Make sure your ice maker is hygienically clean when you turn it back on!
Regardless of the type of ice machine you use, you’ll need to make sure that it’s in perfect, hygienic operating condition preventing the risk of spreading unwanted pathogens and bacteria like Legionella, e-coli, or any number of other nasty contaminants.
To help you and your customers, the Hubbard Systems Technical Department has provided the following advice and points to consider when recommissioning or reinstating Scotsman ice makers:
- Drain down the water system of your ice machine to remove any potentially stagnant or contaminated water.
- Remove the water system components from the machine. Cleaning and sanitise these parts, replace them if they’re worn or damaged.
- Remove and clean the water inlet hose feeding the equipment, replace this if it has any signs of damage.
- Replace the water filter cartridge (or install a new 3M one if it’s missing). Quality hygienic ice needs a clean and hygienic water supply.
- Once the parts have been cleaned, flush the whole system and ice storage bin with and approved sanitising solution, circulating it around for a minimum of 10 minutes. Ensure that you pour sanitising solution down any internal drain points to sanitise these too.
- Remove and clean the drain hose of the equipment to prevent any return of stagnant water to potentially contaminate the ice bin. Replace the hose if it’s excessively dirty or damaged.
- On completion of the above regime, allow the unit to make ice BUT dispose of the first few batches of ice to ensure that all residual sanitiser is purged from the system.
- REMEMBER – to ensure your ice remains safe and hygienic, clean and sanitise the external surfaces, bin lids, ice scoops and ice buckets regularly throughout the day and clean your ice machine completely at least once a week.
If you have any doubts, call us to arrange for a qualified service technician to visit your site to recommission your machine.
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