Is Your Ice Machine a Part of Your Spring Cleaning?
Springtime is around the corner, and that means it’s time for spring cleaning! Whether spring cleaning makes you happier than a flower in the rain, or as sad as snow in the spring warmth, spring cleaning is a must for every business and restaurant owner. Sometimes restaurant owners, however, forget to clean an integral part of their day-to-day operations—the ice machine. In a way, ice can be treated as a food, and as such, the machine that dispenses ice needs to be both clean and sanitary. If you’ve never cleaned your ice machine, now’s a good time to start. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your machine:
1. Clean the outside of your machine—use a cleaner to scrub the outside of the entire unit, focusing specifically on areas that frequent human contact. If you need to, try to pull the unit away from the wall if the unit usually is backed against the wall. This will allow you to scrub the back of the unit, as well as vacuum and mop the floor underneath the unit and look for dust on the wall. If your unit is stainless-steel, be sure to consult the owner’s manual for the specific type of cleaner to use.
2. De-scale the unit—while you have the owner’s manual out, look for a chapter or section on cleaning the unit. There you’ll find the process of how to de-scale your unit. Each unit is different, so pay careful attention to the process steps, as well as the correct type of formula to use.
3. Sanitize the unit—again, consult the owner’s manual on exactly how to do this. When choosing a sanitizer, be sure to select the appropriate type. You don’t want to cut corners during this step, as not correctly sanitizing your unit could cause your customers to be exposed to different types of bacteria.
4. Replace the water filter—you should already be doing this every six months (or as often as the manual says), but now’s a perfect time to replace the filter if you haven’t already been doing so.
That’s it! If you have any questions about this process, contact us at Best Refrigeration Co., Inc., Sales & Service. While cleaning, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to take a look at your unit and offer any advice we see fit.