Like any other appliance that comes in contact with food, your ice maker must be cleaned on a regular basis. Whether you are dealing with a commercial Hoshizaki ice maker in a restaurant or a home, you still must prevent mold, mildew and food-borne disease-carry organisms from growing on the surfaces. Clean your ice machine inside and out at least once a month to keep the cubes coming out clean and clear.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- Dishwashing liquid
Unplug the Hoshizaki ice maker and turn off the water supply to the machine. Bail out as much ice as you can and discard it. Allow any remaining stray cubes to melt and drain from the bottom of the bin.
Put on rubber gloves. Open the lid and remove the ice curtain, chute and any other removable parts you may find. Place these parts in a sink filled with hot water and dishwashing solution.
Scrub off the parts in the sink, rinse them and soak them in a solution of 1 ounce of common bleach in 3 gallons of water. Let the parts soak for five minutes. Rinse them and allow them to air dry.
Make a fresh bucket of bleach solution. Wipe the inside of the ice maker with a sponge and bleach solution. Use the sponge up inside the ice-making mechanism, coating the entire interior with the bleach water. Leave the door open and allow the interior to air dry.
Wash and sanitize your hands. Put the ice machine back together. Turn the water supply back on and plug the machine back into the outlet. Allow the machine to run until you have 1 inch of ice at the bottom of the bin. Turn the machine off, scoop out the ice and discard it. Turn the machine back on and allow the bin to fill.
Tips & Warnings
- If you find a large amount of black mold up inside the machinery, call a professional cleaner for your ice machine. They have equipment that the average home or restaurant doesn't stock and can clean the interior more thoroughly.