Food Factory Cleaning
The need for high levels of hygiene in food production areas is obvious, and the cleaning regime and methods have to be as efficient as the productions systems they clean up after. Fortunately there is a wide variety of equipment available for food factory cleaning, as well as custom designed systems designed for specific production lines and environments.
Cleaning equipment for food hygiene
The main purpose of food factory cleaning is to remove the residue that bacteria need to grow, and kill all bacteria on the surface. All surfaces that come into contact with food have to be cleaned as do other areas such as walls. Pressure washer are used to wash down the area and remove surface deposits. The size and type of pressure washer will be determined by the area and type of equipment being cleaned and the level of cleanliness required. Our customers usually use a hot water pressure washer; perhaps with an additional steam facility for deeper cleaning where required. A stand-alone dry steam cleaner is more appropriate for some applications, either static or portable.
High pressure cleaning
Water emitted at high pressure has a scouring effect on hard surfaces which effectively blasts away impurities. Whilst this is superficially effective, which may be all that is required, there is some concern within the food and catering industry about the possibility of bacteria potentially being suspended in airborne particles and therefore still hazardous. This is of particular concern in high risk areas of food processing i.e. the last stage before it reaches the consumer, as any contamination at this stage would be difficult to deal with. High Pressure Cleaning is a very effective method in the right situation, and its cleaning hygienic efficiency is well known.
Medium pressure cleaning
If high pressure washing isn’t suitable then an alternative is medium or even low pressure washing. We are all aware of the cost of energy and water, and the need to minimise waste, so the cleaning at lower pressure has become more popular, although can lead to more manual cleaning and a need for more chemicals to remove protein build up etc.
Food process cleaning systems
B&G Cleaning Systems have been developing centralised cleaning systems for their customers for many years. These can incorporate high and low pressure water within the same system for cleaning different areas of the factory. The advantages of this type of system are that the operator can use the appropriate water flow for the job in hand with consequent savings in water and fuel costs. The system uses a multi pump concept so that a varying number of operators can use the system at different times depending on the needs of the business. Our bespoke food process cleaning systems are designed for the efficient and economical cleaning required in the modern food process environment.
The processes within a food factory are normally consistent each day and therefore the cleaning requirements are likely to be similar. The usual procedure for cleaning food factory equipment is to clean surfaces with the appropriate detergent chemicals, rinse, and then apply a sanitizing agent to reduce any micro organisms to a safe level. To achieve the correct level of hygiene it is best to install a purpose designed system which allows the process to be carried out to the correct standard and reduces the potential risk for incorrect usage. By using a custom designed system the correct chemicals will be dispensed and the correct water pressure will be used to ensure optimum performance.
Using a ring main system with connection points for different cleaning lances enables all areas to be cleaned efficiently and effectively. The pump system on the innovative and efficient MPA Hydra system for example also allows for different numbers of operators to use it at different times by using a multi pump system operated through a control board to ensure efficient and cost effective usage.
For advice about food factory cleaning talk to B&G Cleaning. We have designed and installed cleaning systems for many major food producers.