As with anything, there’s a hard way and an easy way to do things. And while you may not realise it (it just stores and dispenses water?) the bottled water cooler in your home and office can get dirty.
We’d recommend that you clean your water cooler every six- to eight-weeks. And with the right tools and some guidance from us, you’ll be able to get this little ritual waxed in thirty minutes or less!
What do you need?
- Clean rubber gloves
- 5 litres of clean water
- 15ml of anti-bacterial solution (one part solution to three parts water)
- A soft sponge
- Empty buckets
Steps to Cleaning the Water Cooler
- Mix together the anti-bacterial solution, a mixture of clean water and anti-bacterial solution.
- Unplug the water cooler from the power outlet in the wall.
- Remove the (preferably empty) water bottle, and drain any water in the reservoir through the faucets into a bucket.
- Don your rubber gloves and, with a small amount of anti-bacterial solution (used neat) use the soft sponge to remove any build up from the walls of the interior reservoir. If there are any additional removable parts in your water cooler, remove them and clean individually. Take note of how it all fits together as well, so you can replace the items at the end.
- Fill the interior reservoir with the mixture of the anti-bacterial solution and water. Allow this mixture to sit in the reservoir for 5 to 10 minutes then drain through the faucets into a bucket to disinfect the faucets themselves. Once done, fill the interior reservoir once more with clean water and empty it through the faucets into a bucket. Do this at least four times – or until there is no longer a tinge of the solution to the water.
- Remove the drip tray and screen (if there is one) and wash both of these with the anti-bacterial solution. Rinse thoroughly and replace.
- Once you’ve scrubbed, soaked and rinsed everything, you’ll be able to insert the new water bottle.
- Replace all the removable parts in your water cooler. Put your rubber gloves on once more and wipe the top of the new water bottle with the anti-bacterial solution. Insert it into the cooler and let it fill the reservoir.
- Use a towel that doesn’t produce lint to give the water cooler exterior a good wipe. You can choose to do this with the anti-bacterial solution as well. Pay particular attention to the faucets.
- Once everything is in its rightful place, plug your water cooler back in and allow 30-minutes for the water inside it to reach the desired temperature.
If your water cooler has both a hot and a cold faucet, it’s vital that you do not get the anti-bacterial solution into the hot water tank. Prevent this from happening when you clear your water cooler by plugging the hot water tank with a cork. If the solution does get into the hot tank, it could take several days for the taste to clear – and a great many ruined cups of coffee. Rather ensure that the tank is plugged first to avoid disgruntled co-workers and family members.
Take extra special care not to get the air filter wet. Remove it carefully if you can and store it high up to keep it dry. Also store your unused water bottles in a clean and cool area, to preserve the quality of the water inside them.
You can clean your water cooler with a white vinegar solution if you’d prefer. Simply mix one part white vinegar with three parts clean water for a germ-busting solution that will do the job properly without breaking the bank.
By following these simple steps every six- to eight-weeks, you can easily maintain the cleanliness of your water cooler and ensure its reputation as a consistent provider of fresh, clean water for those in need of a good thirst quenching.