When you run a restaurant or other type of food service establishment, there is (or at least should be) a constant focus on organization and cleanliness in your kitchen spaces. Your refrigerator is one of the most important parts of that space, and a cluttered, dirty fridge can be a source of bacteria while also causing your fridge to work harder to cool items.
Therefore, it’s always good to take some time every month to go through your commercial walk-in cooler in Eugene, OR to organize your items and clean the equipment. Here are some tips to help you get the job done:
- Unplug the unit: Obviously, the last thing you want is to accidentally electrocute yourself. Therefore, unplug the refrigeration unit before you perform any other task.
- Clear all shelves: Remove all of the products in your refrigerator. Don’t just move them to the other side of the fridge—take them out. A good time to do this is before you receive a new shipment of food so you don’t have to have too much food sitting out. Use coolers for temporary storage while you clean out your refrigeration unit.
- Throw away old, expired food: It’s easy to lose track of perishable food items, especially if they are concealed behind other items in your refrigerator. If you have any reason to suspect something is spoiled, you should throw it away. Check all expiration dates and, as the saying goes, “when in doubt, throw it out.”
- Clean the fridge with warm, soapy water: Fill a bucket with a mixture of soap and warm water and grab a sponge, then go to work on wiping down the entire interior of the refrigerator. Remove any spills or messes that have built up. If you have a hard time getting out any grimy areas or stains, you might need to use a toothbrush or other type of brush with strong, flexible bristles. Once you have completed this process, rinse out the areas you’ve washed with clean water.
- Disinfect: Once you have cleaned with soap and water, you can sanitize all surfaces with a disinfectant. Any chemical you choose for this job should be food safe. You don’t need to use too much of the sanitizer to get the job done.
- Clean the coils and condenser: Once you’ve completely cleaned out the inside of the fridge and the shelves, pay some attention to the condenser and coils. Here, dust and debris tend to build up and cause your machine to work harder than it needs to, which can shorten its lifespan. Therefore, use a vacuum to get rid of all this dust.
- Restock shelves: Once you have completed all of these processes and are satisfied with the cleanliness of your fridge, put all of your food items you will continue to use and save back into place in an organized fashion.
These simple steps will help you get the most out of your refrigerator cleaning process. For more information about cleaning and maintaining commercial walk-in coolers in Eugene, OR, contact American Refrigeration Inc. today.