Coronavirus | Clean and Disinfect Newco Machines

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

For updated information on the coronavirus please check the CDC and WHO websites.

How to Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Beverage equipment, water coolers and dispensers are common touch areas for personnel within the work environment.

In order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), here are some helpful tips to keep Newco machines clean and disinfected.

  • Wear gloves while cleaning and disinfecting beverage machines.
  • If machine appears dirty, clean exterior with a damp towel  that has a mild detergent or soap and water  first before disinfecting.  Avoid dripping by using less liquid on the cloth.  (DO NOT use detergent/soap solution on touch screens).
  • Disinfect using products from the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 . Some examples are Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol® Disinfectant Spray, and PURELL Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes.
  • In order for disinfectant products to be effective follow the instructions. The recommended contact time for disinfectants varies anywhere between 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Wiping them too soon might not disinfect the surface.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes buttons, touch screens, brew baskets and carafe handles.
  • If disinfecting touch screens, please use alcohol wipes that are at least 70% alcohol. If using a spray do not spray directly on the touch screen but dampen a soft cloth and use that to wipe the touch screen. Avoid dripping by using less liquid on the cloth. 
  • DO NOT use Bleach on touch screens, it can damage sensitive components and coatings.

How to Properly Shut Down Newco Machines

Given many locations are pausing operations, we wanted to provide the following communication should your facility plan to close for an extended length of time. These steps will protect your equipment and reduce the potential damage and sanitation requirements when the equipment will need to be reactivated to provide beverages for your customers.

Newco highly recommends the following procedures before turning the power and water off to Newco machines.

  • Empty all product out of the machine. If possible, after emptying the bean hoppers in espresso machines and single cup brewers, vacuum the grinder chutes on top to get the last beans out. On liquid concentrate machines, remove the concentrate bags of product, and bag-n-box product.
  • Run a cleaning cycle on espresso machines. Run for both coffee and milk systems and fully automatic equipment. (This is the most critical step). On liquid concentrate machines, flush all product lines, then run Easy Clean through all product lines, and finally sanitize all product lines.
  • For drip brewers clean out all components and wipe down all surfaces, especially around the spray head, above the brew basket. 
  • Make sure all ground coffee and soluble powder bins inside the machines are empty and clean, and the drip trays are empty and clean. 
  • Once all equipment has completed its cleaning cycle, and on the equipment needing the sanitizing cycle has been run, the units can be unplugged from the outlets, and water lines turned off. If the machine is direct connected to a power source, turn off the circuit breaker to the machine.  Some Newco machines have energy saving modes; do not use this feature while machines are not in use for long periods of time. Turn off the power completely. Most equipment has internal water tanks which hold water for beverage delivery. These tanks should be drained to eliminate stagnate water and bacteria growth . Please check with our technical team how to drain the tank systems , please have the model available.

What is Newco Doing

We pray that all of our customers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones are safe and managing through the life changes caused by COVID-19. 

Our company and team of people are diligently working to fulfill your equipment orders in a timely manner. Newco has implemented all recommended safety precautions to prevent against COVID-19 within our facility. We will continue to follow the guidelines and adhere to the requirements of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local government authorities. 

That being said, please reach out if we can assist you and your company during this uncertain time. Newco will continue to produce equipment and provide technical support.