How to clean the water dispenser in 7 simple steps-Bob Vila

2021-11-13 01:24:32 By : Ms. Clare Feng

Jasmine Harding | Posted on October 14, 2021 at 3:06 PM

With the push of a button, the water cooler can provide fresh filtered drinking water. Since they are common devices in offices, gyms, and homes, you can use one of these convenient dispensers almost every day. But have you ever wondered what keeps them clean? The water dispenser creates a humid environment that may breed mold, dirt and bacteria. Frequent cleaning helps prevent bacteria and other harmful substances from entering. Read on to learn how to clean water dispensers and keep drinking water healthy.

The kettle cooler should be cleaned every time the bottle is changed or every 6 weeks (whichever comes first). Remember, it’s easier to use an empty gallon dispenser than a full dispenser, so it’s best to plan for cleaning when you need to change the bottle. It is also prudent to consult the manufacturer's cleaning instructions, as the steps may vary from model to model. Earlier, we have outlined the basic steps of how to clean the water dispenser.

Before we start to understand how to clean the water dispenser, there is an important step to remember: Before you start cleaning, be sure to unplug the cooler. This ensures that the water cooler can be cleaned safely, even in the event of accidental overflow. After unplugging, take out the empty water bottle and use a drain plug or faucet to drain the remaining water. After unplugging the cooler and removing the water source, you can start cleaning the water dispenser.

To properly clean the inside of the water cooler, you need to remove the waterproof cover and baffle. If they are not easy to remove, follow the manufacturer's instructions to remove these parts without damaging them. Clean these parts with mild detergent and warm water. If you want, you can use a non-abrasive sponge to clean them. Rinse each piece thoroughly with clean water to ensure that there is no residual soap or smell. Let the parts dry completely or wipe them dry with a clean soft cloth.

Vinegar cleaner is a natural and safe way to disinfect water dispensers. Mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 3 cups of hot water (or any ratio of 1:3) into a vinegar solution, and then fill the cooler water tank. Use a long-handled gentle brush to scrub the inside of the water tank. Let the solution stand for a few minutes to soak the internal parts. After cleaning the water tank, turn on the faucet to let some cleaning fluid flow through and help clean the nozzles.

Place a large enough bucket under the faucet to drain the remaining vinegar cleaning solution from the water tank. Refill the water tank with clean water and rinse thoroughly to remove the vinegar solution. Use the brush again to ensure that the surface is clean and tidy, and to remove all remaining cleaning fluid. Repeat the steps of draining, adding water, and rinsing two to three times to ensure that there is no vinegar or odor remaining. Dispose of the discharged solution and flush the water in the drain pipe.

Faucets and drip trays are high-contact and high-humidity surfaces that require frequent cleaning. Remove these pieces from the bottled water dispenser and clean them in the sink with dish soap and warm water. If applicable, clean the tray and screen separately. If you want better cleaning, you can use the same non-abrasive sponge to scrub these parts. Rinse the parts thoroughly and let them air dry completely or wipe dry with a soft cloth. If you cannot remove the faucet, clean them with a cloth and hot soapy water.

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The outside of the water dispenser is also a high-contact surface that can collect bacteria, dirt and dust. Wipe the outside of the kettle cooler with a soft cloth. For better cleaning, add a small amount of soapy water or a non-toxic detergent (such as vinegar cleaner) to wipe the exterior. Make sure to use only non-abrasive cloths and cleaners to prevent any scratches.

Put back the newly cleaned and dried parts (waterproof cover, baffle, faucet and drip tray). Make sure they are installed correctly to avoid any leakage or overflow. Install a new water bottle in the water cooler and press the tap until the water starts to flow. If necessary, refill the cup holder and taste the water to make sure there is no unpleasant aftertaste. Reinsert the water cooler and it can be used.

At best, dirty water coolers are an annoying sight. Worst of all, it can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and bacteria. Keeping the water dispenser clean can ensure healthier, better-tasting water. Frequent cleaning (every time the bottle is changed or every six weeks) is an important step in the maintenance of the water dispenser. By following the above steps, you can make sure that there are no nasty bacteria lurking in the drinker, and you will always get cool, refreshing water on demand.

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