Ensuring the optimal functioning and hygiene of your commercial glass washer is a non-negotiable for any food or beverage service business. Regular cleaning and maintenance not only extends the life of these invaluable machines but also ensures they perform at their best. This comprehensive guide explains everything you need to know about commercial glass washer cleaning, including the cleaning process, the cleaning frequency, the importance of descaling, and the appropriate use of specialized glass washer cleaning products.
THE KEY TO OPTIMAL GLASS WASHER PERFORMANCE
A commercial glass washer that is well looked after is an asset to any business serving food and beverages. To prevent residue build-up and to maintain its smooth operation, the following daily and periodic intensive cleaning steps are recommended:
EVERYDAY CLEANING PROCEDURE
- Once the day's service ends, ensure all leftover debris is removed from the glass washer's interior, including the filter and the top and bottom wash and rinse arms.
- Using a soft brush and warm water, clean the interior surfaces of the glass washer. Special attention should be paid to door seals, corners, and any areas that are difficult to reach.
- Note: Steer clear of any soap-based glass washer cleaner to avoid residual soap leading to foaming and subpar results.
- Maintain a professional look by wiping down the exterior surfaces with a damp cloth.
- Reassemble the machine and run a wash cycle to ensure no cleaning residue remains.
PERIODIC IN-DEPTH CLEANING
- Inspect the glass washer's interior components, such as wash and rinse arms, nozzles, and filters, to confirm they are free from blockages and build-up.
- Check door gaskets for signs of wear and tear and thoroughly clean them to ensure a good seal.
- Monitor the detergent and rinse aid levels in your commercial glass washer.
SCHEDULING YOUR CLEANING: HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR GLASS WASHER?
Formulating a cleaning schedule for your commercial glass washer is crucial. Generally, daily cleaning tasks should be carried out after each day's operation, while more comprehensive deep cleaning tasks can be undertaken on a weekly or monthly basis, based on the usage of the glass washer and the manufacturer's recommendations. Factors such as the number of glasses, the type of beverages served, and local health regulations might also determine the required cleaning frequency.
DESCALING: AN ESSENTIAL PART OF MAINTAINING YOUR GLASS WASHER
Mineral deposits may accumulate within your glass washer over time, affecting its performance and potentially causing damage to its components. Regular descaling with a high-quality glass washer descaler, such as our own brand, helps to keep your machine running smoothly by removing these deposits. Here's a step-by-step process to descale your glass washer:
- Start by ensuring safety: turn off the machine, wear protective gear, and remove all glasses.
- Disconnect the detergent line and run a few cycles to clear any detergent residue.
- Add 1 litre of descaling solution and heat up the glass washer.
- Run 4-5 wash cycles to remove scale deposits.
- Drain the washer, refill it, and run two rinse cycles to eliminate residual descaling solution.
- Reconnect the detergent line and wipe down the interior, your glass washer is now ready for use.
You can prevent limescale build-up by fitting your commercial glass washer with a water treatment system that removes mineral deposits from the wash water. This can be a water softener, demineralisation, or reverse osmosis system. Our article “Water Treatment for Commercial Glasswashers” outlines the pros and cons of each system to help you decide which is most suitable.
SHOULD BLEACH BE USED IN A COMMERCIAL GLASS WASHER?
While bleach can effectively remove stains and sanitize surfaces, it may not be suitable for all commercial glass washers. Using bleach could potentially damage interior components and cause discolouration of stainless-steel parts. Bleach can also be corrosive and pose a risk if it comes into contact with certain types of glasses or utensils. Always follow your glass washer's manufacturer's guidelines before using bleach or any other glass washer cleaning products. Consider using sanitizing solutions or commercial glass washer detergents specifically designed for your model as an alternative.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR GLASS WASHER
Regular cleaning and maintenance can help you prevent many common glass washer issues. However, if you observe any signs of malfunction or poor performance, such as unusual noises, leaks, or consistently dirty glasses, it's crucial to get professional help. Our expert in-house technicians are trained to maintain and repair various brands of commercial glass washers. You can book a call with them by contacting our support team at 020 8993 6199 or emailing email@example.com.
GETTING THE BEST RESULTS FROM YOUR COMMERCIAL GLASS WASHER
Ensuring optimal results from your commercial glass washer involves more than just regular cleaning and maintenance. It's also about the correct usage and handling of the machine. Always load your glassware correctly, avoiding overcrowding that could lead to damage or insufficient cleaning. Regularly inspect and clean the glass washer filter to ensure it's not causing any blockages. Lastly, always ensure that the water temperature and pressure are set as per the manufacturer's guidelines. It is also essential that you keep your glassware in pristine condition with regular renovation. Check out our article 'Glass Renovation: The Key to the perfect Pint'. Following these steps will not only enhance the performance of your glass washer but also contribute significantly towards achieving the highest standard of cleanliness for your glassware.
In essence, keeping a commercial glass washer clean and well-maintained is key to any beverage service establishment. By sticking to a regular cleaning schedule, descaling as necessary, and addressing any repair or maintenance issues promptly, you can ensure your glass washer operates efficiently and effectively, contributing to a clean and sanitary working environment. Always follow your glass washer's manufacturer's guidelines for specific cleaning and maintenance advice, and don't hesitate to reach out to our professional service department when needed.