Freezer Floor Care

How do they clean the floors in walk in freezers? I would assume that they get dirty after a while, and turning the freezer off so someone could mop the floor is not an option, seeing as it is still full of food. So, how does it get done?

When I worked at McDonald’s, we had a raised floor, that was some form of wooden beams (2x4’s or so) laid close together that there were small spaces for whatever particles to fall through to the metal floor beneath, but not far enough that you could get your feet stuck.

That said, I worked at one store for about four years (up to asst. manager), and I know of no method of cleaning the floors, and nothing was done to my knowledge at any point. Since it’s freezing in there, I don’t think it’s too big a deal.

I worked in an ice factory, and the most common make-work task was to take a chipper and chip the ice off the floor. Afterwards, we were supposed to sweep it into the drain in the floor.

When I worked at a restaurant/catering business we never really cleaned the freezer floors other than sweeping. When our summer place closed down for the summer we obviously mopped in there when we shut down the freezer for the year.

Once or twice someone would drop a tray of scooped-out ice cream in the freezer. We’d sweep up everything with a broom, ice cream included, and at the end of the night maybe run a mop over it (one that’d been squeezed out pretty well) but mopping the freezer wasn’t usually part of our daily cleaning routing. Sweeping yeah, mopping no.

My family had 2 big walk-in coolers in their food warehouse. As a teenager, I often had the task of cleaning them. We did it at least once a month or so.

Basically, I swept them to remove most of the dirt, then mopped the floor. After mopping, you went over it again with the dry mop to pick up as much water as you could, otherwise it would freeze on the floor and make the cooler very slippery.

When that happened, we had bags of food-service-grade sawdust that you could sprinkle on the floor to make it safe to walk there.

I worked on a university campus for seven years in their food service department. Working at several different outlets, all with varying sizes of walk-in freezers; never once was a walk-in freezer sweeped, let alone, mopped out. The only time one was ever turned off was during massive summer time renovations. Walk-in fridges were cleaned regularlyy, but the freezers never were. (One new guy, being told to mop the entire floor, luckily, decided it would be best to ask if we meant the freezer as well. I told him “of course!”, but stopped him when I saw he didn’t understand my sarcasm.)