Proper cleaning of shelving that stores food is important in preventing food-borne illness.
Maintaining shelving is important from a safety standpoint, since corrosion can compromise the stability of these systems. There are a number of necessary tasks that should be performed regularly to keep these units in top condition and prolong the service life.
- Shelving used in high-moisture areas, in particular, should include features that provide easier cleaning, such as removable shelf mats or covers that can be clipped down over wire shelving.
- If panels are removable, staff should regularly wash them, either by hand or in a dishwasher.
- Debris and grease can build up on shelves, so staff should wipe down these systems weekly using mild detergents and soft cloths.
- To simplify cleaning and save time, staff members can focus on cleaning different shelf levels on alternate days of the week.
- Lubricate casters on mobile shelves each year.
When to Replace: Shelving