How Often Should an Ice Machine Be Cleaned?
Businesses may start out with good intentions but they can easily fall by the wayside with regards to cleaning and maintenance once things get busy or at the end of long service.
There’s varying advice on the frequency that a commercial ice machine should be cleaned. This does depend on the frequency of use and water condition in each circumstance.
Manufacturers do recommend cleaning on a quarterly basis. However, this is what is called the deep clean.
Weekly cleaning by the staff of the visible interior should take place when the machine is empty.
Remember that it’s not just about waging war against bacteria but also eliminating any build-up of harmful slime or mould that naturally occurs when air is drawn into the equipment during operation.
Never wait for negative signals such as soft, malformed, cloudy cubes or a distinct aroma before cleaning. If any of these occur it will generally mean cleaning is already overdue. Stick to a strict timetable to remain proactive rather than reactive.