If you are running a milk plant then cleaning of dairy equipment is as important as selling dairy products. You must be knowing the containers are more prone to dirt and the milk collected goes through many different containers as well as the same goes for the manufacturing and production process.
Cleaning methods involved the factors mentioned below.
- Physical cleaning
- Chemical cleaning
- Bacteriological cleaning
- Sterile cleaning
What are the things which need to be cleaned from dairy products?
Dirt needs to be cleaned properly from the containers of machinery used in the process. Dirt will be having bacteria in it which causes many types of infections, diseases. So to protect you and your customers, clean the dirt before using dairy equipment.
- Heated surface
Milk is heated at 60 degrees and milk fouling starts to form which is a deposit of calcium, magnesium, phosphate, proteins, etc. It changes its colour from white to brown residues after 8 hours.
- Cold surface
You should start cleaning immediately after the system is emptied. Otherwise, the white form will dry and it will be difficult for you to remove. For cleansing, you should use brushes which are meant for such types of milking machine cleaning brushes.
What is the process of cleaning?
Still, some people use the old technique of cleaning equipment with the help of detergent and scrubbing. But they are not understanding that this method is not effective as well as it is time-consuming. Instead of using this method use the CIP method to clean the equipment.
What is the Cleaning-in-place (CIP) method?
- Pre-rinsing the equipment will help you to remove the residue.
- You should do it after the run of a production.
- To remove the milk fats you should put warm water inside it and it will be washed easily.
- You should continue pre-rinsing until the existing system becomes transparent.
Step 2: Clean it with detergent
- To remove the dirt from hot surfaces use acidic detergent.
- If the residue is gathered on cold surfaces then also use the alkaline to remove it properly.
- You can use teepol also.
Step 3: Clean with water again
- After cleaning it with the detergent you should clean the machinery with water properly so that no detergent will be left on it.
- You can add citric or phosphoric acid to prevent overnight bacteria formation.
Step 4: Disinfecting
- After cleaning the equipment physically, bacterially, chemically cleaned then the disinfecting process will start.
- There are two ways of disinfecting it such as
- Thermal disinfection
This person will be using hot water to clean.
- There is a disinfectant solution available in the market where you can thoroughly wash out with water.