Bread slicer machines are an easy example that gets overlooked or is commonly forgotten when cleaning your restaurant kitchen. Whole loaves of bread are consistently and equally sliced using commercial machines. They are commonly found in bakeries and other establishments that make their own bread. Lenexa Manufacturing Company’s blog today presents a few cleaning and maintenance tips for commercial bread slicer machines.
How Important is Maintaining Your Bread Slicer Machine?
Cleaning Your Commercial Bread Slicer
The equipment in your commercial kitchen or hospitality business needs to be well-maintained. This type of equipment is designed to survive continuous or frequent usage, and if it is not properly maintained, it can negatively impact production, sales, and your budget.
Bacterial development and cross-contamination are reduced when slicers are cleaned and maintained properly. If not adequately addressed, slicers can end up in serious sanitation difficulties. When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, operators should not take any shortcuts.
Cleaning Suggestions for Your Bread Slicing Machine
- Always take caution!
- Before undertaking any cleaning or maintenance, read the instruction handbook.
- Before cleaning or performing any maintenance on your bread slicer, make sure the machine is fully unplugged.
- Always use safety gloves to protect your hands.
- Wipe off the equipment, especially the blade, with a wet towel soaked in sanitizer.
- To avoid bread tasting like sanitizer, wipe down the bread slicer with hot water after cleaning (ring out the towel so it is just damp).
- To avoid rust, always dry your bread slicer with a dry rag after cleaning it.
- When cleaning the blade, never force the towel against it because the blades are quite sharp, and you might easily injure yourself.
- Remove and replace each blade one at a time when changing them, making sure they are all in the appropriate spot.
- When you are finished cleaning and maintaining your bread slicer, tighten all of the screws.
Maintaining Your Commercial Bread Slicer in Working Order
You get a lot of small crumbs when you slice bread. As a result, most machines feature pieces that can be removed for easy cleaning and maintenance. Make sure to clear out the crumbs on a regular basis to ensure not only food safety but also that they do not build up and reduce the machine’s efficiency.
You do not want crumbs to become stuck in the machine and hinder it from working properly. Another technique to keep your bread slicer in good working order is to replace the blades on a regular basis. The frequency will be determined by the amount of bread you are slicing. If you slice less than 50 loaves each day, changing the blade once a year should suffice. If you slice more than 500 loaves each day, however, you should replace the blade every two months.
Operators should be aware of certain signals that suggest the unit may need to be replaced. Broken or malfunctioning parts can affect the quality of the slices as well as the operator’s ability to clean the slicer effectively. Broken components may require the purchase of a new unit, depending on the cost of replacement and repair.
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We are committed to ensuring that our clients get the most out of their equipment through educating them. If you require assistance, please contact us today at Lenexa Manufacturing Company.