Clean and organise your commercial fridge

In any commercial kitchen your refrigeration unit will undoubtedly be one of the most important appliances. Used to store and chill a variety of produce and dairy items, your fridge should always be clean and ideally be organised. But the fast-paced nature of kitchen life doesn't always allow for rigorous and regular checking.

According to
I-hospitality, you are breaking the law if your commercial fridge temperature goes above four degrees, so temperature regulation is essential when it comes to looking after your commercial refrigeration. But once in a while you should also carry out a deep clean to ensure efficiency and cleanliness in your fridge.

For safety reasons it's essential that you unplug your refrigeration unit prior to cleaning it with water. This may mean finding an alternative place to store your perishables for a brief time - a cooler would suffice if there are just a few items. It's also easier to carry out the cleaning process during quiet kitchen times or ideally when your business is closed to avoid any disruption to service.

In order to clean fully, you'll need to remove everything from the refrigerator. This is also a good opportunity to evaluate what's in the unit - often things can get pushed to the back, forgotten about and left to go off. If there are any open containers or cans that you are unsure about, throw them out.

The cleaning process should begin by washing down shelving, sides and compartments. Solid door refrigeration units, such as those from, can be tackled with soapy water and a good cloth. When any grime, stains and spillages have been removed, you can eliminate any nasty bacteria in the unit by using a food-safe sanitizing product - be sure that it is definitely food-safe, as otherwise you run the risk of spoiling food products when they are reintroduced back into the fridge. You can also vacuum any debris and dust out of the condenser and coils, as you'll find that this improves the fridge's energy-efficiency.

Finally, it's time to stock the fridge back up. Take this opportunity to re-organise your fridge, ensuring that food products are stored safely to avoid cross-contamination. You can also label products and stock them by date or category.
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