How to clean a commercial refrigerator

Hygiene is of utmost importance for any catering business; for example, refrigeration units should be regularly cleaned to keep expensive produce at its best.

How to clean a commercial refrigerator

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Regular jobs

No matter how much food is stored and prepared in your commercial kitchen, you will need to have a cleaning rota for any refrigerators to ensure they are kept clean and tidy. Your first job is to regularly rotate your food and check use-by dates thoroughly so that only fresh food is served to your customers. All food should be properly stored in sealed and labelled containers, following guidance on separating raw and ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination.

Daily wiping

You should wipe the exterior of your refrigerators after every service. This includes the handles, which are touched by lots of different staff. This will ensure the refrigerator looks clean and prevents the build-up of grime and dirt.

You should use a non-toxic cleaner designed for use on refrigerators and a clean, soft towel to wipe from top to bottom. These cleaners are formulated to be free from harsh chemicals and fragrances, which could impact the food.

Using solid door refrigeration from specialist suppliers such as helps restaurants and other food businesses to store produce at its best for long periods of time.

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Weekly cleaning

Weekly deep-cleaning of refrigerators is vital to keep them in good order and free from bacteria. The Food Standards Agency states that you should remove all food and store it in a cool place – ideally in another fridge or a cool box. As you do this, check all the food and throw away anything that is spoiled or out of date.

All shelves and compartments should then be removed from the fridge and washed in hot, soapy water and disinfected using a chemical that kills bacteria. They should be allowed dry naturally or by using a clean or disposable cloth. All surfaces of the fridge should be washed and then disinfected and left to dry before the shelves and compartments are replaced, followed by the food.

Wash and disinfect the outside of the fridge, including the handles and door seals, and pay special attention to the door gaskets, the fan and the condenser coil. The latter should be cleaned with a professional cleaner to make sure it is kept free of dust and continues to work efficiently.

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