Defrosting, When the appliance is not in use, External cleaning

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Defrosting
The frost should be occasionally removed using
either a stiff bristle brush or a plastic scraper.
Heavy frosting (about 1/4Ó thick) will reduce the
freezerÕs efficiency and complete defrosting should
be carried out at this stage.
It is preferable to defrost the freezer when there is
little or no food in it. The procedure is as follows:
Any remaining frozen food should be placed in
newspaper, wrapped in blankets and stored in a
cardboard box which you should then put in a cool,
dry place, or put the food in another freezer.
Turn the mains on indicator light switch OFF.
Defrosting can be speeded up by putting bowls of
hot (NOT boiling) water on the shelves of the freezer.
When the ice has melted, remove the water
collected in the base of the freezer.
After defrosting, clean and dry the interior of the
freezer, plug the appliance in and turn on the mains
on indicator light switch and the fast freeze switch.
Replace the frozen food and check that the
thermostat is at the correct setting.
Important 
A temperature rise of the frozen food packs, during
defrosting, may shorten their safe storage life.
When the appliance is not in use
When the appliance is not in use for long periods,
disconnect from the electricity supply, empty all
foods and clean the appliance, leaving the doors ajar
to prevent unpleasant smells.
External cleaning
Wash the outer cabinet door with warm soapy water.
Do NOT use abrasive products.
Attention!
In the event of a power failure causing the
temperature within your freezer to rise, do not re-
freeze the food without checking its condition.
The following guidelines should assist you.
Ice-cream: once thawed should be discarded. 
Fruits & Vegetables: if soft should be cooked and
used up.
Breads & Cakes: can be re-frozen without danger.
Shellfish: should be refrigerated and used up
quickly. 
Cooked Dishes: i.e. casseroles should be
refrigerated and used up. 
Large Pieces of Meat: can be re-frozen providing
there are still ice crystals remaining within them.
Small Joints: should be cooked and can then be re-
frozen as cooked dishes. 
Chicken: should also be cooked and re-frozen as a
cooked dish.