In the realm of workplace hydration, filtered water coolers stand as reliable sources of clean, refreshing water. Many users assume that the water these machines dispense is inherently safe, given their filtration systems. However, the truth is, even the cleanest water can become a breeding ground for bacteria if the cooler isn't properly maintained. A bacterial biofilm can form in water coolers that can get thick enough you can even see it! This layer of slime can contain billions of bacteria that can populate the water.
In this blog post, we'll uncover the reasons why cleaning your filtered water dispenser is paramount, exploring why bacteria can develop despite the use of clean water. We'll also shed light on the misconception that self-cleaning machines are completely maintenance-free and finish with the fundamental steps you need to follow to ensure your water cooler stays pristine.
The Stealthy Threat - Bacteria in Filtered Water
Filtered water coolers are designed to provide purified water. However, these systems aren't foolproof against bacterial contamination. Bacteria can infiltrate the cooler through various avenues, including improper handling of water containers, unclean hands, or even airborne particles. Once inside, they can multiply rapidly, posing health risks to anyone who consumes the water.
The Self-Cleaning Myth - Why Your Machine Still Needs Attention
Many modern water coolers boast self-cleaning features, giving users a false sense of security. While these mechanisms do help sanitise the inner tanks and tubing, they aren't infallible and don’t cover every single part of the machine. Over time, residue, mineral deposits, and other contaminants can accumulate inside the cooler, undermining its efficiency and cleanliness. Regular cleaning ensures that these issues are addressed, maintaining both the functionality and safety of the unit.
Cleaning Your Filtered Water Cooler - The Basics
Always follow manufacturer instructions on how to properly clean and maintain your water cooler. The steps below are provided as a general guide for maintenance.
1. Gather Supplies: You'll need mild dish soap, a soft brush, a microfibre cloth, and vinegar.
2. Unplug and Disassemble: Turn off the cooler and unplug it. Disassemble the parts, including the drip tray and water reservoir.
3. Clean the Removable Parts: Wash removable components with soapy water. Use the soft brush to scrub hard-to-reach areas.
4. Descale with Vinegar: Mix equal parts water and vinegar. Use this solution to descale the water reservoir, ensuring all mineral deposits are dissolved.
5. Wipe Down Exterior: Clean the exterior with a damp microfibre cloth. Pay attention to buttons, handles, and faucets.
6. Reassemble and Test: Once dry, reassemble the cooler. Run a few cycles of water to ensure any lingering traces of vinegar are flushed out.
By following these steps regularly, you not only maintain the efficiency of your filtered water cooler but also safeguard the health of everyone relying on it. Depending on usage, most machines will require a full clean and sanitisation every 6 to 12 months.
Remember, a clean water cooler is a healthy water cooler.
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