January has sped by, have you had a chance to deep clean your bar?

If not, here’s your reminder, as well as our top tips for getting everything spotless. Perhaps one of the positive effects of Covid is that many of us are more diligent than ever when it comes to cleanliness. Keeping stations sanitary is critical for guest and staff safety. But as we spend more time focusing on high touch surfaces, there are a few less imperative cleaning tasks that might have been pushed to the wayside. Now is the perfect time to catch back up!

Organizing a bar

Organizing a bar

Photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu

Start From The Top

One of the best cleaning tips out there is that when you’re checking bottles, dusting shelves and more, always start from the highest point. When dusting and cleaning you’ll be knocking that dust and debris down, so cleaning from the top means you won’t have to go back over anything once you’re done. To that end, always sweep and mop last!

Best Face Forward

Chilled 100 Member, Paula Lukas, shared that that keeping track of your bottles is one of the most important things you can do. Not only should you make sure that your bottles are organized by category, “Make sure they are always front facing, and put each bottle back where you found it. At least once a week, take everything off the shelves and do a thorough cleaning of the shelves and bottles.” She added that at least once a week you should empty, clean and sanitize all lowboys.

Bar from above

Bar from above

Photo by Ivan Stern

Take Inventory

You might be on top of your inventory of liquor and consumables, but when was your last barware inventory? Shakers, glasses, spoons, stoppers, jiggers and more – all of them can break, go missing, or get damaged. Taking a look at what you have and where you’re low can help make sure you always have the right tools on hand.


Pull out your equipment, tables and any removable features to deep clean under and behind everything. You might be (unpleasantly) surprised by what you find. While you have equipment pulled out, give it a thorough scrub inside and out as well. In short if it has a physical surface that can be cleaned, it should be cleaned. This can even include (safely) cleaning the inside of light fixtures as well.