It is essential to take care of your cleaning equipment and to recognise when they may need replacing. Below you will find hints and tips for the best way to maintain your brushware and hygienic tools:
 

Procedures for Cleaning Hygienic Tools

  1. Remove all visible dirt and any foreign objects. Use a Salmon® Hygiene Technology brush with stiff filaments to do so.

  2. Clean the tool in a cleaning solution with a pH 5 or less. Alternatively clean in an industrial dishwasher (82°C/180°F).

  3. Rinse with clean water.

  4. If lime residues are formed on the tool after washing and use, these can be removed by washing in a cleaning solution with a pH 5 or less. Use a Salmon® Hygiene Technology brush with stiff filaments to do so or clean in an industrial dishwasher (82°C/180°F). 

  5. If required, tools can be disinfected after washing with an approved disinfectant. Salmon® Hygiene Technology products tolerate all approved disinfectants.

  6. Rinse with clean water to ensure the removal of any disinfectant residues on the tool before using it again for cleaning.

  7. If required, most Salmon® Hygiene Technology products can be sterilised by autoclaving. Many products can be autoclaved at temperatures up to 135°C/275°F. After autoclaving the tool should be left to cool prior to use. Please check product details or contact your distributor for further information.

  8. Place the tool to dry on a Salmon® Hygiene Technology wall hanging system (see pages 74-76).
     

Recognising When Tools Need Replacing

  1. When filaments are so entangled that particles can adhere to them.

  2. When filaments are discoloured.

  3. When the brush back or plastic moulding is scratched or badly marked.

  4. When the handle is broken or bent.

  5. When the filaments are worn excessively.

  6. When your system specifies that the tool must be replaced after a suitable period or if there may be a risk to food hygiene.
     

Brush Storage

Store your brushes and cleaning equipment away from surfaces on a colour coded wall bracket (see page 74-76), where they can be stored safely and securely and will last longer. Hanging up cleaning tools also promotes swift air drying and reduces scope for bacterial growth. Items missing from the wall bracket at the end of the shift will be readily identifiable. Never use brushes or other cleaning products for inappropriate tasks, for example as levers or mallets.