What Chemicals Clean Surfaces and Countertops in Restaurants?

Restaurant surfaces must be kept clean and sanitary, for the health of patrons and staff alike. To do the job properly, you need the right cleaning chemicals and sanitizing agents. That means products that are designed to clean right down into the grout between tiles, and that kill harmful bacteria too.

Need to know what chemicals clean surfaces and countertops in restaurants? As leading experts in the field of commercial cleaning, we compiled this guide to the best chemicals for cleaning restaurant counters and surfaces. So that you can clean with confidence, every time.

What Chemicals Clean Surfaces and Countertops in Restaurants?

In our more than 30 years of producing top-grade cleaning equipment and detergents, we’ve become a trusted name in commercial carpet cleaning equipment as well as multi-surface cleaning solutions. We are constantly on the lookout for innovations to add to our product range.

So you don’t have to worry about what chemicals clean surfaces and countertops in restaurants. We have exactly what you need, from sanitizers to disinfectants to general cleaners. Want to know more?  These are our top 5 cleaning chemicals for restaurant surfaces:

Hands/Surface Sanitizer

If you’re looking for the top kitchen cleaning solution for bacteria, look no further. Our hands and surface sanitizer do the job quickly and effectively. Use regularly to keep all surfaces that staff, and customers, touch germ-free.

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Our research has shown us that hand or surface sanitizers, alcohol-free sanitizers, or those that contain less than 60% alcohol, aren’t as good at reducing germs on restaurant surfaces. That’s why our sanitizer contains 80% isopropanol alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide, to do the job right.

Unlike most ethanol-based or low-alcohol concentration sanitizers, this product meets the FDA/CDC current guidelines. It surpasses their requirements for alcohol concentration, to not only reduce but also kill germs on contact.

Why It’s Great

  • 80% alcohol content for better germ-killing power
  • Exceeds CDC requirements
  • Cleans hands and surfaces on contact

Who It’s Right For

  • Any restaurant owner who cares about the health of its staff and patrons

Rob’s Secret Formula Green Label Prespray

If you prefer natural products and scents, this is an option you’ll want to try. Rob’s Secret Formula Green Label Prespray is a plant-based thymol-infused product that cleans just about anything. The light thymol minty scent makes it a winner with all our customers, too

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Green Label offers a soap-and residue-free cleaning experience and is environmentally friendly. But its versatility is what makes this product truly shine. It’s suitable for hot water extraction cleaning, as well as encapsulation VLM cleaning. (very low moisture, quick-drying detergent formula that breaks down, and encapsulates the soil, to be vacuumed up when crystalized and dried). 

Rob’s Secret Formula Green Label Prepsray can of course, also be used as a prespray with any of our other detergents. It gently cleans, tiled surfaces and grout, and even synthetic upholstery, and is also an appropriate chemical solution for cleaning a food industry floor

But take note that this is not intended for natural fibers, but will clean almost all manufactured and synthetic surfaces. 

Why It’s Great

  • Natural product
  • Pleasant Thymol fragrance
  • Suitable for encapsulation VLM cleaning
  • Cleans multiple surface types

Who It’s Right For

  • Fans of natural ingredients and herbal smells
  • Customers with various surfaces that need cleaning
  • Anyone who doesn’t want their carpeted or upholstered surfaces to stay wet for long

USOR Unchained Odor & Stain Remover

We did the research and discovered that one of the biggest complaints from people in the restaurant business is human fluid stains. It’s a fact that restaurants see their fair share of urine, vomit, and other unpleasant stains.

It just takes one kid to eat more than they should’ve and you could find your restaurant surfaces soiled. But that’s not a problem when you’ve got USOR Unchained Odor & Stain Remover on hand. It removes stubborn stains and foul odors, replacing any bad smells with a sweet breeze scent. 

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USOR Unchained with added Ecocide is pure, concentrated, and easy to use. It can also be used as a prespray in combination with your ordinary detergents. Safely use it on all your synthetic carpets and synthetic upholstered surfaces. 

Now you need never fear children’s mishaps on any of the restaurant’s surfaces ever again. With Usor Unchained, every yellow strain, or foul odor, is a thing of the past.

Why It’s Great

  • Safe to use on synthetic carpets, upholstery, and various other surfaces
  • Removes foul odors and stubborn stains
  • Effective on both human and animal urine or vomit stains
  • Masks putrid odors

Who It’s Right For

  • Anyone with a stray animal or pest problem 
  • Family restaurants that often have children’s messes

Grout Master Tile & Grout Cleaner

Tiled splashback areas and counters in the restaurant's kitchen can quickly surfer a build-up of grease and grime. So if you need a solution that cleans commercial tiles from soot and grease, as well as dirt from grout, this one’s for you. 

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Grout Master Tile & Grout Cleaner is specially formulated to clean tiles and grout, without any damage to stainless steel cabinets or countertops. However, you may want to wipe the surrounding surfaces down after using Grout Master, anyway.

Use it to clean your tiled surfaces and splashback areas in the kitchen or the tiled surfaces in the reception area. Even rat nasties are taken care of with this powerful prespray. A few chemicals for cleaning ceiling tiles in a restaurant are also suitable for countertops and other surfaces. But this one does both, and so much more.

Simply add 1-2 scoops of this powder to a gallon of hot water, spray the areas down, leave for 5 minutes then scrub away. It’s so effective, it rarely needs pre-scrubbing. Grout Master can also be added to your existing cleaner or prespray mix. Use it with an electric or pump sprayer, for best results. 

Why It’s Great 

  • No damage to surrounding cabinets and fixtures
  • No pre-scrubbing needed
  • Can be used as a pre-spray or booster
  • Takes care of rat nasties
  • Deep cleans tiles and even the dirtiest grouting 

Who It’s Right For

  • Customers with tile and grouting issues
  • Anyone looking for an economical, multi-purpose surface cleaner

Benefect Botanical Decon 30

Restaurants are a breeding ground for pathogens, because of the large volume of people who walk through those doors. Ordinary cleaners do nothing about this problem, and yet it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Your commercial kitchen washing chemicals may be good at removing grease and grime, but do they kill foodborne illnesses and bacteria, too? What about common viruses? For that, you need a powerful disinfectant, like Benefect Botanical Decon 30.

This disinfectant is gentle enough to use without wearing personal protective equipment. And yet it works harder and faster than many other disinfectants available today. Forget about waiting up to 10 minutes for it to work like all those other products out there. This gets to work in as little as 30 seconds!

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It’s EPA registered, and found to be effective against SARS-COV-2, the cause of COVID-19. 

It also kills the bacteria responsible for Salmonella Enterica, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph), and Escherichia Coli (E-coli). And it targets the viruses responsible for Rhinovirus (the common cold virus) and Influenza A. That will make the health inspectors happy!

Why It’s Great 

  • Works faster than most other disinfectants - in 30 seconds
  • Gentle enough to not need PPE
  • Powerful enough to target SARS-COV -2
  • Kills a wide variety of bacteria and viruses responsible for common food and airborne-illnesses  

Who It’s Right For

  • Restaurants with high volumes of patrons who need extra germ-killing power
  • Anyone who prefers natural disinfectants


Restaurant surfaces and countertops are exposed to all manner of spills, stains, and messes. These can lead to bad odors and even illness. But what chemicals clean surfaces and countertops in restaurants effectively yet without harsh or harmful elements? 

Our range of cleaning products for commercial cleaning is the solution you’ve been looking for. As experts in the commercial cleaning industry, we produce premier cleaning tools and chemicals that are safe for the environment, your workforce, and your customers.  

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