Cold rooms are really just a bigger version of your fridge or freezer at home. Every now and then, you simply can’t avoid defrosting it and giving it a good clean. It might not be the most glamorous job, but it’s vitally important! And the same applies for commercial cold rooms. But the actual process is going to be far different. So what exactly does it take to keep your cold room clean? Because cold rooms are so big, there are a few things to look out for. That’s why we’ve made this list of expert tips to keep your cold room clean.
Why is it so important to keep your cold room clean?
First, though, let’s take a look at why it’s so important to keep your cold room clean. There’s a common misconception that bacteria, and even fungus or mould, can’t live in a cold room. And, to a certain extent that may be true – a lot of microbial nasties can’t survive in cold rooms, which is why we use them. But, there are a select few that can remain dormant in very low temperatures, and that can be just as bad. By cleaning your cold room regularly, you can stay on top of them and create the best conditions to store your products.
You don’t always have to turn your refrigeration unit off
So what’s standing between you and a good rigorous clean of your cold room? For a lot of people, it’s the thought of having to turn off your refrigeration unit. And that’s an understandable apprehension – your refrigeration unit is the only thing standing between you and thousands of dollars in lost product. That’s why you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to turn off your cold room to clean it. All you need is a good big jumper. However, you will need to move some of its contents around, which we’ll talk about next.
It’s a good idea to remove food products from your cold room before you start cleaning
Although you can keep your cold room running while you clean it, you will need to empty it as much as possible. A good way to do this is to clean it in sections. Simply move everything to one side of the cold room and clean the vacant space – and vice versa. That way your products won’t be left at room temperature at all. Just be sure to keep any cleaning products well away from food items.
Keeping your cold room clean involves cleaning both the cold room and the shelves inside it
Cleaning the cold room involves cleaning floors, walls, and doors – that much is clear. But what about shelves? Most cold rooms come with shelves, and these are actually where the most microbes gather. Normally, that’s because shelves are most likely to come into contact with perishable food products, and they have a large surface area. So make sure you give them a thorough clean as well!
Call in a refrigeration specialist to keep your cold room clean by servicing the refrigeration unit
Finally, don’t forget about the inside of the refrigeration unit! This unit is responsible for circulating air through your cold room. So any bacteria or spores that are present will probably end up in there eventually. That’s where a specialist refrigeration technician can help. A qualified expert will be able to get right into the heart of your refrigeration unit and maintain it as necessary. Coupled with a thorough clean of the cold room, this will render the whole thing spotless!
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