Ice Machine Cleaning & Sanitation

Many ice machines offer a cleaning cycle that works as a sanitary benefit for regular cleaning.  But ice machine automatic cleaning cycles are not affective as the only cleaning procedure to ensure safe ice production.  Our technicians provide manual cleaning of the entire ice machine including water lines, dispensers, bins and all other components that can affect the sanitary quality of the ice that is being produced.

Benefits of Ice Machine Sanitation

  • Creates sanitary ice production
  • Complies with health code
  • Increases ice yield
  • Extends life and increases performance
  • Keeps producers safe from fines and health related incidents/lawsuits
  • Promotes the health of the general public

Before and After

Mold and Bacteria Control

Major Appliance Service, Inc. provides ice machine cleanings for all makes and models. We will thoroughly clean and disinfect your ice machine ensuring all mold, mildew and other pathogens known to be harmful to your health are removed or remediated. Waiting to maintain or clean your ice machine can lead to sick customers and begin to affect your business.

Ensure that you are complying with food safety code and your customers are safe from food-borne illness. Ice machines that are neglected or not regularly cleaned cause the spread of food-borne pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Shigella, and the Norwalk Virus increasing your liability as a business.

Eliminate Biofilms

Biolfilms are a collection of microorganisms, mainly bacteria, growing together in a matrix of polymers secreted by microorganisms. Once microbes grow into well-developed biofilms, cleaning and sanitation become much more difficult. Biofilms have a shielding effect on the bacterial cells within them, and normal cleaning and sanitizing methods may not eliminate them. Biofilms MUST be removed or prevented from forming on surfaces.

Disease-producing bacteria, including Listeria, can be 1,000 times harder to eliminate if it is living in a protective biofilm. Biofilms can be a continual source of pathogenic and spoilage organisms if not completely removed.

Major Appliance Service, Inc. technicians will remove the various parts of the ice machine and thoroughly clean and sanitize them to ensure the biofilm is removed.

Ongoing Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance of ice machines and storage units is essential in preventing contamination of ice or equipment. Where possible always follow manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance and cleaning.

A regular cleaning schedule should be established and cleaning and maintenance records maintained. Inspect the interior of the machine twice a week for build up of mould or other contaminants, and clean accordingly. The removable parts of the machine should be disassembled and cleaned on a regular basis, such as monthly or quarterly, as determined by manufacturer’s instructions or health care facility.

Major Appliance Service, Inc. recommends that a 6-month hygiene service cycle be implemented to reduce the risk of contamination.