How to Clean a Walk-in Cooler

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Restaurants and other facilities that store large amounts of perishable food use walk-in coolers. These oversized refrigerators must be cleaned periodically to meet safety codes or in the case of a spill. Because they are made of metal, they are quite durable and relatively easy to clean. The interior and exterior walls usually require nothing more that frequent wipe-downs with a mild, non-abrasive detergent; the floors can be swept with an ordinary broom. Cleaning spills as they occur will greatly reduce the need for laborious cleaning sessions.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Mop
  • Soft cleaning cloth
  • Drying cloth
  • Cover any uncovered food and remove anything that prevents you from reaching the walls.

  • Wipe the interior with a soft cleaning cloth and a sanitizing solution made of 4 oz. of bleach per gallon of water. Scrub stubborn spills with the scrub brush.

  • Wipe the exterior with the cloth soaked in mild detergent.

  • Clean the door gasket with a soft, cleaning cloth and wipe away any chemical residue with a clean, damp cloth.

  • Dry the interior and exterior surface with a clean, dry cloth. Return any items that you moved to their original place.

  • Sweep any debris and rinse the floor with clean, cold water. Direct the water to a drain outside the cooler.

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