You have to make dough so you can make dough…From hand to stand, your bakeries and restaurants rely on mixers to perform vital operations every day. You want to avoid delays and cancelling orders at all costs. That means you need your kitchen to remain fully operational. Staying on top of equipment maintenance ensures that equipment works great whenever you need it. Preventive maintenance doesn’t have to be a huge burden on your staff, but it will make everyone’s life easier in the long run. Commercial mixer maintenance means keeping your machine cleaned, oiled, and sanitized.
Extend your mixer’s lifespan
Constant use from dry mixtures and heavy doughs can take a serious toll on your mixer. Overworking the motor can lead to burnout and breakage of the attachments and internal components. Knowing how to clean and maintain your machines is as important as knowing how to use them. Preventive maintenance can save you time and money on costly repairs. That’s why we put together a commercial mixer maintenance guide for your food service operation.
Lubricate moving parts
Using food grade oil, ensure that all moving parts like height adjuster and gears of your mixer are properly lubricated. Neglecting this step can lead to jamming and difficulty in moving parts. Refer to your model’s manual as needed for a specific lubrication schedule.
Adjust the Agitator
Misaligned parts can put unnecessary pressure and strain causing breakage and wear. Adjust the agitator height to ensure that it is properly aligned for the machine’s measurements.
First, make sure the mixer is turned off and unplugged from the wall to prevent any chance of injury. Remove any attachments, hooks, paddles, wire whisks and soak them in hot water in the sink. Depending on the model, remove the cage and adjust the head to fully tilt back. Using water and mild cleaning solution, wipe away any grime and buildup. Give the bowl cradle a thorough wipe, scraping away any buildup that could hinder the fit of the bowl. Hand wash the cage and attachments, sanitizing and drying before replacing.
The bowl and any attachments along with the cage should be washed after each use. When in use, it is also important to allow enough room for dough and batter to mix and rise effectively. This prevents extra strain on the motor and mess to clean after. Follow specific user guidelines for how often to oil and reference for replacement parts.
Dos and Don’ts of commercial mixer maintenance
Be sure to avoid bleach and harsh chemicals when cleaning. Also do not use steel wool on the mixer as these can be harmful and abrasive to the metal and plastics. Instead use hot water and soap and wipe with a cloth or brush. Read over the instruction manual for your machine’s model before taking it apart to avoid breaking the warranty. In the case maintenance or repairs are needed, keeping detailed notes of the equipment and incident are important for records. Keeping thorough records can help uncover chronic issues and provide insight into the lifespan of equipment.
Manage your restaurant equipment
Your mixer keeps your kitchen running so it’s crucial to make sure you keep your mixer in tip top shape. At Equips we make maintenance simple. Using Equips app, we create an open line of communication and equipment visibility, allowing for repairs to get fixed quicker. We know how valuable your time is and that’s why you can submit a service request in less than 15 seconds! Our solutions team is ready to help you make the most of your equipment management strategy. Schedule a demo today!