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Should You Pre-Rinse Restaurant Equipment Before Using the Dishwasher? October 18, 2016

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Should You Pre-Rinse Restaurant Equipment Before Using the Dishwasher?, Virginia Beach, Virginia

When you own a business where food is prepared or served, you may have considered how well you need to clean your dishes and cooking equipment before putting them in the dishwasher. Tech-24 provides expert food equipment installation, commercial equipment repair, and restaurant equipment maintenance services for restaurants, convenience stores, and concession stands nationwide.

Should you clean your dishes and cooking equipment before running them in the dishwasher? The expert repair technicians know it’s essential to sanitize all restaurant equipment, but the habit of rinsing or even giving them a quick scrub before putting them through a cycle in the dishwasher could be doing more harm than good. You want to make sure those dishes get clean, but Tech-24 has discovered a pre-rinse isn’t necessary. 

imageRinsing your kitchen equipment before putting them through a wash can be a waste of water and energy since newer, more efficient dishwasher models are capable of sufficiently cleaning your dishes and cooking equipment. In fact, some recent dishwasher models use a sensor to choose the right amount of cleaning needed. 

The dishes get rinsed at the start of the cycle, and the sensor checks the dirtiness of the water, which determines how thoroughly your dishes will be cleaned. A pre-rinse may cause the sensor to sense clean dishes and only provide a light wash. Check your owner’s manual to see if your dishwasher has this function. 

In addition, dishwashing detergent needs the grease and grime found on dirty dishes to work properly. Without it, the alkaline levels in the detergent become more concentrated, resulting in scratched and cloudy dishes. The repair technicians at Tech-24 recommend scraping food chunks (anything larger than a dime) from your dishes before using the dishwasher. Large food particles will either bounce around inside the washer during the cycle and settle back on the dishes at the end or clog the drain and filter.

Following the user’s instructions in your owner’s manual and maintaining your restaurant equipment on a regular basis is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your commercial kitchen equipment. Contact Tech-24 when you need commercial equipment repairs and maintenance. Visit the website to learn more about the services offered or to find a location near you.

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