How Do I Disinfect My Water Cooler?
Here are some easy steps to follow to make sure your bottled water cooler is clean and ready for your great tasting Aquazania Water. Generally, it is not necessary to clean an Aquacooler (which you can read more about here), but also – cleaning a bottled water cooler is really pretty easy if you feel the need to. You may choose to disinfect your cooler after a particularly messy spill – maybe inside the cooler or on the taps, or perhaps you fitted a bottle which had an dirtied cap.
Before you start, you’ll need the following:
- Lint-free towel or lint-free paper towels
- Clean container or bucket that can hold a gallon or two of water
How to Clean a Water Cooler
To begin cleaning your water cooler, first disconnect the water cooler power cord from the outlet.
Remove the bottle from your cooler (it’s best to do this when the bottle is empty) and drain reservoir through the cold water (blue) tap into a bucket and throw that away or give it to your pets or plants. If there is ice in the reservoir, allow it to melt and then drain. Add hot water to speed up this process. Drain the hot water reservoir (if you have one), too.
Remove the water guard or spill-free top from your cooler. Some tops are a pressure fit and others require a twisting motion. Take your time and figure out how your top comes off.
Clean/Wash water cooler exterior & taps with hot water and mild soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly with paper towels.
If yours is a hot & cold cooler, then you must empty the reservoir by draining it through the tap as well. Remember the hot tank sanitizes itself since it’s excpetionally hot.
All you need to do to sanitise the outside of your Aquacooler is a bucket of piping hot water (perhaps use the water you drained from the hot tap) and some mild detergent. Make sure it’s not too soapy; dip a clean, lint-free towel into the solution and wring out the excess liquid. Now, take that towel and thoroughly clean all of exterior surfaces of the cooler. If you wipe over the taps, ensure you flush them for at least a minute thereafter to ensure there is no residue of the detergent left behind.
Sanitizing the interior is just as easy – all you need to do is ensure you get no detergent inside the machine. Using piping hot water again, wipe down the internals of the machine which you can reach.
Place a bottle on the cooler and drain two cups of water from each tap (hot, room temp, and cold). You shouldn’t have any detergent or other taste. If you do, keep draining more water until the taste disappears.
Plug the cooler back in – it’ll take thirty minutes or so before the water is hot and/or cold.
You’ve just cleaned and sanitized your bottled water cooler!
If this didn’t help in removing odours or tastes, book your Aquacooler in for a full in-house cleaning.
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