Your office coffee pot will see a lot of coffee brewing action as the months and years go by. Cleaning the office coffee pot can be one of the top things overlooked when it comes to cleaning at work. But cleaning the coffee pot is something that should be regularly addressed in order to keep it functioning well and brewing good-tasting coffee. Next, we’ll explain more about cleaning the office coffee pot.
Cleaning the Office Coffee Pot
It’s a necessity to clean your break room appliances on a regular basis. And honestly, cleaning a coffee pot can be an easy process that will make you (and your co-workers) happy it’s getting done. Keep in mind that cleaning the office coffee pot is not only about getting rid of the residue in the coffee pot itself, but also in the water reservoir.
A thorough cleaning of the coffee maker will help eliminate any smells that have settled in. Start by gathering up a few supplies to make your coffee pot cleaning easy: cleaning cloths, white vinegar, warm water, and a toothbrush.
How to Deep Clean a Coffee Pot and Coffee Maker
Again, cleaning your coffee pot and coffee maker won’t be too difficult, but deep cleans can take a bit of time.
- White Vinegar in Water Reservoir It’s a bit smelly but using white vinegar will help break down water deposits on the inside reservoir of your coffee maker and the coffee pot itself. Fill the entire reservoir with ½ water and ½ white vinegar. Turn the coffee maker on and let it run through a partial cycle. Once it has “brewed” half of the water and vinegar mixture, turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for a while to soak. We recommend letting it soak about 60 minutes. Then finish running the white vinegar mixture through the coffee pot and dump out the solution. The water-vinegar solution you dump will probably be a bit brown, but take that as a sign you know the cleaning process is working well. Next, run an entire reservoir of clean water through the coffee maker until the water runs clear. Repeat as necessary.
- Clean Coffee Pot and Filter Basket If you can run your coffee pot and filter basket through the dishwasher, they will come out very clean. If you need to clean them by hand, soak them in some vinegar and warm water. Scrub and dry the pot by hand to eliminate any water stains. If you have a gentle scrubby pad and some difficult build-up of water scales or coffee, you can use this soft scrubby to remove any remaining stains. Use the toothbrush to clean the basket as necessary.
- Wipe Coffee Maker With more vinegar and water, wipe down the entire inside of the coffee maker as far as you can reach, and then the burner. You will need to do this a number of times to get any remaining coffee remnants off the surfaces.
- Dry Air-dry the entire coffee machine. This should also be done after every day of coffee brewing to ensure the inside of the coffee maker stays bacteria- and mold-free.
5 Steps to Clean Coffee Dispenser Machines
Coffee dispenser machines need cleaning, too! Here’s how:
- Machine Parts Instead of tossing any of the coffee machine parts into the dishwasher, soak the reservoir and dispenser parts in a warm vinegar and water solution.
- Thorough Cleaning Use the toothbrush to clean any hard-to-reach areas. Soak tough stains and watermarks with vinegar if you can and wipe clean.
- Vinegar and Water Run a solution of vinegar and water through the coffee dispenser for one cup. During the second cup, if you can turn it off, let the vinegar solution sit in the dispenser for 30 minutes to soak. Finish running the cleaning solution through the coffee dispenser and then run clear water through it until the water runs clear.
- Wipe Thoroughly wipe the coffee dispenser and dry well to make it look nice.
- Dry Always air dry the coffee dispenser reservoir after cleaning and at the end of the day to keep it fresh as long as possible.
Enjoy your freshly-cleaned office coffee maker! Your coffee will taste better and the machine will brew a healthier cup for you and the entire team.
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