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Bottling lines: How to clean and disinfect glass bottles?

Bottling lines represent a fundamental aspect of the production process, ensuring that products are packaged in a safe and hygienic manner. A crucial element of this process is the cleaning and sanitising of the glass bottles employed. This article aims to elucidate the significance of this practice and the advantages of steam as an alternative method of cleaning glass bottles. Furthermore, it will provide comprehensive instructions on the utilisation of steam to clean glass bottles and the entire wine or beer bottling line.

Why is it important to sanitise and wash glass bottles?

It is of the utmost importance to ensure the safety and quality of the final product by cleaning and disinfecting glass bottles. The presence of dirt, residues or contaminants can compromise the integrity of the product and put consumers’ health at risk. Furthermore, if glass bottles are not properly cleaned, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Effective disinfection and sanitisation of beer and other beverage bottles is therefore essential to prevent contamination and ensure compliance with hygiene regulations.

Finally, during the bottling process, glass bottles can accumulate product residues and fouling that can jeopardise the quality of the next production batch. Regular cleaning of wine and other beverage bottling lines helps remove these residues, thus maintaining the optimal condition of the bottles for subsequent use.

The benefits of steam for cleaning glass bottles and bottling lines

Steam is emerging as an effective and sustainable alternative for cleaning glass bottles in wine bottling lines. There are many advantages to this method, the most important of which are as follows:

  • Deep cleaning and sanitising action: The high temperature and pressure of the dry saturated steam penetrates deep into the pores of the glass, effectively removing dirt, residues and micro-organisms.
  • Elimination of bacteria, viruses and mould: Steam is able to eliminate a wide range of bacteria, viruses and mould without the use of harsh chemicals.
  • Reduced water and detergent use: The use of steam significantly reduces water and detergent consumption, contributing to greater environmental sustainability and long-term cost savings.
  • Respect for the environment: Steam is an environmentally friendly solution as it does not produce harmful chemical residues and does not contribute to environmental pollution.
  • Versatile cleaning: With a single machine it is possible to carry out the complete sanitisation of the cellar, including the cleaning of wooden barrels and barriques, the bottling line and even glass bottles.
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Tips on how to steam clean glass bottles

In order to achieve optimal results when sanitising glass bottles with steam, it is important to follow a few practical tips.

The first essential step is to select the right steam cleaner for the specific needs of your bottling line. It is necessary to choose an industrial steam cleaner that offers the right combination of pressure, temperature and steam generation capacity. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that the cleaner has features and accessories suitable for cleaning glass bottles. 

To ensure effective and thorough cleaning, it is advisable to utilise specific accessories designed for glass bottles. These accessories may include specialised nozzles or brushes that allow the user to reach difficult-to-clean corners and surfaces.

Following the steam cleaning process, it is important to carefully inspect the bottles for visible dirt or contaminants on the bottle surfaces. In the event of any problems or doubts, it is recommended to repeat the cleaning process or take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with hygiene regulations.

By following these tips, you can ensure that glass bottles are effectively and safely steam-cleaned and disinfected, helping to maintain an appropriate level of hygiene on the wine or beer bottling line.

Steam as an ally in the safety and hygiene of the bottling line

STI Steam Industry offers a range of industrial steam cleaners for the sanitisation of wine, beer and beverage bottling plants. These include the Gaiser 6000, Gaiser 9000, Gaiser 18000, Comby 6000 and Comby 9000. These devices are designed to generate steam at high pressure and temperature, ensuring deep cleaning and sanitising. Thanks to their robustness and versatility, STI steam generators can be easily integrated into production lines, enabling fast and efficient cleaning of glass bottles, meeting the high standards of hygiene and safety required by the food and beverage industry.

For further information on how steam can assist with bottling line cleaning, please contact us or complete the form to request a free consultation. Our experts are available to provide you with all the information you require and to assist you in identifying the most suitable solution for your specific needs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about STI steam cleaners for sanitisation. Contact us directly to request further details about our machines and to start improving the condition of your bottling lines today!

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