It is crucial to stay clean to maintain proper hygiene. Like our bodies, keeping our water coolers clean with an appropriate sanitation process is the first step to maintaining hygiene. This will naturally ensure that the water cooler is safe to use and the water is pure to consume. Water coolers need to be cleaned once every three months, as suggested by the British Water Cooler Association. It is also recommended to sanitize the water cooler every time the bottle is changed or once every six months. In the water cooler connected to the main water line, the reservoirs need to be sanitized, and the filter needs to be changed once every six months.
Some necessities required to clean the water coolers are clean disposable gloves, lint-free towels, a large clean container, a cleaning brush, clean cork, and a little amount of unscented bleach.
Here are the basic steps to sanitize a water cooler:
- Disconnect the power cord of the water cooler from the outlet.
- When the bottle is empty, remove it from the water cooler and naturally drain any remaining water from the reservoir through the spigot into the large clean container.
- Remove the spill-free guard and then remove the baffle inside the reservoir.
- Plug the main water hole to prevent the water from mixing with the cleaning solution.
- Fill the reservoir with the cleaning solution (bleach and warm water) and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Then take the cleaning brush and scrub the inside of the reservoir. Drain some of the solutions through the spigot and clean the inside of it.
- Clean the outside of the reservoir and then properly drain out the remaining solution
- Fill up the reservoir with only warm water to naturally dissolve and remove the cleaning solution.
- Wipe the reservoir dry with the lint-free towels before installing it.
- After installation, run out some of the water through the fixture to remove any remaining solution.
Drinking water is an essential part of our diet. Hence, proper sanitization of the water cooler is important to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Unclean water coolers are distasteful to look at, but the contamination of the water as a result of the bacteria build-up may lead to people getting sick. The NSF (National Science Foundation) has researched that about 2.7 million germs can be found in 1 square inch of a water cooler. Moreover, unclean water coolers also add a very unpleasant taste to the water, making it undrinkable. It is bad for our health and our reputation if we serve that water to an outsider. Bacteria can grow and build up in any suitable area. Therefore, we should always keep our water coolers clean to prevent water contamination and enjoy safe and clean drinking water.