Do you love hosting potlucks, parties or get-togethers at home? Are you fond of taking the family on vacations in your RV? Either way, having a counter top ice maker is a must. While investing in one that offers the best quality within your budget is a given, maintaining your ice maker is totally different story.
A well-maintained counter top ice maker can be trusted not to act up in the middle of a party when drinks are being served. However, keeping your machine well-maintained goes beyond that.
Several studies conducted in the past have shown that ice making machines are high-risk environments for mold, slime and bacterial infestation. While black mold is quite common in ill-maintained units, bacteria (such as E. coli, salmonella and shigella) should cause greater alarm.
Failure to keep the ice maker sanitized can put your family and friends at risk to illnesses ranging from gastrointestinal infections and even to septicemia, which can lead to death.
Don’t wait until you see black, brown or pink films forming on the crevices and surfaces on the inside of your ice maker. Do not wait until your ice gets weird dark spots on them or until your ice smells and tastes funky.
Ideally, you'd need to perform a deep clean at least once every 3 months. However, countertop ice makers that are used in high-traffic places like in an office party should be cleaned more often. You should also clean your ice maker following a party or a trip. This is because several people are in contact with the machine and contamination is more likely to happen in these situations than in a typical home setting.
Dirty hands digging into the basket can contaminate the ice. The continuous opening of the ice maker throughout the party can get dust and microbes inside.
Luckily, a portable or counter top ice maker is easier to clean and maintain compared to the bigger wall-mounted machines.
Cleaning a portable ice maker is straightforward. You just need to unplug the machine, take out its removable parts, wash everything, put the machine back together, turn it back on, run a test, discard of the first batch of ice, and you are good to go.
However, if you are serious about doing an efficient cleaning job, here are a few tips to follow:
So, now ask yourself, when was the last time you've done a thorough clean on your portable ice maker? If you can’t remember, then today is a good day for a cleaning!