Restaurants have commercial dishwashers that are different from home dishwashers. Commercial dishwashers wash more dishes in less time (almost no time as compared to the domestic dishwashers). Every machine needs special care to maintain their work, and restaurant dishwashers wash huge piles of dishes daily which often leads to people asking this question; ‘how do I make my restaurant dishwasher better?’.
So, if you are new to this business, or you are having some problems with your dishwasher and do not know how to maintain it, then this article will help you out a lot (Fingers crossed!).
In order to make your restaurant dishwasher work better, keep the interior of your dishwasher clean, use the right detergent and rinse aid and make sure the dishwasher does not run out of them. Clean the spray arms, filter and drains daily. Also, service your dishwasher after every 3-4 months as every machine needs service to work properly.
Restaurants have a lot of dishes to wash. Back in the days when dishwashers were not yet invented, washing dishes was a real hectic job at a restaurant, and a reasonable restaurant had more than 5 people working as dishwashers at a time. These days, commercial dishwashers have made this job a lot more easier than the past. These dishwashers can wash up to 55 racks of dishes per hour.
Now there is no such need to wash dishes, but still, dishwashers are hired to maintain these machines. The dishwasher’s job is to pre-rinse the dishes and remove each and every food particle to keep it from going inside these commercial dishwashers so that these machines can work smoothly.
Types of Commercial Dishwashers
There are many types of commercial dishwashers according to their sizes and functions; like under-counter commercial dishwashers, glasswashers, doorstep commercial dishwashers, etc.
Regarding water temperature, there are only two types. Commercial dishwashers either work with low water temperature or use high water temperature to wash the dishes.
The commercial dishwashers with high water temperatures are more in demand than the other ones. These dishwashers wash the dishes with high water temperature (up to 140֯ F). This cleans the dishes as well as sanitizes them.
11 tips to make a restaurant dishwasher work better
You can follow the following tips to make your restaurant dishwasher work better
The first and the most important step for any dishwasher owner should be to pre-rinse the dishes first and then put them in the dishwasher to clean. If you don’t do that, the leftover food will get stuck and gather on the filter of the dishwasher and will cause blockage in it, whether it is a commercial dishwasher or a domestic one.
So, if you want your dishwasher to run smoothly and do its job properly, then you must pre-rinse the dishes and make sure to remove every leftover food or bones. It will save your dishwasher.
Some dishes need scrubbing as they have hard and tough stains that cannot be removed with rinsing only. There is a lot going on in restaurants, and every item needs to be cooked as fast as it can. Of course, this process involves high flame cooking.
The pots and pans used in a restaurant have tough stains due to the high flame cooking that cannot be removed easily unless they are scrubbed off completely. Firstly, pre-soak them for some time; it will be easy to scrub off those stubborn stains, and then put them in the commercial dishwasher to clean.
Clean the dishwasher
Restaurants serve almost all kinds of dishes. Some are dry and some dishes involve frying, while some have too much fat and oil in them that usually leaves the plates very oily and greasy. Commercial dishwashers wash these greasy dishes with high-pressure hot water.
This can also make the inside of the dishwasher oily and greasy, so a dishwasher should be cleaned at the end of the day. This will keep your restaurant dishwasher run perfectly fine for long term.
Well, detergent is the main player in washing anything (dish related of course :P). All the machines have their own specific preference over detergents. There is a variety of detergents that are available in the market with different properties.
Always choose the right detergent according to the need of your dishwasher. This will not only give you crystal clean dishes, but also a long durability to your dishwasher.
You can also make your dishwasher do its job properly by refilling the detergent and rinse aid before it gets finished. Rinse aid is very important for those restaurant dishwashers that have to use hard water. Rinse aid removes the stains and cloudy thin sheet of minerals from the dishes that get on the dishes when washed in hard water.
Good supply of water
Commercial dishwashers are heavy-duty dishwashers that wash almost 40+ racks in an hour (which is much more than the regular home dishwashers). It requires a lot of water to wash this huge number of dishes. In order to maintain the pace of your dishwasher, always make sure to have good water supply to your restaurant dishwasher.
Another reason is the use of high-temperature water. Most of the time, people prefer commercial dishwashers that work with high temperatures because they wash as well as sanitize dishes properly. These dishwashers need even more water to wash the dishes. So, if you have one of these kinds, then always provide your dishwasher with a good amount of water.
Clean spray arms
Spray arms are the main part of a dishwasher that wash the dishes by spraying water with good pressure. This removes the remaining stains and grease from the dishes completely.
If, by any reason, there is some blockage in the holes of the spray arms, then the water will not be sprayed with the required pressure on the dishes and it will give you dirty dishes in the end (which is the biggest downfall for a restaurant in my opinion). If you clean the spray arms daily, you can keep this from happening.
Clean drainage system
For a dishwasher to work properly, its drainage system should be clean and tidy. Any blockage in the drainage system of a dishwasher will cause it to reuse the already used water to wash the dishes again. This will make the dishes even dirtier along with the dishwasher.
Also keep in mind that for a commercial dishwasher, the drain of the kitchen should be wide enough to take all the used water easily. Because these commercial dishwashers use a lot of water to wash the dishes, thus they need a good wide drain to drain all of that used water.
Empty the filter
There is a filter in every dishwasher (whether it is commercial or for home use). This filter helps in keeping any food particle or junk from entering the dishwasher and blocking its drains while removing the used water. If this filter gets blocked by a big pile of junk or food debris, then it will stop the water from draining.
This will make your dishwasher reuse the same water again and again and it will be a mess to clean both the dishes and the inside of the dishwasher afterwards. It will be too late to realize then. So, to avoid that from happening, empty and then clean the filter after some time regularly.
Air-dry the dishwasher
Germs and bacteria grow in the closed moist environment. It is necessary to air dry your commercial dishwasher at the end of the day. After the restaurant is closed, leave the dishwasher open for some time and let it air dry. This allows the air to circulate through the dishwasher and it reduces the growing bacteria inside it.
In restaurants, the workload on dishwashers is sometimes too much and the commercial dishwashers run a lot. Every machine needs maintenance after some time. So, try to service your commercial dishwashers every 2-3 months of its usage.
All the machines need us to take good care of them in order to provide a good service to us. If you are having some problems with your restaurant dishwasher and are thinking how do I make my restaurant dishwasher better, then you should take care of the above small tasks for your dishwasher and hopefully, it will be able to work properly and will not give you a tough time at all.
You can save yourself from almost all the smaller or bigger problems of a dishwasher by keeping your dishwasher clean and following all the above-mentioned steps. These will not only allow your dishwasher to wash and clean the dishes properly, but will also save you a lot of repairing money and also your time worrying about having a new dishwasher.
Here’s a video from YouTube on how a commercial dishwasher works, if it helps: