Just like any other commercial setting, it is just as important to maintain a clean ice maker in order to prevent unwanted bacteria from growing. Ice makers should be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected on a regular basis, as well as deeply cleaned. When it comes to ice makers in school settings, they can be found in almost every department. Whether it be in the teachers’ lounge or in the athletic department. Today we are going to review tips for maintaining a clean school ice maker.
When choosing an ice maker for your school or university, it is in your best interest to choose the safest ice machine possible. What does this exactly mean? This means investing in a touchless ice and beverage dispenser to further reduce the spread of germs. While touchless units may be ideal, traditional ice machines can be just as safe, if maintained properly.
A good tip for promoting sanitation and preventing the spread of bacteria is to set up a sanitizer station near the schools ice and drink dispenser. It is important to think in terms of out of site out of mind. When there is a sanitation station nearby, students are more likely to sanitize before and after use. To further enhance your ice sanitation, you may consider putting up signs on your dispensers letting students know to sanitize first and to refrain from dumping beverages and foods into the drip tray.
As mentioned above, it is extremely important to maintain clean ice makers in schools and universities to prevent the spread of harmful germs and bacteria. While manufacturers typically recommend deeply cleaning your ice machine twice a year, you may want to consider adding a few additional deep cleanings, due to the high traffic in schools.
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