What Do Line Cleaners Do?

We get asked occasionally about what is expected from Line Cleaners – what equipment should they be cleaning?

The rule of thumb is that line cleaners are responsible for the inside of the equipment and lines, you (Licensee) are responsible for the outside of all of the equipment.


Line Cleaners:

– Run a cleaning solution and rinse water through the lines

– Fill  & soak the FOBs with solution and rinse with water

– Soak and scrub the couplers with warm water. (If they soak and scrub in cleaning solution, they must be rinsed thoroughly with water prior to tapping)

– Dismantle, soak and scrub the faucets (taps) with hot water or solution and rinse water

You are responsible for:

– Beer splatter on the walls and ceiling

– Any sticky or growth on the outside of the lines, FOBs, gas regulators (pressure dials), shelving…anything other than couplers

– Trash that litters the floor

– Water or beer spillage anywhere

– The tower as a whole (faucets excepted)


Cleaners will sometimes take short cuts. One example is alternating faucets and couplers at cleanings. This month they clean the faucets, next month they clean the couplers… This is a bad idea.

Half filling a bucket with warm water and letting the couplers soak for two minutes and then give them a quick scrub with a brush takes about four minutes.

Faucets, admittedly, take much longer.  It takes about one minute to dismantle, soak and scrub a faucet. Twenty taps, twenty minutes. The other challenge, besides time, is that some of the fancy looking faucets are spring loaded and they take about three minutes to clean properly. They are a pain in the ass and nobody likes to clean them.  I never did when I was cleaning lines. It’s easy to talk yourself into skipping it, but they need to be done.

DentistChairI always compare line cleaning to going to the dentist. If you only visit the dentist once every five years for a cleaning, it takes much longer, hurts like hell, and costs a fortune.  Going every four months, however, there is much less build up, it gets done faster, and is relatively painless.

When you pay for monthly cleanings, you are paying for the cleaning of lines, couplers, faucets, and FOBs. Make sure you get what you pay for (that’s where we come in). If your line cleaner skips one component, just like the dentist, it takes longer to clean it the next visit.

“If you don’t have time to do it right the first time,
how are you going to have time to do it right the second time?”