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Controlling Odors in Your Walk-In Cooler

As a business owner, it’s important to take steps to ensure your Tampa walk-in cooler doesn’t have any odor problems. Not only do odor problems contaminate anything else you store in the cooler, but they can also be a sign of an underlying problem. Learn how to control unwelcome scents in your walk-in cooler and exactly what those smells can mean.

Find the Source and Clean

The absolute best method of eliminating odors in your walk-in cooler, and the most sanitary, is to find the source of the odor and then clean that area thoroughly. Most odors are due to bacteria or germs somewhere within the fridge, and if you do not clean the bacteria, they can multiply, worsening the odor.

Effectively Clean Out the Odors

The best way to effectively remove any odor from your cooler is to clean out the entire refrigeration space, rather than just the specific area with the smell. Empty the walk-in cooler completely and take out any removable bins and shelves. At this point, you can use a special cleaning solution or mix a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda, then spray it over the surfaces. Wipe the surfaces immediately after spraying. Alternatively, mix chlorine bleach with a teaspoon of your dishwashing detergent. With the latter mix, let it dry before you wipe it off.

Deodorize the Space

Once you clean the cooler completely, there may still be a lingering smell in the air. You can get rid of this by putting charcoal briquettes in the freezer for about a week. You will need to replace them about halfway through the week. You can also try using products designed to eliminate pet odors.

Lingering Odors

In rare cases, the odors will linger even after a thorough cleaning. In this case, there may be an underlying problem, such as a malfunction with one of the components of the cooler. Anytime you notice an odd odor that will not go away, make an appointment with a refrigeration professional so that they can confirm everything in the unit works properly.

If you notice any odors in your Tampa walk-in cooler, make an appointment with our team at All Temp. We can get to the root of the problem and prevent future odors with regular maintenance and repairs. Call us at 407-857-7800 or 813-630-9400.

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