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Food Safety and Environmental Services

Food Equipment Cleaning and Sanitizing

Food Equipment Cleaning and Sanitizing: Water Chemistry and Quality, Characteristics of Food Soils

Table 2 - Characteristics of Food Soils
Surface Deposit Solubility Ease of Removal Heat-Induced Reactions
Sugar Water soluble Easy Carmelization
Fat Alkali soluble Difficult Polymerization
Protein Alkali soluble Very Difficult Denaturation
Starch Water soluble, Alkali soluble Easy to Moderately Easy Interactions with other constituents
Monovalent Salts Water soluble; Acid soluble Easy to Difficult Generally not significant
Polyvalent Salts Acid soluble Difficult Interaction with other constituents