HOW TO CLEAN A COFFEE MACHINE.
One of the first rules in the use and installation of a coffee machine, whether table top, freestanding or capsule, is definitely cleaning.
Just like any other household appliance, cleaning a coffee machine is included in its maintenance.
DAILY AND WEEKLY CLEANING: OUR TIPS
Regardless of whether it is a freestanding or table-top, we recommend two types of cleaning, one daily and one weekly.
In the daily cleaning, we recommend cleaning and sanitising the following parts:
- bottom drawer;
- bottom tray;
- grounds drawer grille;
- coffee dispenser door (especially those in stainless steel).
In weekly cleaning, the parts to be cleaned and sanitised are:
- mixer cups;
- mixer body fixing ring nut;
- powder container;
- coffee group.
It is important, after cleaning with a specific product, to dry all parts thoroughly so that no water and/or moisture remains, which can create unpleasant odours.
Below is a link to the video produced by our Australian customer which shows the cleaning procedure described above:
WHY IS CLEANING IMPORTANT?
The question seems trivial but, in reality, it is not.
Proper cleaning of the machine's internal parts extends its life cycle.
Think about coffee group, composed of the grindstones; if theu are not checked and cleaned, some foreign body could get stuck in the grinder causing it to malfunction and, in some cases, to break some of its parts.
Another example is powder containers inside which there is a shaft with an auger that allows a given amount of powder to be dispensed.
If the container were not cleaned and checked, the moisture that could be created inside could solidify part of the product, making the auger no longer work properly.
On a regulatory level, moreover, companies are obliged to comply with the regulation that provides for food safety in the production, distribution, transport and administration of food.
DIFFERENT MODELS, DIFFERENT CLEANING
There are many different models of vending machines that can be more or less similar inside; what changes is the type of product dispensed.
Vending machines are different, as a consequence, also their cleaning is different.
To give two brief examples, in the line of snack machines, i.e. those that dispense packaged products by means of spirals, there are no parts relating to mixers and/or liquid/coffee grounds discharge; therefore, cleaning concerns the external parts of the machine (glass, dispensing compartment) and the internal spirals.
Completely different, on the other hand, is the cleaning and especially the sanitisation concerning machines supplying fresh milk.
Milk is an element that, if not properly removed, can create a large amount of bacteria as well as an unpleasant smell.
Precisely in order to try to minimise the risk of contamination, within our models we have set up automatic washing cycles for the 'fresh milk' circuit, i.e. all those parts inside the machine that cannot be removed during machine operation.
Moreover, at the time of purchase, we provide all the necessary information to customer who carryes out the daily washing of the entire circuit.
It follows from the above that the cleaning of vending machines cannot be disregarded, not only as a matter of hygiene, but also as a matter of legislation.
It goes without saying that each operator/manufacturer must carry out this according to the regulations in his country/region and the use of the vending machine.
if you need more information about ou cleaning and maintenence procedure, do not hesitate to contact us!