How to Clean a Walk-in Cooler

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.

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Mop
  • Soft cleaning cloth
  • Drying cloth

About the Author

Robert C. Young began writing professionally in 1989 as a copywriter for an advertising specialty company. From 2000 to 2007 he operated a real-estate development and construction company. His work has been published online at SFGate and various other websites. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics from Georgia State University.