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Retail-store Cleaning Checklist

To maintain the health and hygiene standards by which every retail and other commercial outlets are regulated, regular cleaning is essential. Not only does it secure you from penalization it also raises the value of your property and your client footfall. It does not matter if your retail store is small, medium sized or a huge departmental store, preparing checklists for daily, weekly and monthly cleaning can make the process easier and faster.


  • Entrances and exits
  • Reception/ office area
  • Store area
  • Backhouse
  • Restrooms
  • Stairways
  • Kitchen or pantry

Preparing separate checklists for each section helps in spreading and allotting the job. You can also allot the checklist as per the time you want the job to be done – before the store opens, midday or after closure.

Here are few daily retail store cleaning checklists that will help you in preparing one for you.


  • Sweep the entrance and lift up any litter
  • Dust and wash any planters
  • Wash and clean the glass doors and door handles
  • Spot free them from finger and hand prints
  • Air and clean the door mat
  • Wash and clean the store banner or sign at the doorway


  • Wipe and clean the glass surfaces, clear from any spills and stains
  • Empty trash bin and ash trays
  • Wipe and polish the tables, desks, lamps and trays
  • Wipe and sanitize the telephones
  • Wipe and clean the windows, window sills and window panes
  • Wipe and clean all glass surfaces to get those spot free
  • Wipe and remove any stains from the wall
  • Get the tables and desks organized, remove and stack magazines, papers, records and registers
  • Dust and clean lights, switches, fixtures and décor
  • Vacuum carpeted areas, including those below tables and chairs
  • Vacuum the soft furnishings
  • Mop and clean the hard flooring
  • Empty the trash bins and replace liners


  • Dust and clean shelves
  • Organize the merchandise in order on the shelves
  • Clean the outside of the glass display units
  • Clean the chrome trimming on the cabinets
  • Clean any adhesive residue from the shelves and display units
  • Wipe and clean all glass surfaces, glass partitions and mirrors.
  • Dust and clean furniture, window, window sills, fire extinguishers and décor
  • Clean the spots and stains off the walls
  • Vacuum clean soft furnishings
  • Clean the leather upholstery and jewelry tables
  • Vacuum clean the carpeted area, spot clean where necessary
  • Mop clean the hard floors
  • Empty trash can, replace liners and replace them at their places


  • Empty the trash cans, replace liners and place them in places
  • Dust and clean any furniture, windows, doors and fixtures
  • Clean air vents
  • Sweep and mop the floors clean


  • Clean and disinfect the toilet bowls, seat and rim
  • Clean the wash basin and unclog the drain
  • Clean the faucets
  • Clean the mirrors and glass surfaces
  • Wipe and clean the splash back
  • Replenish the soap and paper dispensers
  • Wipe the outside of the cabinets and closets
  • Empty trash bin, replace liners and place them in places
  • Dispose trash bags
  • Vacuum and sanitize the floor Clean the doors and door knobs


  • Vacuum and mop the stairs and landings
  • Dust and polish the ledges, railings, banisters, fixtures and fire extinguishers
  • Spot clean any mirror and glass surfaces


  • Clear the countertops and wipe clean
  • Unload the dishwasher and store away all the crockeries
  • Wipe and clean the outside of cupboards, drawers and refrigerators
  • Wipe and clean microwave, inside out
  • Wash and clean the sink and counter tops
  • Empty the trash cans, wash and replace liners
  • Vacuum and mop the floor
  • Wipe and clean the doors and door knobs

Regular retail store cleaning and make a new store look immaculate for years and an established look customer friendly. Daily cleaning also ensures reduction in the weekly or monthly tasks and helps you in saving money from getting the service of a professional cleaner.