Cleaning a Server Pump
Server pumps are indispensable aids when it comes to providing customers consistent portions of their favorite foods, whether that's ice cream toppings or sandwich dressings. To maximize your equipment's service life and continue to serve safe, fresh products, be sure to keep your condiment dispensers clean and properly maintained. Here are a few tips for cleaning a Server pump and keeping it in top shape so it can continue to be a boon to your business for years to come.
Disassembling the Pump
Before you clean your Server pump, you must first disassemble it.
- Dispense all remaining product from the container.
- Remove pump from container and clean the outside of the pump with soapy water.
- Flush the pump by immersing the tube in warm soapy water and pumping unit until only clean water is dispensed.
- Turn locking collar and discharge tube counterclockwise to remove plunger and lid from pump cylinder.
- Remove large silicone gasket or O-ring from the pump valve body.
- Remove small O-ring from discharge tube.
- Rotate knob counterclockwise to remove from the pump plunger.
- Remove locking collar from head tube.
- Remove washer and spring from piston.
- Remove seal assembly from piston head.
- Remove O-ring from inside seal.
Washing the Pump Parts
Now that the pump has been disassembled, you may clean the Server pump parts. Server recommends that the parts be washed in a pan or similar container to avoid losing the smaller pieces. Parts should be washed with a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or brush to avoid damaging the pieces.
Clean the pump tube and cylinder with the brushes supplied with the pump. Thoroughly clean all openings in the valve pump body. To sanitize the Server pump, use a chemical sanitizer that has been approved by your local health department, as requirements vary across jurisdictions. Be sure to rinse and dry all pieces prior to reassembling to protect the pump from corrosion and maintain sanitary conditions.
Tips for Cleaning a Server Pump
- Wash parts in a tub or similar container to prevent losing small pieces.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners or coarse materials that could scratch pieces.
- Do not use cleaners that can corrode stainless steel, such as those with high concentrations of acid, alkali, or chlorine.
- Avoid using ammonia cleaners, as they can damage plastic parts.
- Rinse all parts with clean water after they've been cleaned.
- Thoroughly dry all stainless steel parts to prevent corrosion.
- All parts that come into contact with food must be properly sanitized. Procedures will vary according to your local ordinances. Check with your health department to determine the correct sanitizer to use.