Spending too much on water, energy and detergents?
These days every caterer and publican is trying to maximise profits and cut costs. One category of equipment that has high running costs is warewashing – glasswashers and dishwashers use loads of energy, water and detergents. Now British manufacturer Classeq has put together some top tips to help UK businesses cut the cost of cleaning crocks.
1 – Keep filters clean – blocked filters will have a serious impact on the machine’s ability to clean. Ultimately they may cause damage.
2 – Clean filters regularly – at least once a day.
3 – Get the dosage right – if you get streaks and spots you may be using too much detergent, rinse aid or softener. Too much can be just as detrimental to the machine’s results as using too little, and it’s a waste of money.
4 – Adjust for hard water – make sure your machine is set up for local conditions. For example, the dosage for the chemicals should be adjusted for the hardness of water. You may even need to use special detergents if the water is very hard or soft.
5 – Get on the scale – limescale (caused by minerals in water) is a major cause of service problems – not only will scale build-up mean you use more energy, it can kill the machine completely if left too long. If it doesn’t have one already, fit your warewasher with a water treatment system, such as a filter or softener, and make sure the machine is regularly descaled.
6 – Look after it – having your warewasher regularly serviced will save money three ways: first, it’ll ensure it’s always working to maximum efficiency, minimising energy, water and detergent use. Second, it’s less likely to break down. Third, it’ll last longer.
7 – Before you buy – check the machine you are considering has cost-saving features such as insulation (to retain temperature and cut energy use), filtration systems (to lengthen the life of the wash water), and smaller wash tanks (to minimise water consumption).
8 – Every day – last but by no means least, follow the manufacturer’s regular cleaning and maintenance instructions.
“These tips aren’t rocket science, most are common sense – but it’s all too easy to get into bad habits with warewashing,” says Nick Burridge, sales director of Classeq. “Businesses that follow them should find their glasswashers and dishwashers cost less to run.”
Classeq is part of the Winterhalter UK group, providing a total solution for warewashing through a nationwide network of distributors, offering everything from pre-sales advice to after-sales service. For information on the Classeq range of glass and dishwashers please visit www.classeq.co.uk