The fridge freezer is not going to be used for a long period of time
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If the fridge freezer is not going to be used for a long period of time, defrost and clean the fridge freezer.
Always switch off the electric supply to your fridge freezer before you start any maintenance.
Warning: Do not use detergents, soaps or abrasive products to clean the fridge freezer.
Caution: Never use sharp objects to scrape off ice, as this may damage the fridge freezer.
Unplug the fridge freezer from the mains.
Open the fridge and freezer door.
Remove any food from the fridge and freezer.
Remove the racks, shelves and drawers.
Leave the fridge and freezer doors open to defrost.
To speed up the defrosting you can place containers of lukewarm water in the freezer compartment.
Ventilate the room thoroughly to speed up the process.
Leave the fridge freezer to defrost for at least 24 hours.
When the fridge freezer if fully defrosted, wipe down the base, sides and top of the compartments to remove any excess water.
Clean the racks, shelves and salad drawer.
For more information, see the Interior cleaning topic.
Replace the racks, shelves and drawers.
Leave the fridge and freezer doors open to prevent any odours or mildew forming inside.