Keeping your ice machine consistently clean should be your number one priority because no one wants dirty ice. Keeping up with cleaning your Manitowoc ice maker not only helps you maintain a sanitary ice supply for your Kansas/Missouri business, but it also helps the machine to run efficiently. If your ice machine is kept clean, it will produce ice more consistently.
When cleaning your machine, not only are you washing away dirt and grime, but you’re disinfecting and sanitizing the unit to prevent the spread of germs. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Sanitizing essentially works in the same manner, but uses a lower concentration of chemicals to keep the bacteria levels at FDA standards. After both disinfecting and sanitizing, the chemicals should be rinsed off the equipment.
It’s easy to keep your Manitowoc ice maker clean and safe by following our guide below.
Cleaning Your Manitowoc Ice Machine’s Exterior
Manitowoc ice machine cleaning is simple. The clear-coated stainless steel used on the exterior prevents bacteria from getting trapped, making cleaning nice and quick. In addition to routine cleanings, the surface should also be disinfected and sanitized to prevent microorganisms from growing.
An EPA-registered disinfecting solution can be used to clean the exterior of your ice machine. Whatever disinfecting agent you use, make sure to follow the instructions on the label. Following the instructions will keep the user safe and ensure the solution is effective.
If you’re using a bleach-based cleaner, NEVER mix bleach with other cleaners. Combining bleach with other cleaners can produce harmful, toxic fumes that can cause respiratory distress.
Disinfecting Your Ice Maker’s Exterior
- Wash any dirty areas with warm water
- Spray the pre-washed area with any EPA-registered disinfecting agent
- Allow the solution to sit for at least 5 minutes
- Rinse with water and let dry
Sanitizing Your Ice Maker’s Exterior
- After cleaning and disinfecting, you can sanitize further using an EPA-registered sanitizing or disinfecting agent (make sure to follow the instructions on the label for “sanitizing”)
- Allow the solution to sit, and let air dry
Cleaning Your Manitowoc Ice Machine’s Bin
As an ice machine produces ice, it deposits it into either an ice bin or ice dispenser till it’s ready for use. Since your supply will spend most of its time in there, it’s important to keep it clean. The FDA considers ice to be food, so to avoid any health code violations, routine cleanings are a must.
Mold and slime are the most common contaminants you’ll see in your ice bin as they love to grow in dark, moist places. Ice safety is important to consider so that you’re not serving customers contaminated ice.
Most Manitowoc ice bins are lined with vinyl and plastic, making it easy to remove any contaminants. Larger ice bins come with a stainless-steel polyurethane interior, which is simple to clean as well. All bins are pretreated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent the growth of mold and slime. However, it’s still important to clean the interior regularly to ensure it’s as sanitary as possible.
Again, the best way to go about cleaning your ice bin is to use EPA-registered cleaner.
To get your ice bin looking like new, follow our Manitowoc ice machine cleaning instructions.
Disinfecting Your Ice Bin
- Spray on the solution to saturate contaminated surfaces
- Wipe down the interior to remove any debris and rinse thoroughly
- Leave it to air dry
Sanitizing Your Ice Bin
- Once dry, reapply the sanitizing solution you used when Cleaning your Manitowoc ice machine’s exterior
- Let the ice bin dry
Cleaning Your Manitowoc Ice Machine’s Evaporator
Hard water is common in the Kansas City area, and causes scale buildup in your evaporator, potentially damaging internal components. Routinely cleaning the evaporator will help to remove any buildup that could harm the machine, leading to costly ice machine repairs.
Accessing an evaporator plate when cleaning a Manitowoc ice machine is very simple. The front panel should open like a door, and once you’re inside, you’ll see a large plastic curtain hanging on a hinge. Pull gently towards you until one of the door tabs releases from the hinge holes. You should then be able to see the evaporator, which will look like a large metal grid.
Make sure there’s no ice stuck to the evaporator. If there is, initiate a manual harvest cycle using the touchpad. If there’s no ice stuck, go ahead and put the water curtain back up.
Using a nickel-safe cleaner is important when cleaning a Manitowoc ice machine’s evaporator. Other chemicals can deteriorate the nickel plating.
Cleaning Your Evaporator
- Open the front panel
- Ensure all ice is out of the bin
- Press the “Clean” button on the touchpad (the button looks like a hand holding a washrag)
- Select “turn off when complete” when prompted
- The touchscreen will countdown as the water trough refills for about a minute
- When told by the touchscreen, add cleaner into the ice machine. You’ll need to pour the cleaner between the water curtain and the evaporator. Look at the guidelines for cleaning your Manitowoc ice machine’s specific model for the correct amount of cleaner to add
- Press “chemicals added” on the touch screen when done
- Let clean cycle run for 24 minutes or until confirmed complete by the touchscreen
Professional Cleaning for Your Manitowoc Ice Machine is a Must
Cleaning your Manitowoc ice machine frequently helps to keep your ice supply sanitary, but manufacturers recommend additional professional service twice a year. An ice machine technician can clean, disinfect and sanitize hard-to-reach areas that you can’t access on your own.
While manufacturers recommend two professional visits per year, you may need more if your ice machine is in a bakery, brewery, or Kansas City barbeque joint. High-yeast and dirty environments like these can cause mold and slime to grow faster, so additional cleanings can help prevent growth. In the Kansas/Missouri area, we provide a rental program with the best ice machines at an affordable monthly cost that includes all cleanings, repairs, and ice machine service. We guarantee you’ll have a clean ice machine and a consistent ice supply year-round.