Commercial ice machines need to be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. If they’re not, slime, bacteria and mold will accumulate, making the ice unsafe for consumption. In between deep cleanings, ice machines must be regularly wiped down and sanitized.
People with decreased immunity, the elderly and children are especially susceptible to food (or ice) bourn illnesses. If you don’t keep the ice machine clean, you’ll have sick customers. And if you have sick customers, you’ll start losing customers. Ice contamination can cause some serious ice problems for your business!
Have you ever seen the program Restaurant:Impossible? Chef Robert is constantly checking kitchen equipment for signs of filth and contamination. And the worst offenses usually involve the ice machine. Chef Robert will wipe a finger along the inside of an ice bin and come away with black slime on his finger. You don’t want to serve your customers or employees slimy ice!
Ice is considered a food product by the FDA and is required to be sanitary. Most business owners are not ice machine experts, yet they often handle equipment cleanings themselves. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to maintain a sanitary ice supply.
A dirty ice machine can cost a business more than customers. When the ice maker is dirty, the ice cube production slows down and energy-efficiency is lost. This leads to higher energy costs and replacement ice expenses. We’ve put together these easy to follow guides on how to clean a Manitowoc ice machine or how to clean a Hoshizaki ice machine.
Our ice machine subscriptions include 2 preventive maintenance visits and comprehensive cleanings a year. We only offer high quality ice machines, not cheap or inexpensive ice machines. We do the heavy cleanings for our customers. And we depend on them to keep the ice machine wiped down and sanitized, and air filters cleaned in between visits.
A dirty ice machine with slimy ice is not cool!