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    Posted by Marie Ristic on 18 November 2021

    Industrial Hygiene

    How to Clean a Hygiene Station

    How to Clean a Hygiene Station

    Elpress’ hygienic entrances are one of the best ways to prevent contamination and bacteria from getting into your production area. But installing a hygiene station isn’t the end of the hygiene journey, you need to ensure you’re cleaning it properly every day to prevent build up of grime or soap residue. 

    To get you started, we’ve put together this short guide on how to clean a hygiene station. Read on to learn more or speak to an FPE specialist if you have any questions.

    Overview:

    Why do you need to clean your hygiene station?

    While it may sound counterintuitive that you should have to clean industrial cleaning equipment, it’s incredibly important that you do. Daily cleaning (and annual maintenance) of a hygiene entrance is essential because:

    • Dust and dirt from boots/shoes and hands get into the entrance, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria
    • It ensures that bacteria can’t get into your industrial process
    • It keeps the stainless steel surfaces in good condition
    • It minimises the chance of faults and defects
    • If soap residue is left behind, rust can form

    How to clean an Elpress hygiene station

    Elpress hygiene stations are made up of a number of parts (including an automatic shoe sole cleaner and a hand hygiene system), which require different types of cleaning. We’ve listed out the process of how to clean a hygiene station below:

    1. Clean brushes and basin 

    Remove and clean the brushes (the brushes can be taken out by hand, see a quick video here). Then clean the basin where the brushes were. Put the brushes back once this is done. You may use a high pressure cleaner with a foaming agent for this part.

    2. Refresh the disinfection bath

    Empty and clean the disinfection bath (you may use high pressure if necessary). Fill the bath again with a fresh disinfection agent.

    3. Clean the hand hygiene section

    Wipe over the hand section with a wet cloth (a cleaning agent is generally not needed). Because of the sensors and electronics, you can’t use a high pressure cleaner here.

    4. Check the chemical supply

    Check the chemical supply by giving it a look over. Are there any leaks or faults? If so the relevant parts will need to be replaced.

    5. Clean the surrounding area

    Clean the room (including the floor) where the hygiene station stands.

    How long does the cleaning process take?

    The daily cleaning of the hygiene entrance can take between 15 and 30 minutes. We recommend running the cleaning process after every production day or at a fixed time of the day for 24/7 productions.

    Annual maintenance 

    When you’re learning how to clean a hygiene station, a key part of the process is your annual maintenance. Not only does it keep your hygiene station working optimally, but it prevents the build up of bacteria in faults or defects. 

    It can be carried out by your own technical department or you can contact FPE for assistance.

    During your annual maintenance, a checklist is followed to ensure it’s thoroughly inspected. This includes:

    • Inspection of the complete operation of the entrance:
      • Operation of the sensors
      • Condition of the brush bristles
      • Operation of the turnstile
      • Any leakages
    • Checking and readjusting as required:
      • Chemical dosing
      • Water supply through the spray pipes onto the sole brushes
      • Sensors
    • Preventive replacement of:
      • Return valves (in the chemical supply)
      • Restriction plate (where the chemical is dosed)
      • HEPA filter of the Dyson hand dryer

    This process can take up to two hours, depending on the condition and model of your hygiene station. 

    As a leading supplier of industrial washing systems in Australia and New Zealand, we believe that everyone deserves to trust the food they eat, and the equipment that it’s produced with. That includes the hygiene equipment in your processing plant. We hope this guide on how to clean a hygiene station is useful to you and if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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