How Do I Sanitize My Water Cooler?

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

Water coolers are a great source of clean, fresh drinking water. Whether it’s stationed in the corner of your work office, or frequently visited by your kids in your kitchen, it’s essential to a healthy life. In order to keep your co-workers, employees, and/or family safe, you should aim to sanitize your water cooler once or twice a year at the very least.

Some prefer to sanitize their water cooler every time the bottle is changed, but it’s a matter of preference.

Supplies Necessary to Sanitize a Water Cooler

Half of the supplies that you need to clean your cooler will be for safety purposes and the other half will be for the sanitation process. These products include:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • A large/medium sized bucket (preferably one with a handle)
  • Bleach (preferably unscented)
  • One tablespoon
  • Warm water
  • Sponge

How to Clean a Cold-Water Cooler

Here are the steps you should take when cleaning a cold-water cooler.

  1. Before beginning the sanitation process of any kind of water cooler, be sure to unplug the machine and remove the empty bottle of water.
  2. If there is any remaining water, drain it out.
  3. Put on your safety goggles and gloves as a precautionary measure.
  4. Make your disinfecting solution. Mix together 15 mL of unscented bleach with 5 liters of warm, clean water. This solution will be used to clean a number of things in this process.
  5. Remove the water cooler drip tray carefully. To clean this piece, put it in hot, soapy water and let it sit. Then rinse the tray off with clean (not soapy) water and clean it with the disinfecting solution that you just made. Let it dry completely.
  6. Moving back to the machine, fill the inside of the cooler with your solution and scrub it with a sponge. Drain a little bit of the solution and let it sit for no more than five minutes.
  7. Drain the remainder of the disinfecting solution out into your bucket and rinse the inside of the cooler with clean water two or three times. Now drain this water out of the cooler.
  8. Put the new bottle on the cooler, plug it in, and make sure water is flowing from the spigot.

How to Clean a Hot Water Cooler

Again, the first two steps to take are to unplug the hot water cooler and then to put on your safety goggles and gloves.

Next, boil water and carefully pour it into the cooler. Drain some of that water through the spigot and let the rest sit for about three minutes. Scrub the inside of the cooler and drain out the remaining water.

It’s important not to use bleach with hot water coolers.

Where to Place Your Water Cooler

Though this may seem like a small detail, the location of your water cooler can make a difference.

Ideal areas to put your water cooler are away from direct sunlight and in an area of low traffic where someone is unlikely to bump into it. It’s also important to keep the area around it clean and free of dirt and dust.

Choose Water Boy for Water Delivery in Florida

If you’re looking to purchase a hot and cold-water cooler in Florida for your office, Water Boy can provide. When you choose Water Boy to handle all of your water cooler needs, you can rest assured that you are drinking the cleanest, most refreshing water available.

If you’re interested in office water delivery or home water delivery in Tampa, Florida, call us at (800) 799-5684 or contact us online.

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