Trash Compactor Maintenance Tips

The great thing about trash compactors is that they are pretty much maintenance free appliances with little care required, other than replacing bags and cleaning.


  • You need to regularly, thoroughly clean the interior of your trash compactor. We recommend that you use a bacteria-fighting cleaner and/or degreaser to clean the ram (the platform that presses down on the garbage) and any other part of the compactor that comes into contact with the garbage. Make sure to thoroughly dry the compactor before putting in a new bag and closing the drawer.
  • Because you put food waste into it, bacteria can grow on the inside of your trash compactor. For temporary odor control between cleanings, try a deodorizer and spray the interior with a germ-killing deodorant/disinfectant. Also replace the filter (if there is one) once or twice a year.
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