Rational is warning that it’s essential for kitchen staff to follow the cleaning procedures recommended by their machine’s manufacturer in order to keep combi steamers operating safely and efficiently.
The company is worried that, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, some operators are choosing to delay cleaning in order to save money.
“We are already seeing an increase in service call-outs arising from this,” said Trevor Lath, national service director of Rational UK. “It’s a problem that will be affecting all combi steamer brands.”
Typically combi steamers should be cleaned every day as part of the kitchen routine. Most machines have self-cleaning programs that make what would be a time-consuming and unpleasant chore effortless.
On Rational’s new iCombi Pro, the iCareSystem tells operators when they need to run the programme to clean the combi, so it minimises the use of chemicals – because it only asks for a clean when it’s necessary.
The iCareSystem also deals with scale, so there’s no need for a separate water treatment system, or for expensive professional descaling. “The problem is that some operators are ignoring the iCareSystem’s alerts, on the assumption that delaying a clean and descale will save them money and won’t really do any harm. This is not the case,” added Mr Lath.
Deferring cleaning routines will lead to the build-up of dirt and scale, which may compromise cooking results, increase energy consumption and running costs and ultimately lead to equipment breakdown.
“The answer is simple,” said Lath. “Follow the machine’s alerts, or the manufacturer’s guidelines, and run the cleaning program when it’s required.”