Giving your Glassware Extra Sparkle
There are a lot of really good reasons to keep your glassware in tip-top condition. First up is the quality of the serve. Ensuring there are no lurking contaminants on your glassware means you can be confident of the quality of the serve. And then there’s the effect on your customers. Marks and bloom are going to turn your clientele off in an instant, and they’ll be hot-footing it into the next establishment.
Follow our guide for A1 glassware giving you a quality serve, happy customers and a lower glass replacement budget!
Caring for your glassware in the glass washer
To ensure your glasses come out sparkling follow our best practice guidelines:
- Ensure all glasses are empty of both solids (fruit slices, pips, cocktail sticks etc.) and liquid residues.
- Ensure all speciality drinks containing cream are rinsed before being loaded into the machine.
- Never stack glasses on top of each other in the glasswasher.
- Avoid handling glassware during drying time.
- Don’t leave glassware in the machine after the cycle is complete.
Caring for your glasswasher
Your glasswasher will give you excellent service if you look after it. Correct care will both protect and beautifully clean your glassware. Added to which it will extend the life of both the machine and what goes into it. Our top tips for maintaining your glasswasher are:
- Test your incoming water and adjust detergent levels as required.
- Before use, check that the inside of the machine is completely clean and free of debris. Clean out the drain trap, check the wash filter and wipe around the doors.
- Remove and thoroughly clean all jets, filters, rinse and wash arms, etc. every 7 days.
- Avoid overcrowding the wash trays – Putting too much into a glasswasher will reduce its effectiveness.
- Make sure it is operating at the right temperature –
- Get your service engineer to check your wash and rinse temperatures.
- Ensure the washer is at the correct temperature (wash and rinse waters) before inserting the trays.
- If you are not using a freshwater glasswasher, then you should empty the wash tank after every 8-10 cycles – A non-freshwater machine simply recycles the wash water meaning that by the end of the sales session you will be cleaning your glasses in very dirty water.
- Before removing washed glasses ensure the total programme of wash and rinse is completed.
- Drain and rinse out the machine after every trading session.
In order to maximise the cleanliness of your glassware and the effectiveness and longevity of your machine, bear the following in mind:
- Ensure you are using the correct dosage of detergent and rinse aid.
- Use the correct rinse aid for your detergent – Manufacturers have designed their detergents and rinse aids to work together.
- Unless a specially formulated powder product with glass protection, always use liquid.
- Lower quality powder detergents can scratch and damage glassware.
- Good quality glass washing detergents will include water softening agents that prevent spotting in hard water areas and help to remove debris. Also, a detergent chemical which will remove tannin stains, proteins and yeast residues.
- Good quality rinse aids are worth the money – rinse aids are designed to reduce drying time by making the water run off the glass and evaporate faster as well as prevent streaks and water spotting.
To ensure the perfect serve only use high-quality chemicals and hygiene products – if you are unsure about the products you are using, just ask the CellarCraft guru