What’s Involved In Cleaning Frozen Yogurt and Soft Serve Ice Cream Machines?

When you operate a frozen yogurt franchise or soft serve ice cream shop, you’re going to be responsible for either buying or renting the machines that both create and dispense the frozen treats. Frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream machines are nifty apparatuses. To the customer, they look like rectangular metal boxes that magically dole out frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream when a lever is rotated. But in reality, the machines are intricate pieces of equipment that convert liquid mixes into the cold and delicious substances we like to call frozen yogurt and/or soft serve ice cream. It’s just like magic… put in a few ingredients and voila!… out comes a frozen dessert!

Keep Commercial Ice Cream Machines Clean!
Frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream machines must be kept clean in order to function properly.  They must also be kept clean because that is what the health department requires. Every frozen yogurt and/or soft serve ice cream shop in the United States is monitored by a city or county health department. And as a shop owner, you must abide by the rules and regulations of the city or county in which your shop is situated. By and large, many health departments require that soft serve machines be thoroughly cleaned approximately once per week. However, it’s important to verify this frequency with your local health department.

Unless instructed otherwise, we at Forte Supply usually recommend that frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream machines be cleaned every five to seven days because it typically takes more than a week for yogurt cultures that are kept under 42 degrees in the mixing hopper and the freezing cylinder to grow new bacteria.

Daily Cleaning of Ice Cream Machines?
Some frozen yogurt franchise mangers and soft serve machine owners that purchase equipment from Forte Supply initially think that a thorough and detailed  cleaning on a daily basis is necessary for their soft serve machines, because that’s the only way to ensure sanitary conditions in their shops. However, we believe that a methodical daily cleaning is not only extremely time consuming but also that also costs money and is not essential.

You should absolutely wipe down the exterior of your frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream machinery on a daily basis – or even several times a day. You should also make sure the soft serve machines are kept covered to prevent dirt particles, dust, and other miscellaneous items from falling into them. Additionally, it is extremely important to make sure your machines are consistently kept at the correct temperature – – 42 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. However,  it is perfectly acceptable and sanitary to keep the extensive cleaning of the interior of your machines on every five- to- seven- day schedule. When you do clean the interior of your frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream machines, make sure to use the correct type of cleaning solutions.

If you have any questions about how to clean your equipment, please don’t hesitate to call Forte Supply for advice and guidance.

We can be reached at (888) 610-5520.

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