How To Keep Your Cold Storage Facility Clean & Bacteria-Free

How To Keep Your Cold Storage Facility Clean & Bacteria-Free

Maintaining a clean cold storage facility is essential to keeping your perishables fresh and preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and mold. Not only is it necessary to keep the interior of your cold storage clean, but you also must be sure to clean the surrounding area regularly. This blog post will provide six tips to keep your cold storage facility clean and bacteria-free!

Tip #1: Clean Cold Storage Regularly

Make sure to clean your cold storage facility regularly. This means sweeping and mopping the floors, cleaning the walls, and dusting all surfaces. If possible, try to do this at least once a week.

Tip #2: Cleaning Hard To Reach Areas

In addition to regular cleaning, you should also perform a deep clean of your facility at least once a month. This involves cleaning all hard-to-reach areas, such as the ceiling and corners. Again, you may need to hire a professional cleaning company to assist you with this.

Tip #3: Using The Right Cleaning Supplies

Be sure to use the proper cleaning supplies for each area of your facility. For example, you would not use the same cleaning solution on your floors that you would use on your walls. Using the wrong cleaning supplies can damage your facility and cause health hazards.

Tip #4: Prevent Bacteria Growth

Ensure employees clean any spillages and discard any spoiled perishables immediately. This will help prevent bacteria growth and cross-contamination.

Tip #5: Training Employees For Cleaning Maintenance

If you have employees who work in your cold storage facility, it’s essential to provide them with the proper training on how to keep the area clean. This includes teaching them which cleaning supplies to use and how often they should clean. You should also provide them with personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, to wear while working.

Tip #6 Air Purification For Cold Storages

It is crucial to install an industrial air purification system inside the cold storage facility. Ideally, one that can also sanitize surfaces in hard-to-reach areas 24/7. This will effectively prevent and reduce cross-contamination in perishables.

Sanitizing Surface Solutions For Perishables

If you want to prevent airborne bacteria and pathogens and sanitize surfaces at the same time safely, we recommend getting an AirROS industrial air and surface purification system.

These systems are very effective at sanitizing surfaces in hard-to-reach areas too. This system can:

  • Prevent Botrytis
  • Prevent Salmonella
  • Prevent E. Coli
  • Prevent Listeria

And other pathogens, plus it provides ethylene reduction, and odor control!

Compliance with FDA’s FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act)

As you know FSMA requires that any factory, warehouse or importer that manufactures, packs, or stores food, to implement and monitor effective measures to prevent bacterial contamination. 

The FDA will hold food companies accountable for preventing contamination and preventing food safety incidents.

AirROS is a proven technology in alignment with the prevention of environmental contamination and food safety plan enhancement that features a monitoring system with performance tracking capabilities. 

How Does AirROS Industrial Air & Surface System Work?

AirROS is an industrial air and surface purification system that can prevent pathogens, mold, viruses, yeast, and bacteria, reduce cross-contamination, and eliminate odor. AirROS purifiers utilize and create ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). First, it kills pathogens and odor as it passes through the air purifier. In addition, it sanitizes the air that comes out of the purifier, enters the environment, and continues to sanitize all surfaces it contacts. Here is the two-stage process:

Phase 1- Primary Air Cleaning

Placed within your room’s airflow, air from the environment containing microorganisms enters the purifier’s internal chamber. The reaction chamber creates non-thermal plasma and generates ROS. ROS are comprised of 5 short-lived, highly Reactive Oxygen Species:

  • Atomic oxygen O(3P)
  • Singlet oxygen 1O2
  • Hydroxyl radical .OH
  • Superoxide O2-
  • Peroxynitrite ONOO-

These break down carbon-to-carbon bonds that sanitize the air and destroy all bacteria, molds, viruses, and other pathogens as they pass through the reaction chamber.

Phase 2- Secondary Surface & Air Cleaning

Provides Surface sanitation and continued Air sanitation. The purified air now diffused into the environment contains longer-lived Reactive Oxygen Species:

These combine and create Hydrogen Trioxide (H2O3) an Active Antimicrobial formed through the peroxide process. This H2O3 is very effective at sanitizing the surfaces and air 24/7.

Following these tips can help keep your cold storage facility clean and bacteria-free. This will extend the shelf life of your perishables and protect your employees from getting sick. It will help you create a plan to mitigate food safety issues, and give you monitoring and reporting for FSMA to prove your success. 

If you have questions about how to keep your cold storage clean with AirROS, or if you need assistance with professional sanitization with AirROS, don’t hesitate to contact us today! We would be happy to help you maintain a clean and safe environment for your cold storage facility.