Do You Maintain Your Kitchen Equipment?19th February 2020
Good practice equals cost savings…
A survey undertaken by British warewashing brand, Classeq, has found that almost a third of operators surveyed don’t actively practice an ongoing cleaning and maintenance schedule for their warewashing equipment. Indeed, they simply wait for their equipment to go wrong before reaching out to solve the problem. 30% of those asked admitted that they don’t follow recommended guidelines and leave things ‘to chance’.
According to Adam Lenton, Marketing Manager at Classeq, the message is very simple: “Operators can get more from their equipment and enjoy longer and better performance if a simple cleaning routine and basic maintenance schedule are adhered to. He says: “It’s very easy to take equipment for granted whilst it’s running well, but downtime and repairs can have a negative impact on your business and we would always advocate ‘prevention rather than cure’…!
“No operation can afford to have their warewasher out of action for any length of time (neither can they afford to serve dirty cutlery, crockery and glasses). And yes, today’s machines, like those from Classeq, are very efficient and reliable, but they are also operating in high pressure environments, often continuously for hours on end and by just ‘leaving things to chance’, is not the best long-term approach.
“Looked after properly, most machines will have a life-span of 5+ years and beyond and you can save money in the long run. We recently found an old Classeq machine that was installed before 1989 and had been kept in a really well-maintained condition and was still being used!
A little goes a long way
According to Classeq, keeping on top of a little everyday cleaning will make a huge difference to the final results that comes out of the washer. Training staff properly on how to run and maintain a machine helps to ensure the machines run at optimum efficiency and for the longest period, avoiding costly mistakes that can lead to damage over time and limit the lifespan of a machine.
“Staff will need to know how to regularly clean machine filters and to change them and how to check and top up the salt, chemicals and water softener frequently. When we install a machine, we always give training and guidelines to the site on how to maintain the machines for optimum performance and machine longevity, and we recommend the customer implements a maintenance schedule and advise they make sure a regular service is carried out”.
British-made, Classeq machines have been cleverly designed to make warewashing simple, with minimum maintenance, they are renowned for their reliability and durability and have become one of the most popular brands of choice across the hospitality sector.