break down grease, fat, and protein buildup over time. May also be used as an all-purpose floor clean and odor counteractant. Liqua Zyme is the ideal choice for food professionals and is also highly effective in mold remediation and cleanup to destroy malodors.

  • Active-Ate: I know what you’re thinking; didn’t Active-Ate already make an appearance earlier on this list? Well, you’d be right. The beauty in Active-Ate is that after you’ve cleaned your floors and all that mess makes its way into your drains, the enzymes created from this product dissolve the buildup that would be stuck in those drains to ensure your drains are free-flowing.


Feel like a kitchen cleaning pro yet? Well, you should! You now have the knowledge of which types of nonservice cleaning products to use as well as the best order in which to develop your kitchen cleaning strategy. With proper cleaning and sanitizing, you’re ensuring a safe and clean work environment for your employees as well the guests you intend on serving for years to come. Thank you for taking the time to educate yourself on proper kitchen cleaning maintenance, stay safe and clean wisely!