Looking after your cold room
For businesses in the food and pharmaceutical industries, from young start-ups to long-established companies, storing products and produce safely in reliable cold rooms is an important part of the job.
Fortunately cold rooms offer a hygienic, professional way of storing your bulk orders or surplus supplies. If you decide you need to hire a cold room for your business, then it is vital that you learn how to take proper care of it.
How do I clean my cold room?
Hygiene is vital when it comes to the preparation and storage of food or medicine, and maintaining a clean, well organised cold room is a hugely effective way of ensuring that your product stays fresh and safe to consume.
Make sure you keep the floor and any surfaces clean and clear. You can use a vacuum cleaner for any build up of dust on the floor and tackle surfaces with a cloth, warm water, and mild detergent. Make sure you clean any spillages and discard spoiled products immediately. This will help prevent bacteria growth.
After cleaning, you should also check that the cold room is dry. Not only can a slippery floor, caused by things like excess water, be a safety hazard but it can also result in a buildup of ice.
How often should I clean my cold room?
Spillages should be cleaned up immediately and you should check and clean the door seals weekly, while vents, fans and compressor fins ought to be checked every month.
Effective use of cold room storage involves a lot of technical maintenance. One advantage of renting a cold room with Dephna is that the we make sure that temperatures are checked and maintained regularly. We also maintain the cleanliness of the exterior of the cold rooms. Meaning are you only responsible for the interior hygiene from the duration of your use of each cold room.
How do I safely store my produce?
You should store your produce on the shelves in a way that is organised and easy to find. Check daily on perishable items and make sure to not put any of your stock directly next to a fan, as this will negatively impact the flow of cold air. Be careful not to overfill the shelves as this may also affect the cooling system of your cold room.
You should be careful not to leave the cold room door open for a significant length of time and remember that the ideal temperature of a refrigerator is 0ºC-5ºC. Storing produce at a temperature higher than 5ºC will dramatically increase the probability of the food becoming exposed to harmful bacteria.
What are the benefits of renting a cold room?
Although maintaining, cleaning and caring for your cold room is an important part of maintaining your business high standards, renting a cold room is a great way to remove a bulk of the stress of the upkeep.
Our cold storage facilities are already certified and suitable for use in the food industries, and for any other business requiring a chilled environment to store products. They are well maintained and equipped with state-of-the-art cooling systems.
Hygiene, especially for those working in the food industry, is a top priority. That’s why our cold rooms are built from 100 mm composite hygienic panels. They are constructed to the highest standard and require no capital outlay from you, which makes them suitable for any business big or small.
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