Wineemotion Cleaning, Maintenance & Storage During COVID-19
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Testing at the National Institutes of Health has found the novel coronavirus can survive on surfaces for 2-3 days. That means careful, frequent cleaning of all surfaces in your establishment is more important than ever to keep your employees and customers safe – that includes your Wineemotion dispensing and preservation system.
Keep reading to learn specific procedures for cleaning and disinfecting your Wineemotion equipment while you’re open, and properly storing your machine if you need to temporarily close.
Machine Cleaning & Disinfection
While you remain open, we want to take a moment to focus on the cleaning and disinfecting of your machine to help prevent COVID-19 spread.
Normal daily and monthly cleaning of your machine should continue. While part of this daily cleaning includes sanitizing food services, some bacteria and viruses are more resistant to normal sanitizing solutions.
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website recommendations, cleaning surfaces with soap and water is not the same as disinfecting them. You will need to clean surfaces (remove germs, dirt, and impurities) before you disinfect (use chemicals to kill germs).
NOTE: Bleach can corrode stainless steel. We do not recommend the use of bleach on your Wineemotion machine. Always check to ensure the disinfecting product is not past its expiration date.
Registered ammonia based disinfectants ARE safe to use on stainless steel. Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. Use glass cleaner to keep your machine looking clean, but it is not a disinfectant – use ammonia to disinfect.
Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Mixing will create a deadly gas.
Products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved emerging viral pathogens claims icon are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. The complete list of approved disinfectants can be found here on the EPA website.
Preparing your Dispenser for Temporary Closure
Unfortunately, it is clear that in the coming weeks (if not already), many venues will need to shut down for a period of time to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, we want to provide you with the following action items to consider when preparing your venue for temporary closure.
- Remove all bottles from your dispenser/s
- Run cleaning solution followed by hot water through each bottle position before shutdown
- Soak all the spouts with hot water for a few seconds and dry off with a clean towel
- Turn off equipment
- Shut off Argon/Nitrogen gas to equipment
- Clean and disinfect the system with proper disinfectants
By following these steps, when you’re ready to re-open, your Wineemotion system will be ready for immediate service!
And don’t worry, we are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our call center will be staffed to answer your questions and concerns. We believe if we keep productive and stick together, we will come out of this crisis stronger than ever.
Stay Healthy and Safe!