Controlling Odors In Your Commercial Refrigerator

The last thing you want in your commercial refrigeration unit is a lingering smell, which can be a sign of mold or bacterial growth. All Temp, the experts in Tampa commercial refrigeration, have your guide to how to control odors by properly cleaning out your refrigerator.

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Soap and Water

For daily cleaning, your best bet is warm, soapy water. Your commercial refrigerator should be cleaned with soap and water every day to prevent odors and mold that could develop from any spills or bacteria. It’s recommended to empty the entire commercial refrigerator, moving the stock into another temperature-controlled area. Then, wipe down each shelf and draw using warm, soapy water. 

Baking Soda and Vinegar

In the event of a lingering odor, baking soda and vinegar can help to eliminate smells — though you might smell vinegar for a day or two. Great for cleaning any commercial appliance, only use this mixture on empty units. Simply mix baking soda and white vinegar together, spray it onto the unit, and wipe off quickly. Leave the door open and allow it to air-dry.

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To absorb any lingering odors, place a charcoal briquette in your commercial refrigerator. In a pinch, coffee grounds or baking soda will also work.

Bleach Solution

If natural remedies fail, using a 5% bleach solution can get rid of any lingering odors. First, empty the unit completely. Next, spray the unit with a 5% bleach solution. After that dries, clean the unit out with warm, soapy water. The bleach will kill any bacteria that could cause smells, and the warm, soapy water will get rid of any lingering bleach, which could produce spots on your unit.

If you’ve cleaned — and cleaned — your commercial refrigerator and a smell still lingers, it could be coming from the interior coil. While you can clean the interior coil yourself, it’s recommended that a professional handles any interior maintenance. All Temp, your trusted experts in Tampa commercial refrigeration, are more than happy to help find what could be causing any unusual smells. To learn more about our services, give us a call at (407) 630-9400.

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