A little paint, a
little cleaner and a little imagination can give you an all-new look.
Floral refrigerators are made to last a long time, but if you
have an older model, it might be in need of a new “do.” Here are eight
tips for giving your existing equipment a facelift and creating
beautiful displays inside.
Paint the interior
black to make flower colors pop. Using a
moisture/mold/mildew-resistant paint (oil-based enamel, for
example), paint the interior walls and floor. Make sure the
cooler is unplugged, clean all interior surfaces thoroughly,
sand or grind away any rust or other corrosion, and allow
the surfaces to dry thoroughly before painting. Also, allow
the paint to dry thoroughly between coats (if more than one
is applied) and before turning the cooler back on. This
might take 24 hours or longer.
Wallpaper the exterior.
Apply wallpaper or a laminate product to the exterior
surfaces of your floral cooler for a new, custom look.
Prepare the surface properly, according to the chosen
product’s instructions, before applying the product.
Change the light bulbs.
All bulbs lose illumination power as they age. This loss is
so gradual that it often goes unnoticed until the bulbs burn
out. Look for full-spectrum bulbs so that the colors of your
flowers appear as true as possible, and check out new
lighting systems that provide increased light along with
energy savings, distribute light evenly, reduce or eliminate
reflection, and so on.
finishes and shelves. This refinishing process will add
a new sparkle and eliminate chips in the metal finishes on
your cooler. You will need to hire a professional company to
do this job. Search online for electroplating companies in
your area, look in your local Yellow Pages or ask auto body
shops for recommendations.
Another option for giving wire shelves a clean, new
appearance is to spray them with a rust-proof enamel paint.
Be sure to clean and prepare the surfaces properly first so
that the paint adheres permanently. You also can purchase
replacement shelves relatively inexpensively from your
favorite floral cooler manufacturer.
Clean your cooler(s)
regularly. Establish a daily, weekly and monthly
cleaning schedule for your cooler. (See the “Cooler
Maintenance” schedule below.) Be sure to use a professional
floral cleanser (such as D.C.D.® Cleaner from Floralife or
Fresh-n-Clean® from Syndicate Sales) on the interior
surfaces; avoid vinegar-based cleaners (e.g., Windex), which
can corrode delicate parts.
Keep container styles
and colors consistent. Choose one style and one color
for all of your flower storage containers—except if you use
glass containers—to create a consistent, cleaner, less
cluttered and less busy appearance. Choose white containers,
if your cooler interior is white, and black containers, if
the interior is black. The goal is to have the storage
containers fade into the background, making the flowers more
Group flowers by color,
then by variety. For example, display all pink flowers
together, followed by red, followed by burgundy. Then within
each color grouping, display all roses together, all
carnations together, all Alstroemerias together, and so on.
Group flowers following the color wheel: red, red-orange,
orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green,
blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet and red-violet. It
doesn’t really matter in which order you display the tints,
tones and shades of each hue (i.e., pink, red and burgundy;
peach, orange, brown/rust; etc.)
Do not crowd the
flowers into the cooler. Flowers will look more
appealing if there is adequate space between them, and they
will last longer if there is adequate air circulation among
them. With proper spacing, each type of flower can be fully
appreciated by consumers, and less injury and damage will
temperature several times daily.
Remove all broken off and
dead leaves and flowers—and other debris—from cooler shelves and
Clean all shelving and
glass surfaces—interior and exterior—to remove water spots and rings
Clean and sanitize the
interior walls and floor with a professional cleanser (see No. 5).
Wipe clean the interior
evaporator coil (fan) housing and fan guard.
Wipe the door gaskets with
a soft, damp cloth.
Wipe the cooler exterior,
including the compressor/condensing unit cover, with a soft, damp
cloth. Touch up nicks and scratches to prevent them from corroding
Clean the top of the
cooler, making sure the compressor/condensing unit is free of any
air circulation obstructions (if it is located on top of the