How to Clean a Popcorn Machine

Just like anything that’s used to make food, popcorn machines need to be cleaned after they’ve been used. We always recommend giving it a good wipe down with a well wrung out, soft damp cloth while the machine is still warm after every use. Be sure to let the kettle cool down enough first so you don’t burn yourself. However, periodically, it will need some heavy duty cleaners to get rid of the buildup. When used correctly, our food safe cleaners will help break down that carbon build up and cut the grease.

For everyday use, you can use both Pop N Shine and Pop N Clean. The Pop N Clean is our heavy duty orange citrus degreaser that cleans the grease build up in popcorn machines. It is also organic so you don’t have to worry about leaving chemicals behind inside the kettle. It easily sprays on, getting into all the corners and cracks. Use a paper towel or soft cloth to remove the softened grime. Pop N Shine is our best non-ammoniated glass cleaner. All you have to do is spray and wipe. It cuts right through that hazy glaze left after degreasing without harming glass or plastic.

For a heavy carbon build up, we recommend that you use Heat N Kleen once a month to cut any tough residual build up. Heat N Kleen is a non toxic carbon cleaner. Simply add a few tablespoons to water in the kettle, heat, and watch it soften the carbon build up in just minutes! An even easier alternative to the Heat N Kleen would be our Kettle Pucks. Merely place the pre-measured Kettle Puck into the kettle with water and heat to 160 degrees F. When the desired temperature is reached, turn off the heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Dump out the water into a sink, wipe out the kettle and you’re good to go!

Make sure any product that you use doesn’t contain ammonia. Forget using your homemade window cleaner that contains vinegar. You’ll never get rid of the lingering smell! Always pop with high temperature oil. Coconut Oil is not only high temperature; it produces the popular movie theater flavor. It doesn’t smoke, burn, or leave a sticky crust. Treat your kettle the same as all of your electric appliances. Never submerge them in water. Getting the wires wet will ruin the kettle and end your warranty.

It can’t be stressed enough the importance of maintaining your machine properly. Not only will it be more visually appealing, it will help you to produce the best product. Most important, you are also ensuring a well working machine that will last longer. Whether at home, with employees, or in a volunteer situation, develop a “clean up” habit.

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