If you own any commercial refrigeration equipment, cleaning it on a regular basis is a necessity. With that said, it is essential that you are clear about how to do this before moving forward. Keeping your equipment clean will help it to run efficiently, and ultimately it’s life expectancy which will save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are some basic cleaning tips that will help you to keep things tidy and running smooth.
Commercial Refrigeration Cleaning Tips
- Clean up spills right away -†One of the best ways to ensure the unit stays clean is to wipe up any messes as soon as they occur. Once you allow food and grime to sit for a long time, it becomes more difficult to remove. Save yourself the trouble by being proactive and taking care of it immediately.† If spills pour into creases and crevices where important components are, make sure you get in there as best you can, even if it means taking some things apart.
- Avoid using any harsh chemicals – Many people falsely believe that using chemicals like ammonia and bleach is the best way to ensure cleanliness, but this is not the case at all. There is a chance that traces of these liquids can linger in the unit and make the contents inside toxic for human consumption. The only solution you need is a mixture of mild soap and/or vinegar and water.
- Make sure that you clean all of the seals and gaskets – If food and/or debris collects there, it can inhibit the unit from keeping everything inside as cool as it should be. As a result, you may end up spending more on food each year since there will be so much wasted. This takes a bit of extra time, but it is certainly worth all of the effort.
- Clean condensers and coils – Dirty condensers and coil can drastically reduce the power being generated by your refrigeration unit.† Dust and debris will accumulate over time, which will clog your air intake.† As a result, your condenser will have to work harder to put out sufficient energy to keep the air cool inside.† This will result in a higher utility bill and a shortened life expectancy of the refrigeration unit.
This may seem like a lot to endure in your efforts to clean your refrigeration unit. With that said, it is essential if you want to make sure that everything inside is safe to eat, you reduce the amount of food you are discarding each year and you will not have to buy a replacement until far into the future.