Cleaning Freezer Rooms Properly and Without Fuss

Friday 27th March 2015

Good hygiene is an essential component of any well-run kitchen, so keeping all the facilities used as clean as possible is essential to the promotion of good health within the working place. Freezer rooms are especially important, as they will come under the most prolonged contact with the foodstuffs your kitchen will use. Without proper care, they can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria, infection and disease.

Cleaning Freezer Rooms Properly and Without Fuss

So how does one maintain sufficiently healthy freezers? Fortunately the process is not too difficult, and can easily be undertaken in an afternoon, or at most the better part of the day depending on how large it is and how in-depth the cleaning is.

Know Your Freezer

Before you do anything, make sure you know your freezer room and how it functions. To this end, you should read thoroughly through any user manuals that may have come with the units in question. They will contain all details necessary regarding your freezer’s operation, as well as recommendations on how to best clean it. Some, for example, may have sensitive attachments and equipment that will need particular care if they’re to be cleaned, while others may need specific cleaning substances to prevent them being damaged.

This guide is a general one-size-fits all approach, so make sure you adapt it appropriately to your freezer’s individual needs.

1)      Shut Down the Freezer – You need to make sure the freezer is no longer running before you can clean it. Make sure you empty out its contents to an alternative storage unit while this is being done, and that the freezer has had time to defrost a little.

2)      Mix a Solution of Warm, Soapy Water –Unless specified, try to avoid using chemicals when cleaning your freezer room. Some warm water with a little liquid soap is all that’s needed to deal with most stains that your freezer may deal with. Anti-bacterial spray is also acceptable if raw meat has been in contact with certain surfaces.

While washing, start with the ceiling first, then work down the walls towards the floor. Doing so means you won’t dislodge debris from them onto the floor after you’ve just cleaned it.

3)      Pay Special Attention to Potential Germ Sites – If you come across any areas where germs may have had a chance to collect, such as where food has spoiled, or ventilation ports, make sure you clean these as well. Be careful while cleaning to make sure you don’t damage any of your freezer room’s more vital components.

4)      Rinse With Clean Water – Once that’s been done, rinse down the surfaces of any soap suds. Try to wash out any debris out of the freezer room entirely, using a cloth for those areas you can’t really reach.

5)      Dry It Down With a Clean Cloth – Finally, dry it off. This will prevent excess moisture freezing when the freezer room is reactivated, and allow you to more quickly return it to use.

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