When it comes to cleaning your refrigerated units, it can seem like something of a daunting task, but it is critical that you do it correctly in order to maintain the system that you have, regardless of the type or its use.
Some of the parts of your refrigerated unit will need to be cleaned on a six_monthly basis, while others will need to be cleaned more or less frequently. It is important, therefore, to be aware of just how often you need to be cleaning each component and essential that you have a rota in order to make sure that you are following these important steps at the appropriate times.
Before You Begin
There are a couple of things that you need to do before you can start cleaning your unit. In order to give it a thorough clean inside you will first need to empty it, if this is not possible then move everything to one side, clean that side and then swap sides.
You need to make sure that the inside of your refrigeration unit is kept clean on a regular basis. Ensure that you are using the correct fluids to clean it with otherwise you may risk causing damage. Some cleaning products and chemical can cause damage to the surfaces so a combination of soap and very hot water will be much better_using this to clean more often will be much better than using something less frequently with something harsher. Make sure you remove any puddles of liquid as these can lead to the growth of mould or accidents. If you do end up with mould patches a solution of water and bleach can be used to clean them.
You will also need to clean your strip curtains on a regular basis to maintain them. Wipe them down with a clean cloth and hot soapy water when they start to become harder to see through. If they are scratched, you will need to take them down individually and soak in water to dislodge any dust stuck in the scratches. You may find you need to replace strips on an individual basis if they become damaged.
Twice a Year
You will need to clean the condensing coil in your refrigerated unit every six months. Dust and dirt will build up over time, so it is especially important to make sure you are removing this_use and industrial vacuum and a damp cloth. Setting the vacuum to blow will help you remove any dirt that is difficult to reach.
The evaporator coil should also be cleaned twice a year as over time sediment will accumulate. You will need to use a special evaporator cleaning solution for this job – this should have specific instructions that will tell you step by step how to clean the coil and all associated tubing.
Once a Year
Over time, the drain lines can become clogged with debris and mould which will need to be cleaned out. This is a tricky job, and it is best to arrange for a qualified technician to do the work for you to ensure that it is done correctly.
You should also clean the gaskets of your refrigerator unit on an annual basis. This can be done with water and soap and a soft cloth. Once the dirt on your gaskets has been removed your door will seal properly when closed. You will also be able to apply a preservative, specially formulated for vinyl to extend the life of your gaskets.
While these steps will help you with the cleaning and maintenance of your unit, it is still a good idea to have them checked regularly by a technician who will be able to check for things you might have missed.