How often and how should you care for your wine cellar?
Now that you have purchased an ideal and aesthetically pleasing wine cellar from Bodega living for your cherished wine bottles, how do you take good care of it as you would have of your wines?
Our wine cellars may or may not be an equipment that is frequently used, depending on our usage. Unlike refrigerators, we do not store items that has strong odors and with a high tendency to rot easily. Regardless of that, any appliance or furniture in our homes still require basic maintenance.
We know that wine cellars have to be kept at 70% humidity to prevent the cork from drying out, and having this coupled with darkness and warmth, it is almost the perfect conditions for mold to multiply.
Therefore we suggest monthly checks on the condition of the wine cellar and cleaning to be done quarterly. If the wine cellar is used for storing everyday wines and the door is opened frequently, it is recommended to check the level of humidity biweekly, so that it does not steer out of the recommended range. Having too high a humidity will encourage the growth of mold, besides having it damping the cork too much.
Before we move into the cleaning steps, we will have to remove the wine bottles from the cellar. It is thus best to have the wine cellar cleaned as fast as possible, and having it maintained regularly will reduce the time spent each time on cleaning and will avoid having the wines out of the cellar for too long a time.
Wine bottles that are removed from the wine cellars should be place in somewhere cool and dark. Areas that are near heat such as the stove and laundry machines, in direct sunlight and with temperatures that fluctuate should be avoided at all costs. These conditions are the total opposite of that in the wine cellars and might deteriorate the quality of your wines. It is also ideal to have these bottles lay horizontally like in the wine cellar.
The wine cellar should be switched off before cleaning so that the opened door will not send the compressor working doubly hard to keep it cool. This will also save your electricity and reduce the wear and tear on the compressor.
This is a simple cleaning activity and would not require you to purchase any special cleaning agents or equipment. A brush for dusting, vacuum cleaner, a damp rack and a mild cleaning detergent are sufficient.