“Regardless of the beverage brand you carry, the quality your establishment dispenses – good or bad – is a reflection on your own brand.”
Soda Fountain Machine P.M. Guidelines
This post will focus on both daily and monthly – quarterly procedures to optimize equipment performance, reduce costs and deliver perfect drinks.
Preventive Maintenance (P.M.)
It’s the answer to a successful fountain drink program:
Ensures customer satisfaction and repeat business
Dramatically reduces service and related costs
With modern technology, such as BevClean No-Rinse, cleaning easier than ever
Daily / Weekly Maintenance
Why it’s important and What to Clean
The key to a great and consistent fountain beverage is a clean dispenser – both inside and out.
Of course, cleaning your lines and internal system parts of your drink dispenser should be performed with regularity related to the types of beverages you serve, cleaning your nozzles, the external parts of your valves & bag/box connectors is equally important.
Routine daily maintenance is quick and easy, especially when kept up.
There are only 4 parts, besides an exterior wipe down, that need to be cleaned daily:
- Valve Diffusers
- Valves in and around nozzle/diffuser
- Bag Connectors
See diagrams below…
We recommend using a toothbrush, a small pipe brush tool, a towel and a cleaner with sanitiser solution. Please see diagrams below.
Parts/Areas to Clean To Ensure Quality
When finished cleaning the above parts thoroughly, pour the cleaner with sanitizer down the dispenser drain. While the drain has little effect on the drink quality, if not cleaned it will grow bacteria and cause a fowl odor. Ultimately, the drain will clog and liquids will overflow your dispenser’s drip tray.
Monthly / Quarterly Miantenance
Line & Internal Parts Cleaning
It is just as important to clean or have your system cleaned internally to deliver clean great fountain products.
When product/syrups are flowing without restriction, a perfect drink that remains in calibration is dispensed. A happier customer is the result.
The internal area of your system continually builds up with solids, sugar crystallization and bacterial growth. These solids and solid coagulation cause:
- pumps to work harder
- dispenser valves to clog
- restriction in product flow
- Service Calls
As well, the solids that make it through the valves build up on external parts allowing bacterial growth and molds to thrive.
Whatever method you use or choose, cleaning your lines and internal components should never be neglected.
In Our Next Post
We will be discussing how to use having a clean well maintained drink dispenser as a marketing advantage.