Steam cleaning for the food processing industry

Hygiene and cleanliness is obviously crucial in the food processing industry. Any outbreaks of illness can now be traced back to the source, so it’s vital that everything is done to avoid any possibility of food contamination during the processing and packaging stage.

Food Preparation Areas

  • Easily clean counters, serving lines and cooking equipment, all without chemicals
  • Deep cleaning of conveyor belts, rollers and packing lines
  • Cleaning and maintenance of ventilation ducts
  • Disinfection of scales and batching systems
  • Remove grease from cooking surfaces, oven doors and grill hoods
  • Sanitize food preparation areas and form added protection against bacteria and viruses
  • Clean tiles and grout in kitchen areas
  • Polish stainless steel surfaces without expensive chemicals
  • Remove baked on grease from pots and pans

Efficient cleaning with steam cleaners

The best way of cleaning and maintaining a hygienic working environment is to use a steam cleaning machine. The steam cleaners from Alpina make cleaning easy, efficient and cheaper.

The fact is, steam sanitizing is now hugely popular in the food processing industry, because the high temperatures generated by steamers have been proven to eliminate all kinds of bacteria and viruses, without the need for using chemical products and detergents.

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Brewery & Winery

Just like food processing, maintaining impeccable hygiene standards is very important for the beverage industry. Any outbreaks of illness can be traced back to the source, so it’s vital that everything is done to avoid any possibility of contamination during the processing and packaging stage.

Storage tanks, vessels and bottles in factories and warehouses are subject to the build-up of deposits full of fungi and bacteria. And production machinery tends to collect dirt due to spillages and the residues of lubricants and grease used to maintain the processing systems.


Beverage Preparation Areas

  • Easy sanitization and cleaning of bottling lines and nozzles
  • Removal of deposits, containing moulds and bacteria
  • Cleaning of conveyor belts and chains
  • Cleaning and maintenance of ventilation ducts
  • Polish chromed and stainless steel surfaces without expensive chemicals
  • Cleaning and sanitization of machinery
  • Floor and wall sanitization

How do I choose the right steamcleaner?

Consider the pressure, steam volume and temperature

Pressure is the secret to successful cleaning with steam. Put simply, more pressure equals easier cleaning. Reduce the pressure and you lose the ability to clean thoroughly. Steam pressure is measured in bars and you need, at the very least, three bars of pressure for effective cleaning.

Also, steam comes in wave form, with an element heating the new steam as you clean. Inferior machines can give you an initial blast of steam but are not sophisticated enough to maintain pressure for more than a few seconds.

Always check the steam pressure before you select a steamer and always test how well the pressure is sustained.
Older style steamers are filled direct to the boiler and sealed with a pressure cap. This means your cleaning time is restricted to the amount of water the boiler can hold. Refilling the boiler involves depressurising, refilling then reheating.

Modern steam cleaners use a second “reservoir” tank which pumps water into the boiler as it’s required, meaning no back pressure, and therefore no pressure cap.
This means you can refill the reservoir while you clean and, by using a smaller boiler, it will take less time for the initial heating of the steam.

Look at the accessories

There are various tools that can be used with a steam cleaner to simplify your cleaning tasks. Most of these tools are supplied as standard with quality appliances with specialised tools available as optional extras. Always make certain you have a good range of tools available for your steamer of choice.

Choose an appliance that fulfils your needs

Steam cleaners range from small steamers which can be used for small specified tasks, to the modern and popular steam with vacuum combination appliances that provide a total cleaning package. Consider what you want to achieve before selecting your steamer.

Opt for quality construction

If you want an appliance that will last, you need to make that it’s built with quality components. The boiler is the heart of the steamer, so for longevity you should select a steamer with a stainless steel boiler. And to maintain the boilers for years of trouble-free cleaning, it is recommended you use some form of filtered water. The old saying “you get what you pay for” is certainly true with steam cleaning machines, so you should be prepared to pay a bit more to ensure a quality appliance.

Look at the after sales service

As steam is, for most people, a new form of cleaning, it is imperative that you’re shown the correct method of use. This can be done personally by the representative (which is why steam cleaners are sold direct), or, with reputable companies, via an instruction format, preferably via video or DVD.

Alpina makes your choice easy

Alpina appliances are the best available, boasting the latest technology, quality parts, appliances for every situation and full support, both when it comes to educating customers about steam and after sales service.

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