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Cleaning is the process of removing food and other types of soil from a surface. To properly clean you must use  soap and water.  Sanitizing is the process of reducing the number of harmful microorganisms from a clean surface to safe levels. You must clean and rinse a surface before you sanitize.

Chemical sanitizers are influenced by contact time, concentration of the sanitizer, and temperature of the solution. Test the solution regularly with a sanitizer test kit. All surfaces must be cleaned and rinsed. This includes walls, storage shelves, and garbage containers. Finally, any surface that touches food; such as knives, stockpots, cutting boards, or prep tables, must be cleaned and sanitized.


  1. Start with soap and water

  2. Rinse the soap away

  3. Finish by sanitizing and air drying