6.4 Manual vs. Automated Cleaning

Manual Cleaning

Manual cleaning is conducted by well-trained operators who wear appropriate PPE, such as face and eye coverings, domestic gloves, etc.

The two-sink method is used when manually cleaning equipment. In this method, two sinks are utilized. One sink is filled with tap water and the correct concentration of detergent for cleaning, while the other is filled with tap water for thorough rinsing.

The water must be kept at a temperature of around 80˚F–110˚F (27˚C–44˚C), as temperatures over 110˚F (44˚C) cause protein coagulation.

During the cleaning process, the operator dips the equipment under the water and cleans it using a soft nylon brush to remove debris. A periodic visual inspection to check for residual dirt is a must during manual cleaning.

Thus, manual cleaning removes problematic debris from surfaces through friction, enabling proper cleaning agent implementation and effectiveness. It also allows for proper care and attention to interfaces that may consist of nooks and crannies or hard-to-reach regions that other techniques would otherwise overlook.

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