In the food service industry, maintaining a cleanly and tidy storage area is highly important for health and safety reasons. Neglecting to clean these areas put not only yourself, but also your consumers at risk. Implementing both a daily and weekly cleaning schedule will extend the life of your equipment and allow you to stay compliant with industry health standards.
There are many different components to keeping a milk refrigerator clean:

Proper Storage

Make sure that the milk in the cooler is being properly rotated. Milk storage rotation will help your products stay fresh and reduce waste due to spoiled milk. When stocking your milk refrigerator, make sure that your newer products, that have longer expiration dates, are placed in the back. While your products that have been in the cooler longer are moved to the front, in order to be used first. Properly rotating your milk will cut down on spoiled milk and bacteria growth, ultimately helping your cooler stay clean.

Daily Milk Refrigerator Cleaning

At the end of the day, taking a few minutes to regularly wipe down the exterior surface of the milk refrigerator will not only help maintain a cleanly appearance, but also cut down on bacteria, grime and dirt buildup. By regularly cleaning the exterior, you will be cleaning off bacteria that can be transferred from the outside of the cooler into the milk. Be sure to a non-toxic cleaner and a clean, soft towel to wipe from top to bottom, paying special attention to the handles. Make sure that the cleaner you are using is formulate for refrigerator use, other cleaners contains harsh chemicals and fragrances that an impact your milk.

Weekly Cleaning

Harmful bacteria can grow on the shelves, bins and drawers of your milk refrigerator and cause foul odors. By implementing a weekly cleaning schedule of these areas, you can keep your product fresh longer and extend the life of your equipment. Always make sure you full air-dry any shelves, bins or drawers, before placing them back in the refrigerator.

Beyond the exterior and interior of your milk cooler, regularly cleaning mechanical elements, such as door gasket and coils, will keep your unit in good working order and help maintain proper temperatures. Condenser coils, fans and gaskets can easily harbor non-visible mold, but are fairly easy to clean. Be sure to unplug the cooler from electricity before cleaning. Simply detach the gaskets and soak in a soap and water solution, wipe clean, dry completely and re-attach. Condenser coils needs to be free of any lint or dust, cleaning with a professional cleaner will remove any particles.

Maintaining a clean and sanitized milk refrigerator can be a simple task, if performed regularly. Staying on top of cleaning can help extend the life of your products, as well as equipment. Regularly cleaning and sanitizing of your milk cooler is crucial for the health and safety of your consumers.

Powers Equipment offers a broad range of Milk Refrigerators that can meet each business’s needs and budget.You can find more info about our Milk Coolers here.