Cleaning is caring: Caring for your Office Dishwasher

If your workplace has a dishwasher, you will be aware that this kind of appliance can get rather nasty after being used by many people. From overloading that prevents a thorough cleaning job to stray pieces of food and horrible smells, there are many things that can go wrong with your office dishwasher.

Caring for your Office Dishwasher

Whether you have an employee who can’t seem to get into the habit of scraping their plate before placing it in the dishwasher, or no one taking responsibility for emptying and cleaning, there are plenty of potential issues that offices with a dishwasher can face. If you are looking for a way to keep your office dishwasher clean and efficient, read on. We have a handy guide that you may want to consider passing onto the rest of your team.

Rinse first

Before your staff put anything into the dishwasher, you should make it known that they need to rinse off any excess food or residue first. Extra bits can clog your dishwasher as time goes by, so minimalizing the solids that enter the system is a smart move. Depending on the frequency of your dishwasher’s run-time, this will also prevent the risks of mould growing between cycles. If an employee puts a grungy plate into the machine at the end of a Friday, the smells won’t benefit anyone on Monday morning.

Unload completely

The dishwasher is not an extra cupboard. Once a cycle has finished, it is important that the machine is completely emptied. This will prevent a mix-up of clean and dirty items, which will reduce energy wastage as clean items will only go through one cycle. It may benefit your office to implement a rota between your staff to ensure this task is completed.

Do not overload the dishwasher

After lunch is finished, it is far too common for your staff to jam their crockery into the dishwasher, creating a huge mess. Overloading the dishwasher will prevent it from running efficiently, which means you will likely have to rewash many items. To avoid this, make sure that the dishwasher is stacked in an orderly manner.

Keep it clean

Dirt can quickly build up in heavily-used workplace dishwashers. This is why it’s important to keep the dishwasher clean on a regular basis. Run the dishwasher on empty using rinse aid or vinegar to flush the system every other week. Also, be sure to clear out the dishwasher trap on a monthly basis. This is where most of the debris gathers. Wiping down the dishwasher’s seals around the doors every 3 months will keep the machine efficient and leak-free.

Hire a Professional

Alternatively, if you don’t like the idea of pulling old food out of work workplace, hire a professional cleaning company who will add it to their rota! At Absolutely Gleaming Services, we aim to keep our client’s offices sparkling from top to bottom. If you would like to know more, get in touch.

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